SIR JIMMY HILTON

In 2014 he won the Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon in Port Douglas narrowly beating his childhood hero Steve Moneghetti. In his first ever attempt at an Ironman event he finished in under 10 hours, and he has won the last FOUR consecutive Great Pyramid Races. Currently unbeatable in his discipline, his image has…

Ella Goddard-Profiling our Cairns Athletes

  Easily one of the best swimmers to come out of Far North Queensland in a long time, Ella’s list of achievements is impressive. She has demonstrated State and National success in distance swimming, and solidified her dominance in the endurance events with State medals in the IM, Freestyle and distance Butterfly. She has also…

The Cairns Aquarium-How does it compare to Townsville?

  Interesting. After having visited both facilities, there are a few differences-bear in mind this is purely my opinion. The Cairns aquarium is aesthetically ‘prettier’. The building is an eye catching design, whereas Townsville aquarium to me, feels a little industrial. Inside the Cairns building, the interior design and artwork is more modern and fresh,…

Connor Daniell-Profiling Cairns Athletes

  It is hard to believe this young running champion is only 14. He can run 10km in 34:58 in the worst conditions imaginable and has established himself in the Far North as a force to be reckoned with in the running arena. The world is his oyster and his future is guaranteed to be…

Jacinta Kome-Profiling Cairns Athletes

Watch this super athlete FLY! She might be only 12 years old, but she’s swimming out of her skin at the moment, earning herself a Bronze medal  in the Short Course Queensland Championships 400m IM! Jacinta Kome, has only recently increased her commitment to swimming, and she is getting better and better and better… Club:…

Sam Tress-Profiling Cairns Athletes

  Name: Sam Tress Age: 16 Sport: Swimming Story: Training with Cairns Stingrays Swimming Club at Woree Sports and Aquatic Centre, Sam is a Multi-FNQ Swimming Record Holder and Queensland State Championship Medalist. He is also a Michael Phelps MP- emerging athlete. He competed at this years Australian Age Championships and is currently training for…

Toby Gillen-Profiling Cairns Athletes

  Name: Toby Gillen Age: 16 Sport: Running, Cross Country, Athletics Recent Achievements: 🏃‍♂️Trinity Anglican School’s 2017 Senior Male Sportsperson of the Year 🏃‍♂️ 2nd Overall in Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival 10km event, only 1 second behind Professional Athlete Dylan Stenson in a time of 34.19 🏃‍♂️Silver medalist in the 2017 QLD…

Flynn Martin-Profiling Cairns Athletes

  NAME: Flynn Martin AGE: 15 Years SPORT: Swimming CLUB: TAS Swimming COACH: Duncan Todd ACHIEVEMENTS: Flynn, as Runner-up QLD champion in the 100 and 200m Breaststroke short course State Championships, and a Bronze medalist in the 400m Individual medley 2017,  will be competing in the Long Course Qld State Champs in Brisbane in December,…

BUSH STONE-CURLEW

There are plenty of these guys around nesting in Cairns at the moment. Have you ever been on the receiving end of a protective parent?

Today After The Rain-VIDEO FOOTAGE

A day earlier, this rock wall was dry-not a drop of water to be seen. The parched trees dropped their leaves as a result of thirst, and created a crunchy bed of earthy colours.

“I was chewed up and spat out”-Sarah’s post Ironman race analysis will drop your jaw.

I had been “chewed up and spat out”…
They were Intentionally violent…
Saying I was terrified is an understatement…
I was in a lot of pain…
But there was no relief after the climb ended and the road leveled out…
All I could hear, was the dull pounding of feet on the bitumen and the occasional grunts and groans from someone struggling…
All I could see, was a long stretch of never ending undulating highway up ahead, and lava fields on either side…
I was overcome with emotion and just wanted to cry…
“Sarah Thomas, You are an Ironman”

Backyard birdie

    What a lovely little critter. Does anyone know the name of this little buddy?    

Ironman World Championships 2017-Kona, Hawaii, is TOMORROW!!

  With only one day to go before the Race, Sarah is well and truly ready. We can’t wait to follow her Race with live tracking, and we wish her well. Praying for no flats! GOOD LUCK SARAH, Cairns is behind you! Read her blog below:   On the swim course this morning the water…

Two days and counting…

Today has been a long and busy day in Kona.   It started in the same way as it seemed everyone else’s did: with a bit of exercise. It was like the whole of the island was out swimming/riding/running this morning, people EVERYWHERE! I was then lucky enough to attend the annual Kona Witsup (Women…

The Excitement Builds With only 2 days Until Race Day

The little town of Kailua-Kona is now completely transformed, and the “Ironman Village” is all set up and open for business. It is made up of lots of different stalls from numerous companies over the length of about 2 kilometers in total along Ali’i Drive. There is so much choice and so many cool products…

THREE DAYS AND COUNTING!

  The training is done. The hard slog is over. Her long Journey to make the World Triathlon Championships in Kona has come to an end. All that remains, is the plum in the pudding. The pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow-The reward. She will embark on one of the most epic…

The Showdown-Watch The Sprint Finish

Michael Haseldine, Tyson Sundman’s triathlon coach from TAS Triathlon was racing Tyson today. There was no love lost as they battled it out in the heat…Watch to see who wins.

Follow Sarah’s Countdown To Kona

Cairns based Physiotherapist and 2017 Ironman Asia Pacific winner for the 30-34’s- Sarah Thomas will mix it with the best Ironman athletes in the world as she heads off to face the ultimate test- The Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The New Esplanade at Machans Beach

    Have you checked out the new Esplanade at Machans? A great place to walk the dog, or take a jog. Access to the beach is via the steps, as a rock wall has been established to protect the shoreline.

Walkamin

It reminds me of the territory, and carries with it the same earthy smells and spirituality

About Capturing Cairns

“I have been writing and creating images all my life-though it’s only now, that I have finally let in the light” ~N.Martin

Tri-fec-ta

It’s hard to believe these three champions are from the same family.

The Simpson siblings are gifted sportspeople, but when it comes to Triathlon, they are ALL off the charts. Please enjoy this light-hearted interview with three extremely talented siblings from Cairns.

Clio Ozanne-Jaques-Where is she now?

Having a list of sporting achievements a mile long, including most recently being selected in the Australian Junior Cross Country Team to compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (2017 Junior) she is the perfect example of a student who was successfully able to juggle training commitments and study…but is the life of an elite athlete a balanced one? What sacrifices has she made to get to where she is?

The man behind number 40

A high profile, highly successful athlete, Alex Loughton boasts seven consecutive seasons with the Taipans and numerous other sporting accolades. But who is the man behind the basketball, and what does his future look like?

Ironman-Through their eyes.

I was especially humbled to be in the company of two men who’s immediate responses to “why do you do it?” and “How do you cope with such a gruelling schedule?” had within them an air of confusion.