Sunday, March 05, 2006

Triathletes in dress rehearsal wash-out

Extreme weather caused the cancellation of Sunday's Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial in Southport, Queensland. Australia

The Jersey Triathlon Commonwealth Games Triathlon Team of Paul Clements and Scott Pitcher were due to participate as part of their final preparations for the Commonwealth Games Triathlon, scheduled for March 18. Clements and Pitcher would have been up against their fiercest competion yet, as the field included Hamish Carter. the 2004 Olympic triathlon and a number of other top Commonwealth competitors. Heavy winds and rain, made the course unsafe and the race organisers made the decision to postpone the race in the interests of the safety of the competitors.

Gary Jones, Jersey Triathlon Team Manager, said "It was a disappointment not to compete, however given the weather conditions, the benefits from competing would have been marginal, with a high risk of injury with less than 2 weeks to go our main race objective.

The Jersey Triathon Team's preparations for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games are supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland International.

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