The Illawarra is home to the ‘Wollongong Wizards‘, a group of elite triathletes who have come together from across the globe to train and further their sporting career.

The Wollongong Wizards have their sights set on the Rio Olympics, and some of its triathletes are already on the Australian Olympic Team.

Triathletes Charlotte McShane and Jacob Birtwhistle said they are focused on producing some magic at the World Triathlete Series in Yokohama. A strong performance in Japan could provide the pair a wildcard entry to Rio.

The ‘Gong Wizards’ said they love to train at the North Wollongong Continental Baths and to swim in the surf.

Coach Jamie Turner said Wollongong is one of the best locations for the athletes to train:

“It’s so close to Sydney, so it’s easy for the athletes to fly in and out. Most the athletes compete overseas,” he said.