Why it matters: As Townsville preps for the 2024 World Triathlon Multisport World Championships, local and international triathletes eye a golden opportunity in what promises to be the region's most significant sporting showcase.
Setting the pace: From 14-25 August, this 12-day event will see the local shores and tracks bustling with talent across 19 World Championship races, spotlighting a mix of local heroes and international icons from five athlete levels.
What they're saying:
- Scott Stewart, Member for Townsville: "This Championship... shows the world that North Queensland is a premier destination for elite triathlon competitions."
- Mark Molachino, Townsville Deputy Mayor: "We're fostering sporting excellence in our locals, and giving them a chance to compete shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best right on home soil."
- Leanna Ali, Regional Director of The Ironman Group Oceania: "We're gearing up to offer a unique stage where local and global talent can shine and inspire."
By the numbers:
- 19 races, a chance for local and international talent to clash.
- 12 days, showcasing the global triathlon community in Townsville.
- $16 million anticipated local economic influx, much credited to the international triathlete community.
- 57,000+ nights booked, highlighting the global appeal and the city's readiness.
Between transition: With the blend of local terrain and world-class facilities, races are divided between Jezzine Barracks for road-based events and Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park for off-road challenges.
Through time: With its origins in 2017 in Canada, the event has been a stage for emerging and established triathletes. After iterations in Denmark and Spain, and challenges posed by the pandemic, 2024 promises a blend of local spirit and international fervor.
The bottom line: With one year until the championships, preparations are underway for Townsville to host the largest event in its history.