HUNDREDS of junior triathletes will go head-to-head in Hervey Bay over the next two days as they compete for State colours.
The Queensland School Sport Triathlon Championships are being held in the whale watching capital of the world this weekend.
More than 600 students are expected to participate in the event.
This weekend’s action marks the 10th consecutive year the championships have been held in Hervey Bay.
The Queensland Schools Triathlon team will be announced on Saturday.
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While locals are being encouraged to watch and support the athletes as they swim, ride and run the course – which includes sections of the foreshore and Esplanade – motorists are being warned that there will be some traffic disruptions.
Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said Hervey Bay is gaining a reputation as a major events destination.
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There has been a steady stream of sporting events here, including visits by the Brisbane Roar, the Touch Football State Cup, national and international sailing championships and a Rugby 7’s tournament which bring players from across the state.
“These events are collectively worth millions of dollars to our region, as visitors spend money with our local businesses such as accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes.”
Cr Everard said it was a pleasure to see the event return to Hervey Bay for another instalment and to welcome a new crop of athletes, and their families and supporters, to the region.