Halksworth grasps Super League opportunity
SUPER League Triathlon wildcard Dan Halksworth has vowed to 'rise to the occasion' next month when he competes alongside the world's top professionals on the Waterfront.
The 31-year-old former UK Ironman champion has been handed a spot on the 25-man startlist for the global event, which is set to feature Olympic silver medallist Jonny Brownlee and five-time world champion Javier Noya.
Super League Jersey will include Triple Mix and Eliminator events, with the swim, bike and run legs being staged in different orders to a traditional triathlon and over much shorter distances. The two-day event forms part of a million-dollar series designed to increase the sport's worldwide appeal, and is due to offer over $100,000 in prize money.
'After everything I’ve done in the sport over the last ten years – to have one of the biggest events in the world coming to Jersey, I literally couldn’t turn it down,' said Halksworth, winner of back-to-back Island Games gold medals.
'I’ve raced most of the guys before, but not for a while, and it’s over a completely different distance. It will be very interesting, tactics will play a part and I’m hoping my Ironman fitness will help me.
'I’m just going to go out as hard as I can and give it everything I’ve got to try and not embarrass myself.'
'It’s going to be amazing ... hopefully the home crowd can spur me on.'
The opening round, which took place earlier this year in Hamilton Island, Australia, was televised for a global audience of over 300 million.