Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kevin, 75, Still Has a Few Ocean Swims Left in Him

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kevin, 75, Still Has a Few Ocean Swims Left in Him

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Byline: Nikkii Joyce nikkii.joyce@scnews.com.au

OCEAN swimmer Kevin Ewart, 75, is not one to boast about his impressive number of wins in the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival.

"Let's face it, the number of us old blokes lining up every year isn't what you'd say 'increasing'," Mr Ewart said with a chuckle.

More than 6000 competitors will compete in the nine events including the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup Triathlon.

The triathlon consists of a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and a 10km run on the Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland shoreline and gives athletes the year's first opportunity to earn world cup points

The three-day event brings 35,000 spectators who spend on average $300 a day, according to figures provided to Tourism Sunshine Coast.

Chief executive officer Russell Mason said increasing international interest in triathlons will see this weekend's World Series opener broadcast on national television and to 72 other countries.

"It's very clear that this event has taken on the world stage, and the images of this region will be broadcast to the world," Mr Mason said, adding that it will be at least another 12 months before he's ready to join the ranks of competitors. …

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