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2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Joins Pro Line-Up at Laguna Phuket

November 11, 2011

Current Ironman 70.3 World Champion Melissa Rollison will contest the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship at Laguna Phuket on December 4 – the latest addition to a stellar line-up of elite professional triathletes heading to the island.


Rollison, of Australia, completed her first Ironman 70.3-distance race in September 2010 and in just 12 months, has gone on to claim three 70.3 series titles, as well as the prestigious world championship trophy.

A former steeplechase runner, Rollison took up cycling to maintain her fitness during bouts of running-related injuries. This inevitably led to her first triathlon.

Rollison finished third in last year’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Championship race, but her world championship title-win in September in Las Vegas proves she is a force to be reckoned with. She is set to face off against reigning champion Caroline Steffen of Switzerland, who has confirmed she will be coming back to Phuket to defend her 2010 title.

More than 950 athletes, including 31 pros and nine relay teams, are now registered for the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship.

Other international pros that will compete for top honours include 2010 Laguna Phuket Triathlon champions Massimo Cigana of Italy and Australia’s Belinda Granger; 2011 Ironman 70.3 world champion runner-up Chris Lieto; 10-time Ironman New Zealand Champion Cameron Brown;  2011 Ironman 70.3 winner and talented up-and-comer Paul Matthews and 2010 ITU Long Distance World Champion Silvain Sudrie.

Professional athletes will compete for a slice of the US$75,000 prize purse, as well as 30 qualifying slots for the 2012 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and 45 slots for the 2012 Marine Corps Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas.  Laguna is one of only a small number of worldwide Ironman 70.3 triathlons offering 2012 Kona and Las Vega slots for winners of age group categories. 

Laguna Triathlon Director, Debbie Dionysius, says: “We’re thrilled to have such a star-studded line-up at this year’s Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship.

“Top athletes who competed in last year’s inaugural race are coming back in 2011and that reflects well on the event. It proves that the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship is a world-class race and that Phuket is a world-class triathlon destination.”

Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest Schedule Unveiled


Mon 28 NOV

Date/Time Activity Venue
08:15 – 12:15 Laguna’s Survival Swim Training Program On the beach between Dusit Thani Laguna & Angsana Laguna Phuket
08:30 – 10:00 Swim Session with Ironman Legend Juergen Zack Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club
11.30 – 12.30 Body Balance Class + Lunch RPM Health Club. Booking essential
T: 076 360 885 E:darren@rpmhealthclub.com

TUE 29 NOV

Date/Time Activity Venue
08:15 – 12:15 Laguna’s Survival Swim Training Program On the beach between Dusit Thani Laguna & Angsana Laguna Phuket
11:30 – 12:30 Body Pump Class + Lunch RPM Health Club. Booking essential
T: 076 360 885 E:darren@rpmhealthclub.com

WED 30 NOV

Date/Time Activity Venue
08:15 – 12:15 Laguna’s Survival Swim Training Program On the beach between Dusit Thani Laguna & Angsana Laguna Phuket
08:30 – 10:00 Swim Session with Juergen Zack Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club
11:00 – 17:00 Offi cial Ironman Store & Event Social Centre open Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction – Big Marquee
11:30 – 12:30 Body Balance Class + Lunch RPM Health Club. Booking essential
T: 076 360 885 E:darren@rpmhealthclub.com
16:00 – 18:30 Speed Golf Tournament Laguna Phuket Golf Club

THU 1 DEC

Date/Time Activity Venue
08:00 Practice bike session with Juergen Zack (police escorted) Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction / Bike Course
08:15 – 12:15 Laguna’s Survival Swim Training Program On the beach between Dusit Thani Laguna & Angsana Laguna Phuket
09:00 – 17:00 Offi cial Ironman Store & Event Social Centre open Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction – Big Marquee
11:30 – 12:30 Body Pump Class + Lunch RPM Health Club. Booking essential
T: 076 360 885 E:darren@rpmhealthclub.com
15:00 – 16:00 Open Water Swimming Competition Marine Centre – Laguna Beach Resort
18:00 –19:00 Question of Sport Quiz Night Marine Centre – Laguna Beach Resort
19:00 – 21:00 Ironman Movie Night Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction – Big Marquee

FRI 2 DEC

Date/Time Activity Venue
07:00 Practice Run on run course Meet at Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction
07:00 – 13:45 Swim Session with Juergen Zack & Training Seminar.
Pick up 07:00 from Y-Junction, drop off 13.45
Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club
09:00 – 17:00 Offi cial Ironman Store & Event Social Centre open Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction – Big Marquee
11:30 – 12:30 Body Balance Class + Lunch RPM Health Club. Booking essential
T: 076 360 885 E:darren@rpmhealthclub.com
18:00 – 19:30 Meet the Pros Cocktail Party Casuarina Beach Restaurant, Dusit Thani Laguna

SAT 3 DEC

Date/Time Activity Venue
09:00 – 17:00 Offi cial Ironman Store & Event Social Centre open Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction – Big Marquee

SUN 4 DEC RACE DAY

Date/Time Activity Venue
08:00 – 15:00 Offi cial Ironman Store & Event Social Centre open Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction – Big Marquee

MON 5 DEC

Date/Time Activity Venue
09:00 – 12:00 Offi cial Ironman Store & Event Social Centre open Laguna Beach Resort Y-Junction – Big Marquee
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