Challenge Shepparton holds a special place in former triathlete Belinda Granger’s heart, as it was the last professional race she competed in.
With many fond memories of competing in the event professionally, Ms Granger said she was looking forward to competing for fun this year.
‘‘The reason the triathlon works so well in Shepparton is because the town gets behind it. It’s almost like the town is so proud of the race that they just gather around it,’’ she said. ‘‘We call it old-school racing because it just has such a great feel about it. It has a rich history.’’
As interest in triathlon grows and there are more events on offer for young children and those just starting to get into the sport, Ms Granger said there would be something for everyone at the Challenge Shepparton weekend.
‘‘It’s such a great event — you don’t have to know anything about the event or the sport of triathlon to come along and be involved,’’ she said.
‘‘You can have a little taste of the main event the day before and enjoy the other smaller events and fun runs. People really get a chance to see what triathlon is all about.’’
Since crossing the finish line for a final time in 2014, Ms Granger has taken up a role as global professional liaison with Challenge Family, helping to organise and co-ordinate triathlon series across the world.
‘‘Triathlon is one of those sports where it’s all inclusive and you work really hard, but it’s also the social aspect that I love,’’ she said.
‘‘You meet new people and socialise. A lot of my friends are involved with triathlon and we’ve been friends for years through the sport, and I think that speaks volumes.’’