The popular Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival (YMMF) has won the right to be a qualifying event for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final and World Championships to be held on the Gold Coast.
Multisport committee member Jared Loughnan said the qualification was a significant win for YMMF as it builds to be the best regional triathlon in Australia.
“The event continues to grow its reputation as an ideal triathlon for athletes wanting to get their qualifying points in early,” Jared said.
“Last year we launched a new course held over two states including an iconic bridge run and a Lake Mulwala hugging course that was aimed at attracting competitors from all over Australia and even the world.
“Being a qualifying event for the Worlds will be great for the area. The World Championships are being held in Australia this coming season, so we expect a significant interest in athletes wishing to qualify because overseas championships cost much more to attend and compete in.
“The YMMF will be the only sprint qualifying event in Victoria this side of Christmas and it will likely be seen as a great race to get in and get early status.
“Triathlon is a Commonwealth Games sport and this announcement confirms that Yarrawonga should also be considered as a host destination for triathlon should the bold Victorian regional bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games proceed.”
Mr Loughnan said the event now in its sixth year attracts close to 800 athletes from all over Australia injecting more than $1.3 million into the local economy.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Executive Noel Wright said a major triathlon was a perfect fit for the towns.
“We have the perfect outdoor environs for a major triathlon along with plenty of quality visitor accommodation and venues for a major event.
“The announcement of the World Qualification for YMMF is great news and YMT will continue to sponsor and work closely with the committee to attract as many athletes and visitors to the event as we can.”
The Multisport, which was a finalist in the 2016 Victorian Sporting Awards for Community Sporting Event of the Year, is a major fundraiser for the Sacred Heart Primary and Secondary Schools and also assists other groups in the community.
This year’s event will be held on the 21st and 22nd of October with the triathlon events being held on the Saturday and the foreshore family fun runs and Yarrawonga Health’s Corporate Challenge being held on the Sunday morning. For more information go to www.ymmf.com.au or check out the Facebook page for updates.