Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series presented by Scody kicks off this weekend

Sam Betten_ QTS win

The Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series presented by Scody (Gatorade QTS), kicks off the 2015-2016 season this weekend on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, 2015 with Round 1 at Robina.

The event marks 22 years since Angus Charlton, one of the pioneers of triathlon in Queensland, offered individual short course, teams and kids triathlons in a safe supervised environment at Robina in December 1993.

From those who keep coming back after year after year, like professional athletes Sam Betten, Drew Box and Adam Gordon, who will be battling it out for a win in the elites, or those who are trying a tri for the first time, like Alf Lakin (75). The spirit of triathlon will be alive and well at the Gatorade QTS this season.

“Gatorade QTS is a nostalgic event for me and I love coming back to compete at a grass roots level. I remember coming to Robina as a 13 year old and after the bike leg I couldn’t find where I had left my shoes in transition. It took a good 3 minutes to find them and start the run leg!” Betten said.

Rest assured, he has come a long way since then, cementing his place among Australia’s elite triathletes and will be going into Sunday’s race as favourite along with the likes of Ben Shaw, Drew Box, Charlie Quin, Kane Richards and Adam Gordon.

In the elite women’s field, up and comer Danielle De Francesco has made a smooth transition into the sport from Surf & Open Water Swimming. She’ll no doubt be the one to chase down for young guns Joanne Miller and Katinka von Elsner-Wellsteed.

One of our top open water swimmers Danielle De Francesco has turned to triathlon

One of our top open water swimmers Danielle De Francesco has turned to triathlon

See below for full elite start list.

The Gatorade QTS Round 1 event will also encompass open water swims on Saturday 26th September at 12pm. On Sunday 27th September, Robina will come alive with the Kool Kids (100/2/400), Enticer (200/8/2) and Super Sprint (400/16/4) and the new distance of QTS Long (800/32/6) (Swim – metres /Bike – kilometres / Run – kilometres).

The Round 1 event will be used by many as a ‘warm up’ for the Round 5 event in January 2016 that will play host to the National Age Group Sprint Distance Championships and National Paratriathlon Championships as well as Race 2 of the Australian Junior Tri Series.

To enter and for more information on the Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series visit

Elite start list as at 11:00am 23/09/2015

Open Male: Luke Harvey Jake Hynes Ben Shaw Adam Gordon Lindsey Lawry Luke Maccheron Jack van Stekelenburg Aidan Fuller Sam Betten Nicholas Free Charlie Quin David Pinto Kane Richards Alexander Young Drew Box

Open Female: Joanne Miller Linda Parmenter Katinka von Elsner-Wellsteed Danielle De Francesco

Karl Hayes

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.