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Strong Professional field help celebrate 25 years at Hell of the West

The 25th running of the E&E Waste Hell of the West in Goondiwindi will celebrate their quarter century with a strong professional field and almost 800 competitors. Athletes from around Australia will converge on the western town to compete in what is regarded as the toughest triathlon in Queensland.

The event is one of triathlon’s original races and some of the sport’s greatest athletes have raced in Goondiwindi, including Nick Croft, Lisa Bentley and Kate Major who all had stellar international careers.

Following in those athletes’ footsteps will be the next wave of Australian professional athletes all hoping to take home their share of the $8000 prize purse. The winners in the professional divisions will collect $2500.

Leading the men’s charge into town this year is former three-time champion Mitch Dean who had success at a national level as a young athlete in the early 2000’s. Dean will keep honest last year’s Hell of the West champion Lindsey Wall from Yamba who is returning to Goondiwindi after an impressive 2015. Other athletes expected to do well are 2014 winner Sam Betten, Nicolas Hull, Sam Douglas, Michael Fox and Giles Clayton.

The women’s race also welcomes another former junior champion Pip Taylor to the event as she headlines a strong field including witsups.com ambassador Kacey Willoughby, Rebecca Ungermann, Briarna Mackie, Rachael Paxton, Lucy Coldwell, Kate Bramley and Kym Coogan.

The Goondiwindi Hell of the West is held on January 31, 2016 over the distances of 2km swim, 80km cycle and 20km run and will act as the QLD and Australian Long Course championships. Goondiwindi is located 363 km south west of Brisbane on the Queensland and New South Wales border and is at the junction of five major highways.

 

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