Triathlete off to world champs


Traralgon athlete, Murray Brady, has qualified for the Triathlon World Championships.

Brady was one of seven Latrobe Valley Triathlon Club athletes who competed in the annual Geelong Ironman 70.3 Triathlon on Sunday, 19 February.

Ironman 70.3 is a long course triathlon involving a 1.9-kilometre open water swim, 90km bike ride and a 21.1km half marathon run.

The event brought together an elite field of both domestic and international professional athletes as well as age group competitors from across Australia, who ran the same course.

Conditions on the day proved challenging, with cool to cold temperatures, strong winds, rain and hail.

The weather caused rough seas for the swim and strong head winds for the majority of the bike ride.

Most athletes started the run fatigued, having used additional energy maintaining body heat before commencing the leg.

Another Traralgon triathlete, Michelle Sawyer, completed her first Ironman 70.3 looking strong throughout the six-and-a-half-hours of racing.

Latrobe Valley Triathlon Club finishing times: Murray Brady 5.06.11; Shaun Cattanach 5.14.52; Andrew Rodgers 5.38.42; Andrew Legge 6.03.19; Janette Brady 6.10.56; Leanne Keating 6.05.20; Michelle Sawyer 6.39.54