Locals can expect a strong showing at the 2020 Triathlon NSW Club Championships, according to Port Macquarie Triathlon Club committee members.
An official switch of the Championship's location from Orange to Forster has been announced for 2020, potentially giving Port Macquarie competitors a leg up on shorter travel times and similar race conditions.
Port Macquarie Triathlon Club vice president Tammy Hosking, who was elected at a recent annual general meeting on May 13 said the difference was a one hour trip to Forster compared to a seven hour trek to Orange.
"Forster is a bit closer to home, traditionally we have had fun weekend away for that and this will help scheduling for that," she said.
"But also align our races with Ironman in May, put our races a bit earlier in the season so the people doing the Ironman can train for that and also do our courses.
"(To Forster) It's an hour and 20 minute drive up the road, as opposed to the seven hour drive to Orange."
Triathlon NSW Club Championships held in Orange during March this year were forced to close the swim section of the course due to blue green algae in the Gosling Creek Reservoir.
"I am excited to see the 2020 Triathlon NSW Club Championships return to Forster," said Triathlon NSW Club Championships chief executive Adam Wicks.
"The sport of triathlon in the Mid North Coast region is growing each year. Forster has a pleasant climate year round and is a wonderful town to holiday in and bring the entire family."
After May 13's PMTC meeting Andrew Lister remains as club president, while Alison McKinnon continues her 10 year reign as treasurer.
"We're preparing the new races calendar," said Mr Lister.
"The governing body which holds the end of season club championships in Orange is moving the event back to Forster.
"There's going to be a bigger focus building up for that because it has traditionally been a harder event for Port Macquarie athletes to get to.
"The location change to Forster is more of a holiday destination and has been very popular."
PMTC will next host a series of duathlon on the last Sunday of June, July and August for it's 140 members and any non-members taking part.
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