National tritahlon champs on agenda

TRIATHLON

The success of the Trithegong Triathlon Festival is prompting event organiser Mark Stewart to chase a national championship for the region.

With three days of action only wrapped up around Wollongong's North Beach on Sunday, Stewart's eyes have turned to bigger things in 2015.

"We are really keen to bring an Australian championship to Wollongong," he said.

"You have to get the runs on the board. Obviously this is the fourth year we have done Trithegong and I think we have got the runs on the board.

"We have got the logistics worked out. I think Wollongong is an ideal city to run an Australian championship."

Close to 2000 people competed in this year's event - involving triathlons in sprint, Olympic and Enticer divisions - as well as a KidzWish Fun Run and Ocean Swim.

James Davy breezed to victory in the men's Olympic division in 1:54.15 secs, ahead of Matthew Bate (1:57.54) and Elliot Brown (1:59.06).

In the women's race, Hannah Donaldson (2:13.37) pipped Jocie Evison (2:13.54) in the run with Sally Taggart (2.14:27) sprinting home for third.

"It was great. We had lots of people, from something like eight or nine different countries," Stewart said.

"We had Americans, Canadians and Finnish all over the place... as well as interstate athletes."

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