Eyes on the finish line

OFF AND RUNNING: Dakota Jones, Will Gersekowski, Taj Jones, Macey Jones, Hamilton Andrews and Meg Roberts will compete at State trials for triathlon next month.
OFF AND RUNNING: Dakota Jones, Will Gersekowski, Taj Jones, Macey Jones, Hamilton Andrews and Meg Roberts will compete at State trials for triathlon next month. Rowan Hunnam

IT HAS been a long time coming for this group of Nanango sporting stars.

After five months of training this squad of six is off to the state triathlon trials next month.

They will represent the Wide Bay region at the Redcliffe competition, in their efforts to make the Queensland team.

They are well-equipped and prepared for the challenging three-day championship, which consists of both individual and team races.

The group has been training hard, meeting four to five times per week to maintain their fitness levels for the challenging sport.

They have been training up to twice a day during the week and at least once on the weekend.

This will be the first state-level triathlon for 12-year-old Meg Roberts, from Nanango.

Her older sister Mikeely, herself a seasoned competitor, said the group was a "great bunch of determined kids".

"They all work hard and are very keen to go well at the competition," Roberts said.

"They deserve good results because they have put in the hard yards."

Distances for junior level competitors, which most of the six fall under, are a 400m swim followed by a 12km cycle and finally, a 3km run.

It has been three months since the last trials at Hervey Bay which saw the group's selection into the Wide Bay team.

For now, they are feeling a bundle of nerves and excitement.

South Burnett

Topics:  nanango, sport, triathlon



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