The announcement of a second world qualifying race for the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival will see even more Australian triathletes converging on the event to be held later this month.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival (YMMF) will now add a standard distance world qualifying event (WQE) following the cancellation of the 19th November ActiveTri series event.
This announcement makes the 21st October event the focus for all competitors looking to qualify for the 2018 World Championships to be held in the Gold Coast. The standard distance world qualifier adds to the draft legal sprint WQE already on offer.
Multisport committee member Jared Loughnan said the extra world qualification was another 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 and Triathlon Australia have confidently selected our event due to its popularity and proven track record,” 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.
“The event his hosted by our major supporter the Mulwala Water Ski Club which provides fantastic event village facilities for our athletes and spectators.
“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.
“We have already seen a significant number of registrations flowing in, many from all over Australia and a sprinkle from overseas including the US, Indonesia and Egypt.
“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.
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 like the events Facebook page for updates.