Yeppoon Tri Festival - 6 August 2017

Now in its 3rd year, the Yeppoon Triathlon Festival offers a fast and friendly race, ideal for our Tri-ActiV8 tribe who were keen for some racing action. There were 300+ competitors this year which made for an entertaining and vibrant weekend. Held along the beautiful Yeppoon Esplanade the V8 tribe were not disappointed, with the weather providing near perfect conditions.

20 Tri-ActiV8 athletes made the 350km journey to compete, with a mix of competitors spread between the Olympic Distance (OD), Sprint, Enticer and Team OD events. As always team spirit ran high with plenty of banter and encouragement over the course of the weekend.

Olympic Distance

Calvin Franklin – 2:28:49 – 2nd 15-19


This was Cal’s first Olympic distance race and had a ripper of a race, finishing 2nd in his age group. We are so proud of his efforts especially with his lead up to the race impacted by his dedication to his Year 12 studies. Well Done Cal!

Dwayne ‘Mudskipper’ German – 2:30:23 – 3rd 30-34

The Mudskipper returned to Yeppoon to defend his 3rd place age group finish from 2016. After putting in the hard yards in training on the bike, Dwayne shaved 5mins off his 2016 bike time and ran away with 3rd in his age group.

Nikki Giles – 2:36:11 – 2nd 40-44

Coach Nikki put together a solid race to place 2nd in her age group against some strong competition. Always the proud coach, with her race completed, she could turn her attention to cheering home her athletes. Congrats Super Coach.

Chrissy Webb – 2:47:35 – 1st 50-54

After some well-earned rest post Ironman Cairns, Chris was ready to race again… and race she did! Chrissy stormed home to claim first place in her age group and knock a whopping 9mins off her 2016 time. Super effort Chrissy.

Kristen (Pinno) Pinnington – 3:01:07

Kristen has had an awesome year so far between triathlon and adventure racing. Kristen’s commitment to training has paid off with an 8-minute personal best time for this course. Keep up the great work Kristen!

Karen Watt – 3:02:20

In 2016 Karen made her Olympic Distance debut at Yeppoon and was excited to come back for this year’s event. Karen has made some strong improvements on the bike this year, improving her bike time by 7mins. Well done Karen.

Justin Garwood – 3:07:30

Justin made is OD debut at Yeppoon and had a strong race, especially with the purchase of a ‘secret weapon’ the day before the race.  He was cheered home by the ultimate support crew – his soon to be wife, Renee, and baby girl Harper.

Janelle ‘Nel’ Stenidl – 3:09:21 – 3rd 50-54

Nel got her mojo back for training in the weeks leading up to her first race since IM 70.3 Busselton in May. Nelly put in a solid effort across all 3 disciplines to place 3rd in her age group. So proud of you Nelly!

Linda Wetherall – 2:58:00 - 3rd 45-49

Lindy Lou keeps going from strength to strength! After completing her first full IM in Cairns in June, she has backed up to come 3rd in her age group.  Always smiling and providing encouragement out of the course, we are super proud of Lindy Lou and her results.

Rhi German – 3:12:29 – 3rd 30-34

Rhi was determined to return to Yeppoon in 2017 to better her time from 2016. This year she was not disappointed, achieving an amazing 10minute PB on the bike course and securing her first ever podium finish! Great effort Rhi.

Leanne Franklin – 3:58:45

Why let your children have all the fun? With son Calvin also tearing up the course, Leanne put together an impressive race for her first Olympic Distance and was cheered home by a raucous V8 team. Congratulations Leanne!

Terry Riggs – 2:52:51

This man is a machine. Backing up from Cairns 70.3 in June, Terry completed only his 2nd Olympic Distance in an impressive time amongst a strong age group. Well done Tezza, we look forward to your next race.

Cath Riggs

The lead up to Yeppoon was not optimal with Cath still recovering from an injury but in true Riggsy style, she channeled Dory and ‘just kept swimming’. Whilst she was unable to complete the run she clocked a 5min PB on bike, nicely done Cath.

Mel Harris

Always the warrior, Mel raced to the best of her ability before she took ill on the course. Not one to be happy with a DNF, we’re sure Mel will be back next year to avenge this year’s race.

Jacquie Bussey

Our super fish Jacquie unfortunately fell ill on the course after a great lead into the race. Whilst disappointing, Jacquie has a busy race calendar for this half of the year and will put this result behind her to focus on training for her remaining races.

Olympic Distance Teams

Judy Keogh - Team Darcy & Jude – 2:45:04

This was Judy’s first crack at an OD race and we are sure she will be back for more in the future. With super speedy Darcy starting the team off strong, Judy completed the bike and run legs. Congratulations team on a great race.

The Bornman Family ‘The B-Team’ – 2:24:06 – 3rd

Ray, Josh and Corne completed the Olympic Distance at a cracking pace to take out 3rd Place in the teams’ division. It was a true family affair with all men playing to their strengths to win a place on the podium. 


Lisa Chapman – 1:53:44 – 1st 55-59


What a legend. Lisa completed the sprint distance and placed 1st in her age group! Congratulations on your first podium finish Lisa! Lisa just keeps growing from strength to strength and we are so proud!

Emily Dalglish – 1:35:32


Yeppoon was Emily’s first sprint distance race and what a fantastic place she chose to make her debut. It was a pleasure to see Emily achieving her goal with all the hard work she puts into her training and her ‘give anything a go’ attitude. Well done Em!

Young Guns - Capricornia Trials

Tri-ActiV8 boasts a superior group of Juniors who trialled for the Capricornia Triathlon Team.  We were super proud of Jamie Bornman, Jacqulyn Wonnocott, Hunter McGovern, Callam Ogilvie-Alcock, Bella du Toit, Cameron Wonnocott and Phoebe Franklin!  Keep an eye out for them, they will soon be a force to be reckoned with. Super effort tribe!

Rhiannon German