Just a month out from the SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton, Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) is excited to announce the addition of 5 x World Champion Triathlete, Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander to the Professional start list for the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton, Sunday 1 May 2016.
Alexander has over a decade of national and international Ironman Triathlon titles under his belt including 70.3 World Champion 2006, 2011; Ironman World Champion 2008, 2009, 2011 and was the first athlete to win a 70.3 and Ironman World Championships in the same year.
TWA Event Manager Georgina Westgarth said “We are extremely excited to announce Craig Alexander as part of our professional field for SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton. The pro field itself is strong for this event and will no doubt provide a very entertaining race and draw a great crowd!”
Being new to the Busselton 70.3 event Alexander says "I am really looking forward to heading west in May to race in Busselton. I have never raced there before but heard only amazing things about the race, the place and the incredible festival atmosphere over the whole weekend. The race always attracts a World class field and with 50 qualification spots on offer for the IM 70.3 World Championships later this year, the age group ranks will also be stacked. See you there!"
TWA Executive Director Peter Minchin said “The addition of Craig to the field for SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton highlights the popularity of Busselton. Craig is a truly world class athlete and his participation only adds to what is fast becoming known as one of the must do races, not only in the Asia-Pacific region but, right across the world”.
Joining Alexander on the start line will be Peter Kerr, who is in great form having won the Ironman 70.3 Taiwan last weekend. Also on the start line will be New Zealand’s Guy Crawford who finished 7th in 2015; Simon Billeau (FRA) who finished 12th last year and Aussie Pro’s David Mainwaring winner of 2015 Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney, Callum Millward having most recently finished 3rd in Ironman New Zealand and Giles Clayton who finished in 10th place in Busselton last year also competing on the event.
The women’s field for this year’s event is also one that will not disappoint. With many of our Aussie pro females who finished in the top ten at last year’s event returning; Katey Gibb 3rd place, the 2014 winner and WA local Kate Bevilaqua 4th place, Kate Pedley 5th place and Katy Duffield 6th place. The ‘Kate’s’ will be joined by Annabel Luxford (AUS) who came second at Ironman 70.3 Geelong in February and Tineke Stewart (NZL)
Also racing in the Professional women’s field is Renee Baker (AUS) who is an Ambassador for our charity partner Muscular Dystrophy Western Australia (MDWA) and the ‘Tri for Someone Who Can’t’ fundraising campaign. Former West Coast Eagles player Beau Waters is also an Event Ambassador for MDWA and is also competing to help raise awareness and funds for MDWA.
We have an even field of male and female professional athletes both experienced and new generation so it will be interesting to watch the action and the results come in.
“We encourage all to head down to Busselton for a race that should not be missed” said Ms Westgarth.
SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton will take place in the famous CIty of Busselton (South West of WA) on Sunday 1 May 2016.