Local women prepare to test themselves at Mirani Triathlon

READY: Twenty-four Mackay women are ready for their first triathlon after participating in the 6-week TriactiV8 program.
READY: Twenty-four Mackay women are ready for their first triathlon after participating in the 6-week TriactiV8 program. Contributed

Triathlon 24 Local women are set for one of the most physical challenges of their lives as they prepare for the Mirani Triathlon next Sunday.

The women have been training as part of a six-week program aimed at making it easier for females to get involved in the sport of triathlon.

For many of the women, the Mirani event will be their first taste triathlon while some are preparing for their first foray into sport for years.

The women's head coach, Tri-actiV8's Nikki Giles said the women have come a long way in their preparation

"A lot of them are starting from scratch,” Ms Giles said.

"Some have swum or run previously but in terms of overall fitness a lot of them have developed over the last five weeks.

"I'm so proud to see how far the girls have already come and can't wait to see them follow their new found fitness through to really smash their goals.”

Ms Giles said she was motivated to start the training program after beginning in local triathlons and noticing a lack of female particpants.

"I designed a training program which was aimed at giving everyone six weeks to learn new skills and be ready and able to compete,” she said

"Ever since, there is now a 95% retention rate of females in triathlons after completing the training program and females now outnumber the men in any triathlon on the local circuit.”

The next six week program is scheduled to run in early 2018.

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