IRONMAN 70.3 muscles up Sunshine Coast recovery

Published Friday, 10 September, 2021 at 01:06 PM

Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

IRONMAN 70.3 muscles up Sunshine Coast recovery

This weekend’s IRONMAN 70.3 is set to put extra muscle into the Palaszczuk Government’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan for the Sunshine Coast.

Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the world-class event was tipped to pump $1.85 million into the Sunshine Coast’s visitor economy.

“Up to 1,500 athletes are registered for IRONMAM 70.3 with mostly Queenslanders lining up to tackle the gruelling course with spectacular views of Mooloolaba Beach and the Esplanade,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Expert medical advice and the hard work of Queenslanders in managing the Covid-19 pandemic have made this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 possible.

“IRONMAN 70.3 confirms the Sunshine Coast’s reputation for being among Queensland’s premier sporting destinations ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The IRONMAN’s predicted $1.85 million contribution to the Sunshine Coast’s visitor economy is terrific news for jobs and local tourism operators from restaurants, cafés and hotels to accommodation providers and visitor attractions.       

“I’m encouraging athletes, support crew and spectators to make the most of their stay in this beautiful and vibrant part of Queensland.” 

Also known as a half ironman event, 70.3 is the triathlon’s 113km distance in miles including a 1.9km swim, 90km bike race and 21.1km run.  

The IRONMAN Group Oceania Managing Director Geoff Meyer said the organisation looked forward to welcoming athletes back to the Sunshine Coast.

“IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast has become a highlight on the calendar for so many of our athletes and we can’t wait to see them on the start line on Mooloolaba Beach on Sunday morning,” Mr Meyer said.

“Our athletes, their family and friends love coming to race, stay and play on the Sunshine Coast with the benefit for the local community stretching well beyond Sunday’s event.”

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said IRONMAN continued to be a great opportunity to showcase the Sunshine Coast.

“The Sunshine Coast was the first region in the southern hemisphere to host the IRONMAN 70.3 in 2016 and it’s terrific to be welcoming participants again this year for this event,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Our region offers so much for event participants and visitors and we are pleased that it is possible for them to come to our Sunshine Coast during the pandemic.

“Aside from the global exposure from being part of IRONMAN 70.3 series, this event will provide an invaluable contribution to many of our local businesses at a time when it is needed most.”

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Pic of Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and triathletes Hannahh Wells and Josh Amberger is here: