Townsville to host world triathlon event in 2022, bringing thousands to the city
Thousands of athletes from across the globe will head to Townsville in August 2022 for one of the biggest sporting events the city has ever hosted.
The 2020 Multisport World Championships will be held in Almere in the Netherlands this September and in Ibiza in 2023.
The event attracts elite and age-group triathletes, competing in the duathlon, long distance triathlon, aquathlon and cross triathlon world championship races.
Managing Director of Oceania Dave Beeche says the decision to move all events forward a year is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Changing the scheduling for the Townsville event has been a very tough decision but one made in the best interest of the longevity of this wonderful event,” Mr Beeche says.
“The ten-day Multisport World Championships is one of the most popular and diverse events on the international calendar and we are excited to be bringing it to Australia,” he says.
“The organizing team will put all its energies into delivering an outstanding event for Townsville and the local region, the athletes, families and friends from all over the globe in 2022.”
Townsville Enterprise’s Lisa Woolfe has welcomed the decision to postpone the event rather than cancel it.
“It will be one of the biggest sporting events ever experienced in North Queensland and it’s actually, I believe the first world championships that we will see in Townsville,” Ms Woolfe says.
“It’s expected to bring approximately 8,000 athletes and spectators across the 10 day schedule, it’s about approximately a $16 million economic benefit for the event as well.”
Ms Woolfe says the event will provide a massive economic boost for the city.
“We know events create a demand for travel, they bring people into our region and they spend approximately $280 per person per day.”
“This event does actually have a quite large contingent of international visitors so that figure would be inflated somewhat.”
“If you’re travelling all this way you’re definitely going to want to stay a little bit longer and enjoy the leisure part of your holiday as well.”
She says Townsville has gained a solid reputation for holding major events.
“And we will continue to work with events to bring them into our region because we know what economic benefit they do generate.”
Triathlon Australia CEO Miles Stewart says rescheduling the events was the best outcome given the international border closures and travel restrictions in Australia.
“This decision allows us to host qualification races with certainty, and to give as many of our athletes the chance to be on the Australian team in Townsville fully prepared,” Mr Stewart says.
“While disappointing for our athletes that had applied for Almere, we know they will rally again for 2021,” he says.
(Photos: Main - supplied TEL, Above - World Triathlon)