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THE bcu Coffs Tri is attracting athletes from as young as six right through to 80-year-old world champion Keith Pearce.
Australia's inspirational Pearce has raced in triathlons all over the world and says the bcu Coffs Tri is one of the best events in which he has competed. He's looking forward to racing here again in a few weeks time. Pearce took out the ITU World Triathlon Championship in Cozumel, Mexico, last year to be the fastest 80-year-old in the world over both the standard distance (1500m swim; 40km bike and 10km run) and aquathlon (2.5km run; 1.5km swim; 2.5km run), with silver in the sprint distance (750m swim; 20km bike; 5km run). He raced alongside his twin brother Frank, who also came home with swag of medals from the event. The brothers have no plans of slowing down. "The ITU Championships are on in 2018 on the Gold Coast and we're aiming for that," Keith said. Keith has competed in the bcu Coffs Tri in 2013, 2015 and 2016, winning his age category each year. "I keep doing triathlons because I can and may take up tennis when I'm a bit older," he said after last year's event. The former champion distance runner grew up in Africa before moving to New Zealand and finally settling in Forster on the NSW mid north coast. He took up triathlons at the tender age of 53. The road for Keith has not always been paved with gold. He lost his mother when he was just seven months old and has recently battled cancer, losing three quarters of his stomach to the disease. But that hasn't stopped this remarkable athlete achieve phenomenal success in his sport. He has collected enough trophies to fill most people's lounge rooms and has been recognised with numerous sporting awards over the years. He is also a life member of Forster Triathlon Club. "As well as being a life member and a name on the club's hall of fame, Keith is an inspiration and a valuable mentor for triathletes," he said.
CLUB MEMBER KEITH PEARCE IS A WORLD CHAMPION AFTER WINNING HIS AGE GROUP RACE AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE GOLD COAST ON SATURDAY.
Standout efforts include Keith Pearce winning his Age Group, David Sewell second in Age Group, Donna Bayley third in Age Group.
In the recent contest to supply a new slogan for Triathlon NSW, our very own Roberta Pearce - wife of Keith - came up with the winning entry - "You Haven't Tried until You've Tri'd". Cub Member Keith Pearce is now World Champion in the 70-74yo Age Group for men, after winning his race at the Gold Coast's World Olympic Distance Championships on Saturday. Keith's time of 2:47:28 made him the fastest in the world for his Age Group, and is a worthy winner. He also recorded the fastest run split of his race, with 53:19. Forster Triathlon Club extends to Keith our most sincere congratulations on this fantastic milestone. Treasurer Rhett Pattison, Club stalwart Keith Pearce, and members Glen Williams, Jan Smeaton, Jemma Burtonwood and Roselyn Gucul will take on the world's best age groupers in what is sure to be one of the highlights of their triathlon careers.
Forster's Keith Pearce, 72, was always going to win the 70 to 74 age category.
He was the only one in it. "I enjoyed it," he said. "It was a pretty hilly course, but I got out in the swim leg and had a good time." Pearce's race number was 508, and he finished 508th out of nearly 700 individual competitors. "There was a good tail wind heading home, so it revives your legs and gives you a bit more energy when you hit the hills," he said. "I was the oldest in the field, so I got some nice notoriety. I got to present a few of the awards, which was a bit of a buzz." Pearce said he was glad to be beaten at Port Macquarie by some of the women who finished behind him at Forster's triathlon last month.