Hervey Bay Triathlon Club Inc
Hervey Bay, Queensland. 300km North of Brisbane. Hervey Bay adjoins two World Heritage listed sites in Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. The calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay not only provide a haven for migrating Humpback Whales, but also keen triathletes from around the region.
Full not for profit club with a committee of 12 members. We are totally self funded, with all our income generated by the races we organise. We have a small income from sponsorships but receive no government funding.
109 members in 2013/14.
The club doesn’t provide any formal training sessions, but groups of members meet regularly for ocean swims, bike rides and group runs.
There are a couple of commercial training groups based in Hervey Bay and nearby Maryborough that provide training programs and group sessions for athletes of all abilities from beginners to World Championships representatives. A couple of prominent club committee members also have alter egos that like to remind athletes of the fun element of what we do and "Gaz & Nicko’s Triathlon and Multisport" have some big plans coming up in the next 12 months.
The club runs an annual series of 8 or 9 races for juniors and seniors comprising triathlons, aquathons and duathlons. These races run all year from July to June. They are fully sanctioned and open to all comers and HBTC members receive a discount on entry fee.
We also organise the regional schools triathlon, which acts as a selection race for the regional team to compete at Queensland Schools Championships which is now also held in Hervey Bay.
There are two major annual events that the club also organises. The first is the Col Pearce Memorial Corporate Teams Triathlon. This is purely a fun event that raises funds for the Queensland Cancer Council and we encourage locals to form teams and dress up for the occasion. The winner is decided by whoever comes closest to their pre nominated time. In the last 6 years the club has donated around $40,000 to the Cancer Council with another $10,000 expected this year.
Our other major event is the Hervey Bay 100 Long Course Triathlon. The 2/80/18 format has proven very popular since the race’s very humble beginnings in 2011 when we had 70 competitors turn up and compete on an open road course. 2012 saw the numbers increase to 350 and jump again to 550 in 2013. Another 200 competitors took part in new Saturday events in 2013 especially designed for kids and beginners. This year we expect entries to reach 700 for the main event which will be sell out point. This race has quickly become one of the most popular independent long course races in the country and we hope to grow the reputation even further over the coming years.
Hervey Bay has long been a favourite destination for triathletes due to its stunning location and perfect natural features that make it conducive to this sport. Along with the calm waters of the bay, our local athletes are spoilt with an uninterrupted 16km running track adjacent to the Esplanade. Cycling options come down to intervals along the Esplanade or a short ride through the suburbs to access quiet country roads for a longer peaceful ride to get the miles up.We are currently enjoying a lot of success with our juniors performing strongly on the national stage. The past few years has seen several gold medals at the Australian Schools Championships and two of the 14 athletes in the National Triathlon Academy have come up through the HBTC ranks from the Under 10 level. Australia’s male representative to the 2014 Youth Olympics in China is from Hervey Bay. We’re very proud of our little regional club.