Interoffice Rivalry - Brisbane V's Melbourne

Interoffice Rivalry - Brisbane V's Melbourne

Mooloolaba Triathlon, Queensland Sunshine Coast

27-29 Mar 2009

AE Smith triathalon competitors posing for the camera

AE Smith Construction teams in Brisbane and Melbourne often work side by side on major projects, but for the recent Mooloolaba Triathlon the teams were pitted against each other.

With each office fielding triathletes, Melbourne and Brisbane teams completed the testing course in even more testing weather conditions – combining a 1500 metre open water swim, 40km cycle and a 10km run.

“Organising for the two Construction offices to participate is a great way to create some team work between us, despite the geographic distance,” says Martin Ross, Brisbane’s Team Captain.

Stuart Gibson, Melbourne’s Team Captain said, “We had been following the Queensland teams results in the Cool Breeze and saw the Mooloolaba event as an opportunity to test ourselves against the best on their home turf.”

“Its certainly the start of some friendly rivalry. Team Melbourne really delivered with their time, setting an impressive benchmark that will take some really serious effort to match!” adds Martin.

For the record, Team Melbourne (pic below) beat all comers from Team Brisbane at Mooloolaba with Matthew Younger (swim), Stewart King (cycle) and Stuart Gibson (run) finishing in a combined time of 2:14:55.

Special mention to Martin Ross, Peter Sawyer and Nick Mortensen from Team Brisbane who raced in the solo event completing the swim, cycle and run disciplines in succession rather than in relay like the others.

AE Smith employees posing on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place podiums with champagne

With Mooloolaba done and dusted and Melbourne going one-up in the first interoffice head-to-head, Team Brisbane challenged Team Melbourne to a rematch at the Gold Coast Triathlon World Championships in September. Stay tuned to see if Team Brisbane can even the score or face a Two - Zero deficit.

For more information visit or contact Martin Ross in Brisbane on +61 (0)7 3332 0333 or Stuart Gibson in Melbourne on +61 (0)3 9271 1999.

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