Schools triathlon ocean swim moved

GABRIELLE YOUNGBusselton Dunsborough Times

The swim leg of the School Sports Australia National Triathlon, scheduled to take place in Busselton tomorrow, will be moved to a swimming pool following a fatal shark attack and sighting near the event course.

South West School Sport regional co-ordinator Tracy Cameron said close to 200 participants had travelled to the region to take part in the national competition.

“It was not feasible to change the location due to the lateness of the call,” she said.

The move follows the death of Busselton man Peter Kurmann who was attacked while diving 1km off Stratham Beach on Saturday morning and an unconfirmed shark sighting near the Busselton Jetty yesterday.

The swim leg, which was to be held at the Busselton Jetty, would now be held at the Geographe Leisure Centre pool.

Cameron said a further 600 students had entered the South West Schools Triathlon which would also go ahead in a modified “run, ride, run” format.

“With the extra shark sighting and the attack on the weekend we just can’t risk putting the kids in the water,” she said.

Swimmers take off during the Ironman Western Australia Triathlon in Busselton.

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