Athletes are rejoicing as the widely popular SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon secures funding to continue for the next three years. The three-year deal announced by Tourism Minister Roger Cook on Tuesday will see the popular event continue from 2022 to 2024. More than 1000 competitors are expected to take part each year, generating more than $2.3 million for the South West economy annually. Mr Cook, who is competing in this year’s event, said the State Government was proud to support the event. “We look forward to welcoming the competitors, their family and friends to Busselton for the event,” he said. “It’s a great event which I am looking forward to competing in this year. “It is expected to attract thousands of people and contribute millions of dollars to the region’s economy over the next three years. “I encourage anyone visiting the region to make the most of their time in the picturesque South West and to get out and explore the beautiful beaches, wineries and forests.” The SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon runs from April 29 to May 1, attracting the world’s toughest athletes to Western Australia to compete in the main attraction — recently renamed to the Busselton 100. The Busselton 100 course showcases some of the region’s most picturesque locations and includes a 2km swim alongside the iconic Busselton Jetty, an 80km bike ride through the Tuart Forrest and an 18km run along the pristine foreshore. The weekend also features a kids triathlon, a fun run, a spring and beginner triathlon. The three-year funding deal was secured through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.