Ironman coup

Busselton Dunsborough Times

The Sunsmart Ironman WA in Busselton has received a boost with the entry of two-time world champion Chris McCormack.

The 40-year-old Australian has won more than 200 races since 1993, including two in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Veteran Busselton triathlete Max Higgins said McCormack’s involvement in the December event was good news.

“It lifts the profile of the Busselton event,” he said.

“There aren’t many events where the average person can compete alongside a world champion, or at least see them pass by.”

McCormack will be one of 2000 athletes competing in Busselton on December 8.

Entries sold out in record time this year and prize money has been increased to $40,000.

WA Tourism Minister Kim Hames said McCormack’s presence would be a huge boost to the Eventscorp-sponsored triathlon.

“The Sunsmart Ironman WA already has a good international profile, but the entry of Chris McCormack will take that to a whole new level,” he said.

“Chris McCormack is a genuine sporting superstar and a legend of international ironman and triathlon events who has won more ironman races than any other male competitor.”

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