Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Perth secures 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championships

    11/03/2008 12:00 AM

    Western Australians will be treated to the thrills of world-class triathlon next year as more than 600 competitors descend on Perth aiming to be crowned world champion.


    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale today announced the State Government and Triathlon Australia had secured the rights to host the 2009 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in October 2009.


    Ms McHale said the event, which involved a 3km swim, 80km cycle and 20km run, would attract about 1,200 competitors and supporters from more than 50 countries and inject more than $1.6million in direct visitor expenditure.


    “Western Australia has significant experience hosting world-class events and this promises to be another exciting spectacle,” she said.


    “In conjunction with Triathlon Australia and the ITU (International Triathlon Union), it is expected the event will be held as part of a festival of triathlon in WA during October.


    “Securing the event has also opened up other opportunities with the ITU and WA is working closely with Triathlon Australia to identify future events for the State.”


    ITU President Les McDonald said Perth appealed to event organisers because it was a beautiful city and had successfully hosted triathlon events previously.


    “Perth has a great history in our sport, already hosting two Triathlon World Championships in Olympic distance, which made our decision easier to award Perth another big event,” Mr McDonald said.


    Triathlon Australia CEO Andrew Hamilton said his organisation was committed to working with EventsCorp and the ITU to ensure this was the most successful Long Distance World Championships.


    “We would especially like to recognise the outstanding support from the State Government,” Mr Hamilton said.


    The Minister said the event would add diversity and prestige to EventsCorp’s exciting 2009 calendar of events, which included the Johnnie Walker Classic in February and the Tri-Nations rugby Test between the Wallabies and reigning Rugby World Cup champions the Springboks in June.


    “The Carpenter Government is investing in WA’s event tourism industry and enhancing WA’s unique lifestyle,” Ms McHale said.


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