Olympic winning Brownlee brothers might tri at Noosa
THIS year's Noosa Triathlon field could feature an all-star cast including the Olympic medal-winning Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan.
Event chairman Garth Prowd, of USM Events, confirmed yesterday that several of the sport's elite athletes had expressed an interest in competing at the event's 30th anniversary edition this year, particularly given the ITU World Championships would be held in Auckland a fortnight earlier.
Auckland will host the championships from October 18-22, providing a great opportunity for British gold medallist Alistair and his bronze medal-winning brother Jonathan to hang around and test their mettle in one of Australia's most legendary sporting events.
"Both Brownlee boys could be here, but it would depend on what sort of commitments he (Alistair) has with a gold medal back in England and his world championship plans," Prowd said.
"But Jonathan has told me before he'd like to start at Noosa one day and with the world championships in New Zealand, this is the best opportunity for that to happen.
"We're getting phone calls all the time about Noosa and I think the next couple of weeks will confirm some names."
Also expected at the November event are Noosa regular and Spanish Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez, as well as Australian Olympians Brendan Sexton and Courtney Atkinson.
Prowd said the Noosa event had also developed a reputation as a great end-of-year celebration for many athletes and predicted there could be an Olympic reunion of sorts on the cards.
"Javier spends four or five months here every year anyway and normally gets here in December or January, does Mooloolaba and then leaves. And Noosa is also a little bit later this year," Prowd said.
"The New Zealanders Bevan Docherty and Kris Gemmel have both indicated they would like to come, as have Laurent Vidal and David Hauss from France, who finished fourth and fifth in London.
"Everybody wants to do Noosa at some stage and the prizemoney is not insignificant either. And it's a global end-of-year party nowadays and that is not lost on them.
"It's a chance for the athletes from all the different disciplines to get together, which doesn't happen very often."
The cycling component of the festival, the Tour De Noosa Cycle, could also attract many star performers, including members of Australia's first professional world tour team, Greenedge.