Western Australia Acting Minister for Tourism Troy Buswell
Ironman 70.3 Busselton Attracts Record Competitors
Victor P Taffa
The State’s South-West will host thousands of athletes and spectators this weekend for one of the Southern Hemisphere’s major half ironman events, the Ironman 70.3 Busselton.
Acting Tourism Minister Troy Buswell said the Ironman 70.3 was a significant event for Busselton and had been a great success in the past 26 years.
“The Half Ironman started with only 45 participants in 1985, and has grown into a world-class event attracting a record 2,087 competitors in 2011.” Mr. Buswell said.
“This includes more than 200 interstate participants and more than 70 international competitors from 25 countries.”
Ironman 70.3 Busselton will take competitors on a 1.9 km swim alongside the historic Busselton Jetty, a 90.1 km bike ride through the towering Tuart Forest and a 21.1 km run along the beautiful foreshore at Geographe Bay.
The Minister said about 6,000 spectators was expected to witness the action and cheer the athletes on as they completed the gruelling course.
“Ironman 70.3 will highlight Busselton’s extraordinary tourism experiences and I hope all spectators and competitors have an opportunity to explore the town.” Mr. Buswell said.
The State Government, through Eventscorp, is a proud sponsor of the Ironman 70.3 Busselton through the Regional Events Scheme.
Mr. Buswell said Ironman 70.3 was one of many regional events the State Government supported as these developed vibrancy in regional areas, provided a boost to local economies and generated media exposure for the areas concerned.