EVERYONE’S A WINNER: Celebrating their medal haul at this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon are contestants (from left) Angus Smyth, Cory McInnes, Jack Atkins and Ethan Bayly.
EVERYONE’S A WINNER: Celebrating their medal haul at this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon are contestants (from left) Angus Smyth, Cory McInnes, Jack Atkins and Ethan Bayly. Stuart Turner

Bitten by triathlon bug

NOW she has been bitten by the triathlon bug, there's no holding Grace McLaren back.

The 11-year-old was among dozens of competitors enjoying this year's Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.

Entrants from under-6s through to 12 years undertook races of various distances, with the emphasis on fun and fitness.

Home competitor Grace said she had enjoyed the experience of her first ever triathlon.

"I was thinking, 'It's over, thank God', but then you want to do it again," she said.

"I was nervous, but I'm glad I did it.

"It feels like I have acc

omplished something today.

"I think everyone should have a go at triathlon."

Fellow competitor Charlie Scotcher, who has been participating in triathlon for about seven years, said he enjoyed the health benefits of the sport.

"It feels really good to be fit," he said.

"I just tried to think (during the race) about when it would be over.

"I felt really chuffed with myself to finish."

Every contestant received a medal after completing the race, which was held at the village's Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre.

Jo Scotcher, who helped organise the event, said she hoped it was a memorable day for contestants.

"The aim was that everyone had fun and hopefully enjoyed themselves," she said.

"Everyone here that had a go is a winner."

Scotcher thanked sponsors, parents and everyone who assisted the triathlon.

Grace McLaren heads for the finish during the run leg of this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.
Grace McLaren heads for the finish during the run leg of this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.

 

For Farah Rezai-Smith (left) and her sister Sofia, it was time to relax after this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.
For Farah Rezai-Smith (left) and her sister Sofia, it was time to relax after this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.
Full concentration was needed by contestants during the bike leg of this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.
Full concentration was needed by contestants during the bike leg of this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.
Lily Acret powers to the finish in the swim section of this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.
Lily Acret powers to the finish in the swim section of this year’s Lennox Head Junior Triathlon.


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