Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee Emma Carney is headed back to the Whitsundays to be part of the COLORBOND® steel Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival. The two-time World Champion is still heavily involved in the sport; coaching and still competing recreationally – all whilst studying law. Carney is currently assisting Whitsundays junior Emma Hogan who is juggling her final year school commitments and triathlon and will be touching base with her young charge as part of the visit;
“Right now our focus is just maintaining some level of fitness whilst Emma concentrates on her schooling; there’s plenty of time to be an athlete once she gets through her final year. But the chance to get away from Melbourne and up to the Whitsundays was a little too tempting so I’m looking forward to being involved.”

Carney will play a big part in the event; taking part in a number of the aspects alongside her young son Jack, as well as assisting with clinics and advice for any of the participants. Of course the event has grown this year to be so much more than a triathlon event with the new Icon Homes Ocean Swim as well as the family-focussed Community Carnival and Seaside Cinema.

Entries are open online and interest is growing daily. Despite the presence of such illustrious company in Carney, the beauty of the Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon is the relaxed nature of the event. Besides the Sprint Distance event, it also includes team categories and the beginner friendly, bite-sizes triathlon; the Enticer. This race was launched to make it easier for beginners to try the sport as well as a bridge between the incredibly popular Ergon Kidzpower Triathlon and senior racing. High School athletes can step up to the next level gradually and again, the team component is included for high schools only, to encourage the participation amongst and between school friends! For more details or to register for the swim; visit

Whitsunday Tri Club