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The OTU Oceania Triathlon Championship is taking place on Saturday 10 March 2012.

WHERE: The Devonport City Council’s recent multi-million dollar foreshore makeover will be a perfect location for this year’s Oceania Championships. The 2012 event will be conducted at a brand new venue in Devonport at the Devonport Surf Life Saving Club and Mersey Bluff foreshore which will allow for a natural amphitheatre for athletes and spectators alike.

WHAT:  Some of the biggest names in Australian and New Zealand triathlon will line up in the 2012 OTU Oceania Championships which will include multi-faceted races for Elites, Under 23s, Juniors and Age Groupers.

THE STAKES: At the top of the list will be all-important London Olympic positions which are up for grabs for Oceania Federations as well as all-important ITU and Olympic rankings points; ITU World Championship qualification for Age Groupers; the Elite, Under 23s, Age Group Oceania Championships; the final race in the Australian Junior Series as well as the exciting Trans Tasman Teams Challenge.

WHAT IT MEANS: With only eight countries allowed the maximum of three athletes per gender on the London start line, the battle to secure the one automatic spot granted to Oceania countries will be fiercely contested. So serious are the Kiwis that they have also designated the Oceania Championships as their National Championships – an event normally hosted in Wellington.

FLYING THE MEN’S FLAG: Flying the Australian men’s flag will be Beijing Olympian Courtney Atkinson, former ITU World Champion-cum-Ironman king Chris McCormack, emerging Victorian World Cup-winner Brendan Sexton and a host of emerging stars including, Jamie Huggett, Drew Box, Aaron Royle, James Seear and Ryan Fisher.

THE KIWIS: For the Kiwis, two-time Olympic medallist Bevan Docherty, two-time NZ Commonwealth Games representative and former world aquathlon  champion Kris Gemmell, the under 23 Oceania champion Ryan Sissons and Tony  Dodds, who was second across the line in the Australian Sprint Championship in Geelong last month, will lead the New Zealand men.

THE WOMEN: While the women’s field may not have the numbers, it has attracted a select field with Australia’s elite contingent led by Beijing Olympian Erin Densham, the brilliant Emma Jackson along with World Cup winner Ashleigh Gentle.

SATURDAY START TIMES (Mersey Bluff Beach):

7-7:30am - AGE GROUP (Olympic Distance)

10.15am – ITU JUNIOR WOMEN

11.30am – ITU JUNIOR MEN

1pm – ELITE WOMEN AND UNDER 23S

3.30pm – ELITE MEN AND UNDSER 23S

Issued on behalf of Triathlon Australia

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