FLAG WAVERS: Lani Blunn, 5, Eliza Blunn, 8, and Abbie Yourell, 6, of Evans Head, dress up patriotically for the day.
FLAG WAVERS: Lani Blunn, 5, Eliza Blunn, 8, and Abbie Yourell, 6, of Evans Head, dress up patriotically for the day. Samantha Elley

A very Australian triathlon

MORE than 100 people representing all ages gathered early on Australia Day at Evans Head to participate in the team triathlon.

After an early morning briefing, the first member of each team undertook the swim leg of the race.

First out of the water was no surprise, as it was the familiar face of Morgan Freney, sister to Paralympian Jacqueline and a strong swimmer in her own right.

Swimmers had to race to the nearby table to scoff down a Tim Tam before their next team member could jump on a paddle board to race to the gazebos, where a Vegemite sandwich was waiting for them.

The final leg, an 800m run to Evans Head Surf Club, saw winner Harry Daley, of Modanville, cross the line. He was part of a team with Thomas Somerville, of Evans Head, and Pete Duncan, of Coraki.

Due to inclement weather forecast for the day, the rest of the morning activities were moved to the Evans River K-12 School.

Richmond Valley Australia Day ambassador and celebrity chef Janelle Bloom and Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett were on hand to present the official awards and appreciation certificates.

Ms Bloom was not going to get out of having to cook a dish or two and was challenged to a cook-off by local chef Werner Bollaan.

While Ms Bloom cooked gourmet burgers and a meringue dessert, she was only just beaten by Mr Bollaan's offering of a crouton bruschetta with grilled prawns, followed by a dessert of fruit kebab served with yoghurt.

"I think I had the home-town advantage," Mr Bollaan said. "I put my hand up to do the challenge as I love being on stage and I love cooking."



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