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November 23, 2011

The Nationals have been among the first teams to sign up to compete in the 2012 Corporate Teams Triathlon.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has again enlisted Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and State Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull to contest the event which will be held in Paynesville on February 19.

The trio enjoyed the event last year which is designed to encourage people of all ages and different levels of fitness to get active with a 300m swim, 7km bike ride and 2km run.

Darren, a keen marathon runner, said he was hopeful a longer preparation would help The Nationals team post a better time in 2012.

“In this year’s event, I think we were all just happy to finish,” Darren said.

“It’s an outstanding community event which brings together people of all abilities and provides an incentive to keep fit during the festive season.”

Senator Bridget McKenzie, who lives in Leongatha, was the strongest swimmer in The Nationals team but admits she needs to work on her cycling and running times.

“I get time to do some running as part of training for netball but it’s fair to say I need some more work on the bike,” Bridget said.

Tim Bull has participated in local fun runs over the winter and is keen to post a better time in 2012.

“We’ve all signed up early so there’ll be no excuses for any poor performances,” Tim said.

“The corporate triathlon brings the whole East Gippsland community together. It’s a great day for competitors, their family and friends.

“It also reinforces the importance of staying active and healthy and anybody interested should get a team together and sign up.”

Registrations for the race are now open. Anyone wanting to sign up or obtain further information should visit www.rivieratriclub.com.au

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