Newcastle City Triathlon prepares for 25th anniversary

Sparke Helmore gears up for anniversary TEAM: Makenzie Scott (cycle), Gabi Sainsbury (swim) and Kari Armitage (run) at Queens Wharf. Picture: Josh Callinan
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TweetFacebook Newcastle City TriathlonPictures by Josh CallinanMakenzie Scott did her first triathlon as part of a school team.

The Fennell Bay 18-year-old hasn’t stopped cycling since, but this Sunday she rejoins the three-discipline sport as the old Sparke Helmore Triathlon celebrates a milestone.

The event, now known as the Newcastle City Triathlon, turns 25 and Scott will be part of the action alongside Hunter Hurricanes water polo player Gabi Sainsbury and Merewether runner Kari Armitage.

This trio will be called the Quarry Mining Guru Girls when they combine forces for the Olympic distance teams race, featuring a 1500 metre swim, 35 kilometre bike ride and 10km run in and around Queens Wharf, Nobbys Beach breakwall and King Edward Park.

“I did two in a relay triathlon as part of the All Schools carnival, which is how I got into bike riding,” Scott, now a successful Hunter District Cycling Club member, said.

“But this will be my first Sparke Helmore.”

Scott, who also trains at Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney, will target a “calendar-full of events” in 2018 featuring the Oceania Road Cycling Championships in Tasmania next month.

The apprentice fitter works at Quarry Mining with Armitage, who has previously run in various Newcastle City Triathlons. Kahibah 27-year-oldSainsbury debuted in the swim leg last year.

In the main raceMerewether’s Will Dawes is expected to defend his men’s crown while reigning women’s champion Holly Khan won’t be following up her 2017 success.

Event organiser Paul Humphreys said on Tuesday he expected up to 1000 participants while the course remains the same following last year’s shift further up Newcastle Harbour.

”The feedback from last year was overwhelmingly positive, as the Queens Wharf venue allowed better access for the harbour swim as well as improvements to the bike and run courses,” Humphreys said.

Online registrations close at midnight on Wednesday. Late entries can be taken at Queens Wharfon Saturday. Action from 6:45am on Sunday.The local charity partner for 2018 is the Lauren Parker Foundation.

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