Six-time Ironman World Champion to headline a week of festivities at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney

Ironman announced on Wednesday that six-time Ironman World Champion and legend of the sport Dave Scott is set to join the action of Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.

Scott will be sharing his skills, knowledge and competitive insights with the ”Young Guns” of Ironman sport by hosting a variety of coaching and mentoring activities in the lead up to the inaugural event.

Western Sydney 70.3 has proved to be a red hot race on the circuit among professional and age group athletes, with the field now nearing capacity for individual and relay teams’ registration.

The Ironman 70.3 event will take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, Western Sydney, on Sunday, 30 November and it is primed to become one of the region’s centrepiece races.

Ironman Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Meyer, welcomed the profile and support of having a legend such as Scott involved.

“We are thrilled to partner with Dave at this fantastic new event. Bringing the event to Western Sydney was very important to us. It is a heartland of grass roots Ironman triathlon and the response from the community has been amazing. Dave’s attendance should make this a very special opening year.”

“During the week, Dave will headline a fantastic program of new partnership initiatives with Ironman and the local community including a coaching clinic and Legends Dinner, and will show his form in the Ironman 70.3 race. It will be very special week for the athletes and partners involved,” Meyer said.

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, welcomed the attendance of Scott at the upcoming Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney.

“The Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney is a fantastic new addition to the NSW events calendar, and one the Government is proud to support through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW,” said Ayres.

“Dave Scott’s expert knowledge and legend status will help grow the profile of the event, which is already expected to generate more than $2.5 million total visitor spend from overseas, interstate and intrastate visitors from 2014 to 2016,” he said.

The coaching clinic, presented by Atmosphere Health Club, will run in the immediate lead up to race week.  Presented by the sport’s most successful coaches, the clinic will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of triathlon training and racing while aiming to enhance knowledge and lead to improved performance specifically targeted to participants looking for race performance in the Ironman series of events.

Scott, who has been involved in the sport for over 30 years, will be a keynote speaker at the ‘Legends of Ironman’ dinner on Friday, 28 November. The dinner event will kick off the highly anticipated race weekend and will also feature Australia’s very own legends, five-time Ironman World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander and the inspiring Ironman Hall of Famer and Penrith local, John Maclean.

“I am thrilled to be part of the first IRONMAN 70.3 event in Western Sydney and am looking forward to hosting the coaching clinic preparing the athletes for the race but giving them some new triathlon tools and skills to work on during the race and the upcoming year,” said Scott.

“Being a part of the Legends Dinner will be a special event and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to speak it. The event is supporting such a notable cause.”

Proceeds from the dinner event will go to support the John Maclean Foundation, which endeavours to motivate, inspire and enable Australian kids in wheelchairs to chase their dreams.