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IRONMAN gets the go-ahead


IRONMAN gets the go-ahead

A COVID Safe Plan has been approved and a date set for the IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast event now ready to take place on Sunday, September 13 at Mooloolaba Beach after it was postponed earlier in the year.

The event organisers have worked in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Council, Triathlon Australia, Triathlon Queensland, and several Queensland Government departments in order to develop and implement their COVID Safe-Event Plan

The Sunshine Coast will be the first location in Oceania to host this kind of event since the beginning of the pandemic, so managing risks associated with transmission of Corona virus are paramount to organisers.

The plan will focus on tracing, education, enhanced hygiene, density reduction, touchpoint minimisation, athlete self-reliance and screening.

Dave Beeche, senior vice president and managing director of the IRONMAN Group Oceania, thanked the relevant authorities for their collaboration on the plan.

“A significant amount of work has been put in to developing a plan that leaves no stone unturned and ensures we can deliver a great event for all participants while also looking after the health of the community,” Mr Beeche says.

“I’d like to thank the numerous stakeholders we worked with in developing the plan, their contribution has meant we’ve been able to get to the position we’re in today.

“IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast is a fantastic event that consistently ranks highly in IRONMAN’s Athlete Choice Awards and we’re thrilled that we’re in a position to have athletes take to the water and roads of the Sunshine Coast this September.

“Our athletes are telling us they want to get out there and race again, and our team are equally excited that this is now a realistic possibility.”

Sunshine Coast Council economic development councillor Jason O’Pray says the Sunshine Coast is ready at the moment to support this event as planned, now that it has the go ahead from Queensland Health.

“The opportunities that the event will provide for the local economy is critical for local event suppliers who are trying to stay afloat or bounce back, and I encourage people to visit Mooloolaba over the IRONMAN weekend for some spectacular beach action, while reiterating the current messages to anyone moving around our region for events, sport or social activity, please if you are unwell, stay home,” Cr O’Pray says.

Note: Subject to Queensland Health changing current COVID restrictions.

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