OCTC president Michael Lockyer said his club could move to Gosling Creek permanently

NEW HOME?: Orange's Connor Whiteley transitions from the bike to run last weekend. His Piranhas could move to Gosling Creek permanently. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
NEW HOME?: Orange's Connor Whiteley transitions from the bike to run last weekend. His Piranhas could move to Gosling Creek permanently. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club president Michael Lockyer is over the moon with the response he received from triathletes regarding the new Gosling Creek course following last weekend’s Junior Triathlon Festival, which doubled as the Triathlon NSW Youth/Junior/Under-23 Super Sprint Championships.

So much so the Piranhas are keen on making it their new permanent home, Lockyer confirmed they are seriously considering moving from their traditional base of Lake Canobolas.

Orange was announced as the host for the 2017 NSW Club Championships in early October and last weekend’s sterling event was basically a test for the new course in the lead up, which it passed with flying colours.

It wasn’t just tested by some of the best junior triathletes in the state, but also by those who would use the venue far more regularly. Along with the Triathlon NSW events last weekend the Piranhas hosted their regular club races in conjunction.

“The new course received nothing but compliments and positive feedback, which is … great,” Lockyer said.

“It was just a really great weekend and having spoken to a lot of the coaches it looks like we’ll try to make [the Junior Triathlon Festival] an annual event now.

“Gosling Creek is pretty much the perfect area to host triathlons and it worked really well last weekend, so I think there is the view we’ll move there permanently at some stage.

“It does come back to (Orange City) Council of course, but we’ve been speaking to them about it and they pretty much said you’re either at Lake Canobolas or Gosling Creek.

“Realistically, it’s only lacking a little bit of infrastructure out there in terms of equipment sheds and that sort of thing but otherwise, it’s good to go.

“All the athletes said they enjoyed it last weekend and we’re hosting the Club Championships next March as well.”

The upgraded water-entry site worked perfectly.