IT WILL BE THE THIRD TIME THE GOLD COAST HAS PLAYED HOST TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE THE INITIAL YEAR IN 1991 WHEN CURRENT TRIATHLON AUSTRALIA CEO MILES STEWART WON HIS MAIDEN WORLD TITLE AND IN 2009 WHEN TRIPLE OLYMPIAN EMMA MOFFATT WON THE FIRST OF HER TWO WORLD CROWNS.
Some nine years later a 10-strong Australian Elite team – led by current World number three and Games silver medallist Jake Birtwhistle and 2017 World Series No 2 Ashleigh Gentle - will line up against the worlds best determined to put on a strong showing at home.
In the mix of the elite team will be Rio Olympic trio Aaron Royle (NSW), Ryan Bailie and Ryan Fisher with emerging Marcel Walkington named as a reserve.
In the women’s team, NSW pair Natalie Van Coevorden and Emma Jeffcoat have been named after outstanding seasons.
Gentle will return home to the Gold Coast to represent Australia on her 11th Australian team – her seventh Elite team.
Australian Triathlon Team, World Triathlon Championships, Gold Coast, September 12-16:
MEN - Brandon Copeland (NSW), Luke Burns (VIC), Matt Roberts (QLD), Kye Wylde (QLD), Callum McClusky (ACT)
WOMEN - Jaz Hedgeland (WA), Kira Hedgeland; (WA); Annabel White (QLD), Sophie Linn (SA)
MEN - Jake Birtwhistle (TAS), Ryan Bailie (WA), Aaron Royle (NSW), Luke Willian (QLD), Ryan Fisher (QLD) Reserve: Marcel Walkington (VIC)
WOMEN - Ashleigh Gentle (QLD), Natalie Van Coevorden (NSW), Charlotte McShane (VIC), Gillian Backhouse (NSW), Emma Jeffcoat (NSW)