Safety Update

Dear Competitor,

In response to recent media reports in regards to crocodile sightings in Townsville we wish to inform all competitors of the following,The Sportscene Super Warehouse Townsville Triathlon Festival will go ahead on the 27th and 28th June as planned with athlete safety (in and out of the water) as a priority as it is every year.
This includes:
Water Safety includes – Pre-event helicopter sweeps of swim course, professional Surf Live Saving Crews with Six IRB’s, 30 personnel on water craft and qualified medical personnel on swim exit;Jet Ski and RIB runs of swim leg prior to race.
A dedicated Medical Director responsible for coordinating our emergency plan, St John’s Ambulance Staff, additional volunteer medical crew (4) and liaison with the PBSLSC, A dedicated on course Ambulance,Comprehensive medical, evacuation and risk management plans for Swim, Ride & Run.
Increased Road Closure Management plans with full road closure to Pallarenda,Enhanced Communications plans throughout the organising team, On site Police and Council Supervision.
The level of athlete safety initiatives provided by the Festival has always taken into consideration any potential risk associated with our location.
We acknowledge that there are a number of risks in having an open water swim along the Strand in North Queensland at any time of year (or for that matter anywhere in Australia). However, this does not deter major competitions taking place in similar locations such as Ironman Triathlon in Cairns (13/6/15) and a National Qualifying race in Darwin as well as open water swims such as Magnetic Island to Townsville to name a few. Further, it is our current advice that the removal of the crocodile currently sighted will likely to be remedied by the event date.

There will be definitively no consideration of event cancellation. Alternative swim courses or alternate race formats would be considered closer to the event under advice from the relevant authorities if deemed necessary although highly unlikely.With that, there is is only 3 weeks to go until this fantastic event, so no looking for excuses, and register now to join the likes of Courtney Atkinson, Courtney Hancock, Will Davison and the thousands of weekend warriors in what will be a fantastic weekend of events.We thank you for your continued support of this safe and enjoyable event.

If you have any further information or concerns please direct your queries to sam@townsvilletrifestival.org.au.

Sincerely
Jamie FitzpatrickPresident,
Townsville Triathlon Festival Inc.

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