Whyalla Triathlon

Easter weekend in Whyalla

All roads were leading to Whyalla over the Easter weekend.

The time honoured three day Snapper Fishing Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

The Whyalla foreshore was alive and buzzing with great kids entertainment, market stalls, food and live music.

The Beyond Bank marquee was utilised by our community banking partner D’faces of Youth Arts Inc on the Saturday.

Creative arts and face painting were a few of the activities that engaged the large number of participants on the day.

D’faces Director Deborah Hughes said “Families tell us that having something to look forward to and the chance to create some fun family memories during particularly difficult times, makes a real difference.”

“We run a number of family focused activities each year and couldn’t do that without the generous support of volunteers and donors like Beyond Bank Australia”.

And on the Sunday, the attention centred squarely on to the Whyalla Triathlon.

Event organiser Mr Troy Brougham extended the number of events this year with the specific aim of encouraging younger participants.

And it worked a treat, over 60 registrations were received for the Cuttlefish Challenge, the Tommy Tester and the Easter Enticer. Registrations were attended to under the shade of the Beyond Bank marquee, not that too much sunshine was about the place at 7:30am!

But it was the ‘big boys …..and ladies’ who came out to play for the main event, the Snapper Sprint.

Over fifty entrants braved the chilly conditions and choppy seas for the 750 metre swim leg. They all breathed a sigh of relief as they ran through the Beyond Bank marker flags to begin the testing 20 km bike leg.

And to top their day off, a 5 km run (or walk…) was required before they could hang their togs up and enjoy the rest of the days festivities.

Damian Baynes was first home in 1 hour and 7:35 minutes with Verity Pietsch taking line honours for the ladies in 1 hour and 13:04 minutes.

Troy Brougham was effusive in his praise of the support received from a large contingent of volunteers and the financial assistance of many local business houses including Beyond Bank Australia.

A great event, superbly organised by Troy and Mitchell Brougham, you did our city proud!

And for the record, the largest snapper caught during the fishing competition weighed in just under 13 kg!

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