Huskisson hosted the second leg of seven NSW Tri Series races last Sunday with local triathletes taking advantage of the home turf. It is the tenth successive year that Elite Energy has held the annual event affectionately known as Little Husky.
While the weather forecast leading into the event seemed quite grim, Mother Nature came to the party and provided calm waters and a sunny morning for racing. Over 600 athletes took part in what has become a favourite place to race for triathletes.
Little Husky is a family-friendly festival - giving participants from a wide variety of age and abilities the opportunity to partake in an all-inclusive day of activity.
The event includes the ever-popular 'Try-A-Tri', which provided the opportunity for those who were participating in a triathlon for the first time, to enter in the shortest distance for free.
"Whenever you speak to anyone in triathlon circles, they all say the same thing: there is just something special about Husky," Elite Energy CEO Mark 'Emo' Emerton said. "There are so many reasons why Huskisson is the ideal spot for triathlon."
Local Shoalhaven athletes were well represented in the top end of the results at the event. Local Jervis Bay Triathlon Club member Jessica Rosskelly was second female across the line in the Sprint distance event, where she was lightning fast through the 750m swim, 20km cycle, and the 5km run.
Freya Robinson-Mills, another Jervis Bay local, was second female home in the hotly contested Super Sprint distance event, which consists of a 200m swim, 20km cycle and a 2km run.
Locals also featuring prominently in the Standard distance Aquabike (1.5km swim and 40km cycle) podium, with youth beating skill in the form of young Brooklyn Henry finishing ahead of his dad Joshua Henry for line honours.
Congratulations to Tina Christopher who defied all odds and competed in her first ever triathlon, proving to herself and medical professionals that anything is possible.
Significantly, Tina suffers from a number of conditions that should have prevented her from even considering completing a triathlon. Tina has battled these issues most of her life, she has built a remarkable zest for life and a drive to do whatever she can.
Arrangements were made with the help of Elite Energy and Jervis Bay Triathlon Club to get Tina to the start line for her very first Try-A-Tri. Her anxiety was a hurdle she overcame quickly to get in the water and swim. She certainly wasn't last out of the water.
Tina rode her new trike through the bike leg and returned to transition with a spring in her step to get out onto the run course, with the aid of her walker - not because she needed the stability but because it carried her water bottle perfectly!
With 150m to go she passed the walker to her partner, Lenny, and strode up the red carpet to the finish line.
With Elite Energy's new EnviroFriendlee swim caps system in place for the second event now, the combined effort towards a greener triathlon community has proved hugely successful again.