PEDDLE POWER: Thomas York competes at the State Schools Triathlon Championships at Hervey Bay.
PEDDLE POWER: Thomas York competes at the State Schools Triathlon Championships at Hervey Bay. Contributed

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TRIATHLON: Thomas York has made the region proud, by competing at the Triathlon State Championships in Hervey Bay on the weekend.

Battling through hot and humid conditions and rough seas, Thomas performed admirably against a tough field of competitors from across Queensland.

Competing in the intermediate category, Thomas braved a 600 metre swim, a 16 kilometre bike ride and a four kilometre run.

To qualify for the Darling Downs team, Thomas first had to finish in the top 10 for his age group at a qualifying event on the Sunshine Coast.

"The southwest region doesn't have a triathlon team, so I had to run for the Darling Downs and they did their trials at the all-schools triathlon in Kawana,” Thomas said.

Thomas would go on to finish seventh and earn the right to compete at Hervey Bay.

The race would prove anything but easy, with competitors from the western regions struggling to adjust to tricky coastal conditions.

"Because we were by the bay, we were swimming in the ocean which was pretty rough because of a cyclone in the area,” he said.

"It was also very humid which made it difficult to breathe for people who don't live in those conditions.

"Although I didn't do as well as I would have liked - for the conditions, and the strength of the competitors - I think I went alright.”

Thomas is still learning about the sport, having competed in only a handful of triathlons.

His strengths lie in his running, having competed at numerous state cross countries over the last several years while acknowledging he would like to work on his cycling ability.

"I'm usually pretty tired by the running leg because I put too much effort into the cycling and I end up battling through the run,” Thomas said.

Thomas' next event is the Parklands triathlon in Dalby.

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