Many of the Australia's top elite, U23 and junior athletes and para-athletes are Busselton bound, as Barnard Park will play host to the 2023 Oceania Cup and the 2023 Oceania Triathlon Para Cup for the first time in the Busselton Festival of Triathlon’s history this weekend.
A much-loved event by the wider triathlon community, the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon is entering into its 22nd year, however 2023 will be the first year the famous festival features Oceania Triathlon Cup and Oceania Triathlon Para Cup racing.
The 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup will take place from 10am AWST on Friday 28 April 2023. Australia’s top elite and U23 athletes will compete over the Super Sprint Eliminator race in the race for ranking points ahead of the 2023 international season.
In the Elite Men field, 2018 Commonwealth Games representative Luke Willian will be eager to improve on his third-place finish at February’s Oceania Cup in Taupo. Western Australia’s own Luke Bate and Kurt Wesley will be looking to seal thrilling homecomings with a win, while Kye Wilde also takes the start line.
After taking out last weekend’s 2023 Asia Triathlon Cup Subic Bay in the Philippines, Charlotte McShane will be eyeing up back-to-back wins against an Elite Women’s field which includes Olympian Emma Jeffcoat and up-and-comer Ellie Hoitink.
The 2023 Oceania Para Cup will take place from 7.30am AWST on Sunday 30 April 2023. WA legends. As a World Triathlon Continental Cup, the race will also provide a crucial ranking points opportunity for Australia’s top para triathletes ahead of the Paralympic qualification period starting 1 July.
Paralympian David Bryant (PTS5) headlines the list of Western Australia para-athletes competing in their home state. A list which includes two-time World Triathlon Cup winner Sally Pilbeam (PTS4), Brant Garvey (PTS2), and Nige Young (PTSWC).
Commonwealth Game Silver Medallist Sam Harding (PIVI) (guide Hayden Armstrong) and 2015 Para Triathlon World Champion Sara Tait (PTWC) are also named on the start-list with Liam Twomey (PTS4) and Maggie Sandles (PTVI) (guide Felicity Cradick).
Harding, Bryant and Twomey all took out last year’s Oceania Para Cups in Devonport and will be looking to retain their titles in Busselton this weekend.
2023 Oceania Cup Busselton - Friday 28 April 2023
10:00am AWST – Elite Women Race 1
10:30am AWST – Elite Men Race 1
11:00am AWST – Elite Women Race 2
11:30am AWST – Elite Men Race 2
12:00pm AWST – Elite Women Final
12:30pm AWST – Elite Men Final
2023 Oceania Para Cup Busselton - Sunday 30 April 2023
7:30am AWST – Para Men & Women