Fine weather and double the amount of athlete registrations from last year will make this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival a huge success.By Jared Loughnan
Triathlon Victoria Executive Officer Simon Auty said registrations were very strong for the Multisport Event.
“Registrations are still travelling strongly and are expected to double from a total of 348 entered in 2012,” Mr Auty said.
“There are already over 300 entered in the flagship Olympic Triathlon. Other numbers include 70 plus for the sprint distance for Sunday morning and 70 plus for the Aquathlon on Saturday.”
Triple World Olympic Distance Triathlon Champion, Peter Robertson will again visit local schools this week promoting the event, then on the weekend head up swag of talented triathletes at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multi Sport Festival.
Joining Roberston will be Under 23 World Champion for 2012, Aaron Royle along with Australian Triathlon “golden girl” Grace Musgrove.
Royle recently qualified for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and will arrive in Yarrawonga after finishing 11th overall in the World ITU Championships.
Musgrove is tipped as an upcoming champion in the sport after her impressive results in 2013 when she also represented Australia in the Under 23 World Championships in London.
Musgrove recently finished second place in Geelong Oceania Cup, third at the Wellington Oceania Championships and won the Mooloolaba Oceania Cup.
The weekend has been specifically designed by Triathlon Victoria to include events for athletes of all levels and ages from the local community including a 5km Dash for Cash fun run, the Victorian Olympic Distance Championship triathlon, and the Australian Aquathlon Championship plus special events for kids.
Recently the Multisport Event was awarded status as a national Olympic distance qualifying race. Each year there are eight races around Australia that are awarded this status. The Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is the only Olympic distance event selected in Victoria.
Mr Auty said the Yarrawonga event will be the first qualifying event in south eastern Australia for the 2014-2015 seasons
Athletes wishing to compete at the 2014 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Canada need to accumulate points at these races to gain selection to the Australian team.
Last year’s Multisport Festival men’s event was taken out by Peter Kerr who then went on to become the Australian Sprint and Olympic Distance Champion of 2013.
Noel Wright from Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism (YMT) said all that was needed now was for the community to embrace the festival, by entering as an individual or team in one of the events, going along to cheer on the competitors or helping out the organisers behind the scenes. Noel also confirmed that Brendan Fevola and a member of his family will be participating in the special family events.
A market organised by YMT will also be held on the foreshore on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 to complement the event.
Residents are asked to please make themselves familiar with the following changed traffic conditions on the weekend;
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Multi Sport Festival will be held on Saturday – Sunday 19 – 20 October 2013. Notice is hereby given of the following road closures in line with this event.
The following road will be closed from Friday 18 October 2013 at 12 noon – 1pm Sunday 20 October 2013:
· Bank Street, between Ely Street and Woods Road (this includes the Bank Street boat ramp and car parking area).
On Saturday 19 October 2013 with the following road closed from 8.30am until 5pm:
· River Road, between Woods Road and the Yacht Club (one lane), Yarrawonga.
On Saturday 19 October 2013 with the following roads closed from 9.45am until 1pm:
· Bank Street, between Hunt Street and Ely Street;
· Hunt Street, between Murphy Street and Woods Road;
· Coghill Street, between Witt Street and Bank Street;
· Ely Street, between Witt Street and Bank Street;
· Woods Road, between Witt Street and Bank Street; and
· Witt Street, between Coghill Street and Woods Road, Yarrawonga.
On Sunday 20 October 2013 with the following roads closed from 6am until 1pm:
· River Road, between Woods Road and the Yacht Club (one lane);
· Woods Road, between South Road and Bank Street;
· Old Wilby Road, between Channel Road and South Road; and
· Channel Road, between Old Wilby Road and Benalla-Yarrawonga Road, Yarrawonga.
On Sunday 20 October 2013 with the following roads closed from 7.30am until 11am:
Benalla-Yarrawonga Road, between Channel Road and Tungamah-Peechelba Road; Yarrawonga.
The Bank Street Boat ramp and car parking area will be closed from Friday 18 October 2013 at 12 noon - Sunday 21 October 2013 1pm. Access to the River Road boat ramp will be available via Witt Street. (Still need to confirm this with Goulburn Murray Water).
With the understanding that Bank Street between Ely Street and Woods Road will be re-opened to one way traffic Friday night and Saturday afternoon and night.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but should you have any queries please contact Event Coordinators Limelight Sports 0422 659 233 or Noel at Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism on 5744 1989.
For more information on the Multi Sport Festival and how to get involved visit www.yarrawongamulwala.com.au.
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