North Beach: give triathlons a try, say professionals


Thomas Bruins, Oli Stenning, Kenji Nener, Kate Vernon, Courtney Ogden, Simon Billeau, Michael Lori and Paul Laver.
Thomas Bruins, Oli Stenning, Kenji Nener, Kate Vernon, Courtney Ogden, Simon Billeau, Michael Lori and Paul Laver.

AN Australian professional triathlon team is launching at a free public event in North Beach this Sunday.

French-born athlete Simon Billeau, who lives in North Beach, has started Better Tri Us to give back to the triathlon community.

“Our sport is so much more than just swimming, riding and running,” he said.

“At its core, it is about community and connecting people in their quest to lead a healthy lifestyle and achieve personal goals.”

The nine-member team includes paratriathlete Lauren Parker, duathlete Thomas Bruins, former Rottnest Swim winner and Scarborough resident Paul Laver, and Michael Lori, who represents Canada at international triathlons.

“The objective of the team is to support each individual to reach their potential and their dream; our motto is to ‘dream big’,” Billeau said.

“We believe that training together, sharing good values, experience and being part of a team project would help to exceed our expectations and sporting level.”

The team is holding a launch event at Edgefield Way in North Beach on November 19 from noon to 5pm, where people can meet the athletes and gain competitive tips.

To attend, email simon.billeau@gmail.com.

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