josh-mchughAlstonville triathlete Josh McHugh will be chasing a spot in the Australian team for the World Triathlon Championships when he contests the City of Perth Challenge on Sunday, March 15.

McHugh, aged 20, already has competed internationally.

He spent time training in Germany in 2007 and recorded an impressive 17th place in a Pro-Men race in London.

Last year he competed in China as part of the Asian Continental Cup series.

The City of Perth Triathlon Challenge incorporates the Australian Triathlon Championships (Olympic distance).

Hundreds of age group competitors will travel from all parts of Australia, with double selection points on offer for the Olympic Distance Triathlon, as they attempt to qualify for September’s World Championships on the Gold Coast.

In the elite field, last year’s winner, Beijing Olympian, Courtney Atkinson (Qld) is ready to defend his crown, while Beijing bronze medallist Emma Moffatt heads the women’s field at this stage.

The Olympic distance course sees athletes line up for a 1500m swim in the Swan River, followed by four laps of a 10km bike course (40km) along the foreshore, and finishing with three laps of an M-shaped run course (10km) along Riverside Drive.