Thursday, 5th February

PRESS RELEASE: WA’s top female triathletes set to dominate in Rockingham

Cockburn Sound is set to host the strongest female field ever assembled for a Sprint Distance race in WA at the City of Rockingham Triathlon – Race #4 of the Telstra Triathlon Series on Sunday, 15th February.

A crowd of over 2,000 are expected to watch elite triathletes Katey Gibb, Renee Baker, Felicity Sheedy-Ryan, Tegan Scott and Mikala Falconer take on the beachfront course, which is one of the most popular in the state – consisting of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

28-year-old Katey Gibb is currently leading the Women’s Series and will be racing for her third consecutive series win. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan is also a hot favourite; well-known for her tenacious spirit, Sheedy-Ryan won the series opening race in Hillarys and has placed second in the last two races. 2013/14 Series winner Renee Baker returns to the line-up for her first race in WA for 2015 after finishing second at Qattro Glenelg Triathlon in Adelaide on February 1st, while youngsters Tegan Scott and Mikala Falconer have come into form in the 2014/15 season and will push for a place in the top three.

Race director Dave Budge said that the race is going to be exciting to watch for all sports-fanatics, even those who aren’t familiar with triathlon.

“It’s an absolutely cracking field – these women are some of the fittest females you’ll see across any sport. They’re serious competitors and they’ll run themselves into the ground to be first over the line.”

“Triathlon is easy to follow and exciting to watch – uncomplicated and massively reliant on mental strength and determination, something that everyone can relate to. The run and bike turnaround points are close to the event village, which is ideal for spectators, and we’ll have our commentators letting the crowd know the relevant stats and facts,” said Dave.

In the men’s field, 16-year-old Oli Stenning who finished second-place at the City of Busselton Triathlon will be looking to back-up his break-out performance with a win. Stenning will no doubt keep strong contender Paul Mackay (a consistent top three finisher) on his toes.

Aside from the elite triathletes, the event also caters for first-time competitors with the short distance ‘Enticer’ triathlon – a 250m Swim, 10km Cycle and 2km Run. The Rockingham venue is especially popular for first-time participants due to the sheltered nature of the swim course.

Budding triathletes aged 7-11 can take on the Sunday Times Chillout! Tadpoles Triathlon. The event – a 100m Swim, 3km Cycle and 500m Run – is non-competitive and each participant receives a finisher’s medal, sausage sizzle and juice box.

Event information and registration can be found at . Online entries close Friday, 13th February.
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