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Slee takes second in Byron Bay Tri

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Charlie Quinn won the Byron Bay triathlon on the weekend after putting a crucial 23 seconds between himself and local Matt Slee, who had to be satisfied with a silver finish.

Charlie got through the course in 1:50:24 and beat third-place Lindsey Lawry by 53 seconds.

Courtney Gilfillian won the women’s even in 2:02:15 ahead of Lucy Bowden (2:08:35) and Holly Khan (2:10:59).

The True Wheels Cycles Sprinters came third in the male sprint.

Byron Tri Club member Daniela Costa (2:38) came second in the women’s 25–29 age group, Paivi Hanninen (2:21) took first place in the women’s 35–39 age group, while Deb Fuller (2:37) also got the top result in the women’s 55–59 age group. She was followed home by Danielle Van Zuylen in a time of 2:48.

Nerida Clarke was first placed in the women’s sprint 65–69 age group (1:41).

Matthew Tapping took out 1st place (1:11) in the sprint for the 14–15 year category. He was fifth overall in the sprint.

Geoff Bensley has had a 24-year history with the event as either a volunteer, organiser, or competitor.

‘I feel proud to be a great supporter. The children and adults competing all had smiles and loved what our beautiful town provided on the day,’ he said.

‘It was overwhelming seeing around 1,100 pushbikes crammed into Dening Park but especially heart warming seeing our local children competing in the event.’

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