Aquamoves is excited to be showing its support for local athletes by once again competing in this weekend’s Challenge Shepparton in three team sections.
The Aquamoves Elite Team will be on the start line, set to tackle the gruelling full Challenge event in the hotly contested men’s section.
Aquamoves Elite Team
- Swim: Brennan Swift – “National level behemoth competitor from the Shepparton Swim Club”
- Cycle: Liam Edwards – Victorian under 19 team member fresh from racing the National Road Series event in Tasmania”
- Run: Grant Hicks – “Veteran athlete capable of delivering a quality time”
Aquamoves Centre Manager Marcus Cook believes the talent in the Elite Team is going to be exciting to watch.
“All three have been training hard, hoping to go one better than last year’s second place. And while Liam and Brennan are only young, both have recently raced against the nation’s best in their respective fields,” Mr Cook said.
For the first time and not to be outdone, Aquamoves will also have a Mixed Junior Team racing in the Sprint Distance event.
Mr Cook said putting together the group of young athletes for this team had been particularly rewarding.
“Giving them the chance to race together in their own backyard is pretty special and it will be great to see not just how fast they can go, but also how much fun they have along the way.”
Mixed Junior Team
- Swim: Hayley Hogan – “A seasoned national level swimmer from the Shepparton Swim Club”
- Cycle: Sam Eddy – “Echuca young gun and member of the Regional Academy for Cycling Excellence”
- Run: Jack O’Mahony – “Super swift member of the Shepparton Running club who is capable of delivering five kilometres in 18 minutes”
Shepparton Swimming Club's Hayley Hogan said she is looking forward to competing in a team of a different kind.
"I'm really excited to get out into the open water and see how I go against the triathletes. The boys (Sam and Jack) are both super-fast, so hopefully I can swim a good time to put them on the road with the leaders."
Rounding out the entrants is the Aquamoves Staff Team, with all participants having enjoyed an extended winter period of hibernation where training ranged from very limited to non-existent. After last year taking on the full Challenge event, the Staff Team have decided to this year participate in the Sprint Distance event.
Aquamoves Staff Team
- Swim: Marcus Cook – “The human brick”
- Cycle: Glenn Archer – “The postman has been sighted riding quicker”
- Run: Tiaan Freer – “All training has been completed in a European bar”
Mr Cook said the centre loves being involved with Challenge Shepparton and is looking forward to witnessing some great achievements over the weekend.
“The racing is quick, the carnival like atmosphere of the village is exciting and there is no better opportunity to showcase our facility and local athletes.”