Ironman WA's $33m is here to stay

The state government has secured popular international event, Ironman WA Triathlon at Busselton for a further five years, potentially delivering more than $33 million to the state's economy.


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"95 per cent of all competitors in Ironman WA are just like you and me and the neighbour and the 62-year-old New Zealander and the mum with two kids who will take hours longer but enjoy the challenge and enjoy achieving it," Has this bloke (David van Ooran) ever done an Ironman, is he serious???. You've just insulted everyone (at least 95%) of the competitors by down playing the hundreds and hundreds of hours of training they've done just to get to the start line. No David, they are not like you and me, particularly you, they are serious athletes who devote a significant amount of their time and finances to get to the start line. This isn't a charity fun run.

Very fair call Warwick. I have enormous respect for the participants who train extremely hard and compete in the Ironman. From memory (a couple of years ago when I was interviewed by the WA Business News journo), the point i was making was the incredible diversity of participants who are not elite, professional athletes but 'regular' people ..who by the way are incredibly inspirational and are growing in numbers for this event. This was the point i was making. To all Ironman competitors - I take my hat off to you and i hope to be cheering you from the sidelines again in 2010.

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