It was a case of youthful naivety and mature confidence that saw Aaron Royle and Emma Moffatt take out the elite race at the 2013 Noosa Triathlon Festival.
For Moffatt it was a title that had escaped her for a decade despite the two world titles, Olympic bronze and countless wins the 29-year-old has amassed. It was almost derailed before she started after a major scare from a water snake.
In the women’s race it was the experienced Moffatt who showed the crowd what a world class triathlete she is, even if her race start was a bit unusual.
Moffatt was in the water just about to start the swim when she spotted a sea snake.
“I’m scared of all things like that, it felt really close but I don’t think I was in any danger, but it definitely got the heart rate up.”
Maddison Allen was the first to exit the swim and onto the bike with Moffatt, Gentle and Jackson not far behind. However, it was the defending champion, Gentle and Moffatt who took off up the road not to be seen again by the chase group.
“Last time I came here was in 2008 and I came second to Emma Snowsill so to win today is great. It will be a real honour to go on the role of past winners,” said Moffatt.
Whilst Moffatt says she doesn’t like to put pressure on herself she did admit she wanted to win the Noosa Tri.
“At the beginning of the year I just had in my head that I would finish the season off here so mentally I was prepared to work hard.”
Gentle who took second place couldn’t match Moffatt on the run today.
“I actually would have liked to do a lot more racing this year, however I had to really prioritise my racing around injury. Last night I was thinking that I just want to put it together today and come away smiling and satisfied and I did that. I can’t ask for anything more,” said Gentle.
IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Mel Hauschildt finished in third place today.
More than 8500 triathlete’s shared the same course as the elite race this morning, including some well know faces, V8 Supercar drivers, Will Davison and Dave Reynolds. Channel Seven’s weatherman and host of Beauty and the Geek, James Tobin. Duel Olympic medallist in kayaking Ken Wallace completed his first triathlon and dual international rugby and union player Matt Rogers finished his first Noosa Tri.