Nine Solomon Islands triathletes proudly represented their country in Noosa, Queensland on November 4th in the southern hemisphere's largest triathlon, which attracted 2100 individuals and over 850 3-person teams.Prior to the race, the team was briefed by two-time winner, Nick Croft, met the eventual winner, Craig Walton (6-time winner), and conducted media interviews for the major television stations.
In addition, the team were fitted out in new shoes and some new bikes thanks to the generous support of Silentworld Expeditions.
The grueling 1500 m swim, 40 km ride and 10 km run saw 8 triathletes set personal best (PB) times on the tough, hilly but very fast course.
Stanley Ofasisili, after a strong local season, finished in the top 300 and 44th in his age group with a PB of 2.22.48, six minutes faster than his 2006 Commonwealth Games result.
The team contended well with the huge crowds particularly in the swim leg, which had up to 200 people in some categories.
The bike leg required immense concentration due to the hilly terrain and speeds being achieved in excess of 80 km/hr in some instances.
The remaining team members finished the grueling event with a huge amount of satisfaction and smiles as for many it was their first international race.
Rose Filia, in her first full Olympic distance, finished with a very creditable 3.12.23 time.
Ross Andrewartha, the Tri SI President, said with great pride that the team members had acquitted themselves extremely well both on and off the course and were fantastic ambassadors for the Solomon Islands.
A highlight for the 600-strong crowd was a custom dancing display by the team just prior to the medal presentations.
Silentworld General Manager, Meyric Slimming, was delighted with team's effort and applauded the work each triathlete has put into the season and successfully raised the profile of the Solomon Islands and the sport of triathlon.
It was evident, he said, that the "Spirit of the Solomon's" is very alive in these young triathletes.