Why anyone in their right mind would want to swim in the waters of Australia’s east coast is a question for the ages, just not the current one.
For any not up to speed quite yet, use of the word current in the previous sentence was our feeble attempt at a pun.
It did appear at one point, that the triathlon event of the 2018 Gold Coast Games could be reduced by 33 percent to a duathlon out of concern for the water quality.
The swim leg of the Luke Harrop memorial Triathlon in January, which intended to use the same stretch of water, had to cancelled due to concerns over water quality.
As the opening of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is hours away, Triathlon Australia national performance director Justin Drew said in an interview in The Courier-Mail, “My understanding is that the water quality is a non-issue,” Drew said.
There is a cyclone with which to contend. Cyclone Iris, off the coast of North Queensland. Weather events and water quality are two different topics, apparently.
“They are not forecasting any type of contingency and we are preparing to race,” Drew said. “We have had updates and everything is positive. The course familiarisation went ahead (on Tuesday) as planned and people swam as normal.”
Swimming in polluted water during a cyclone makes us nostalgic for the fate of a goldfish we had as youngsters. That misfortunate fish suffered the same fate as do many of its species, burial in the swirling waters of the toilet.
The able-bodied men and women athletes are set to go at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm tomorrow, so they will forego the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies in order to be well rested for the triathlon.
Pollution and extreme weather aside, one of the marquee events of the Commonwealth Games has seemingly avoided the fate of having the swimming leg cancelled.