Local triathletes beat fierce coastal competition
NANANGO State High School students and triathletes Jericho Pogany and Paige O'Connor have just returned home champions after facing fierce coastal competition.
The two joined a group of South Burnett triathletes, who spend their weekdays training and weekends competing in triathlons, at the Hervey Bay Triathlon last weekend.
Jericho, 15, and Paige, 14, were both crowned Wide Bay Intermediate Age Champions at the event.
Other South Burnett competitors were Mackenzie Grundy who placed second for Wide Bay, Olivia Grundy who also placed second for Wide Bay, and Cooper Weil who was eighth for Wide Bay.
Jericho and Paige swam 500 metres in the Hervey Bay ocean, cycled 15 kilometres, and then finished off their race with a four kilometre run.
Both mothers, Kellie Pogany and Carloyn O'Connor, said they were very proud of their teens.
"Jericho and Paige have only just started competing this year," Ms Pogany said.
"They've maybe done 10 triathlons each.
"Before this they were both serious mid to long distance runners.
"But since taking up triathlons they want to nothing
"They just love it so much."
Ms O'Connor said she believes her daughter has learned a lot since taking up the gruelling sport.
"They train every day and in the lead up to a competition sometimes twice a day," she said.
"I think it's taught them a lot about dedication.
"They know they have to get themselves up and really apply themselves.
"Which they always do."
Ms Pogany agreed, and said she thought the sport had taught her son to be dedicated and strong.
"He gets up himself every morning at 5am. For a 15-year-old boy I find that impressive," she said.
"He's stayed dedicated and always gives his best.
"I think taking up triathlons has really made him into a stronger athlete and
"I'm so proud of him."