Yamba season opener
IN the midst of winter rains Yamba's summer sunshine is the last thing on people's minds.
Yet next week the first of many major events lured by the seaside town's renowned glorious weather will be staged.
The Yamba Triathlon Festival will run from September 5-6 and for the first time the event will double as round one of the Elite Energy NSW Tri Series.
In an effort to entice athletes out of their winter hiatus, the event will be one of two in the series to offer double points.
One athlete who needs no such incentive is Yamba's own Lindsey Wall. The professional triathlete is signed on to compete and has already started his racing season.
"I came sixth last week in a really big, international field at Challenge Gold Coast so I was really happy to start the season with that," he said.
"A week after Yamba is an event on the Sunshine Coast so I'm pretty well booked for triathlons. It's good to get back into it."
Wall had only moved back to his hometown from Canberra a week prior to the inaugural Yamba Triathlon Festival in 2013.
Now settled in as a member of Clarence Valley Triathlon Club, Wall is hoping to improve on last year's fifth-place finish.
"Last year I had a bit of misfortune and had a flat tyre on the bike and had to repair it on the go," he said.
"Yamba for me will be a bit of fun. It's not very often you get to sleep in your own bed, race the next day and enjoy being with family and friends."
The event is not all about the professional athletes, who will race the Olympic distance. Many competitors will contest the sprint distance event while the Enticer and team categories open the festival up to all ages.