Hervey Bay home to Triathlon State Championships in 2017
HERVEY Bay will be home to the Queensland School Sport - Triathlon State Championships again in 2017.
The sand has barely settled on the weekend's hugely successful event, which attracted hundreds of the state's best triathletes, and work has already begun for the national championships, which are just eight weeks away.
Urangan State High School's Brian Harrington and Cass Kimlin returned to work on Monday after they co-convened the event.
Harrington confirmed Hervey Bay would host the state championships again next year, and said work was well advanced ahead of April's national championships.
"It's going to be massive," he said.
"There's a little bit more work involved for the nationals. It's a four-day event so we'll look at excursions to Fraser (Island) and we'll hold an opening ceremony at the Discovery Sphere.
"We still race for two days but it includes all the other stuff."
Wide Bay finished fifth overall as Metropolitan East romped to victory.
Hervey Bay's Todd Baldwin and Lochie Armstrong qualified for nationals after they finished third in their events, while the relay team of Armstrong, Col Curry, and Toby Powers won gold on Saturday.
Curry is also a shadow athlete for Queensland's national squad, meaning an injury is all that stands between him and a national berth.
Harrington, who also coaches several athletes, said the relay win was a highlight.
"Toby and Col are in the younger half of the age groups so to see them win gold against these bigger, older guys made my day," Harrington said.
"We need to thank the community for their support, as well as the school.
"They let us work there and helped us out quite a bit."
The national championships will be held from April 18-21, while next year's state championships will run from February 23 to 25.