CEO of Superior Group John Hogan talks this week about the purpose built structure for the recent iron man event on the Gold Coast and for the future events this will be used for. Made using our unique UMD modules the platform will then be wrapped in a special material to stop any injuries to the competitors in the event, it also features specifically located camera platforms for the media and a section for the swimmers to climb out of the water during the race.
The custom-designed pontoon, 65m x 3m, was built to the specific requirements of the International Triathlon Union, to suit its preferred, upgraded course, comprising a deepwater start instead of a standard beach start.
The event schedule included the Jewel ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast on Saturday 9 April and Jewel Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial on Sunday 10 April. Around 70 of the world’s top triathletes competed over the weekend, intent on securing their place on ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.
The pontoon was a built with a ramp for competitors to swim in, gain grip and exit the water. It comprises Superior’s proprietary quick-connect UMD system, joined together to form the 65m x 3m platform, complete with signage, POV cameras and space for media and officials.
Locally, it was a key event in the lead up to the 2018 WTS Grand Final and the 2018 Commonwealth Games, both of which will use this impressive pontoon as a key piece of equipment.
Feedback from the International Triathlon Series was that it was “a world’s best swim platform” and took the event to the “next level” in terms of challenge, format and broadcast coverage. Superior was proud to work closely with the ITS on this significant international project and deliver on time and to budget.
Superior CEO John Hogan attended the release of the Gold Coast City Council Business Development Strategy breakfast this morning along with Mayor Tom Tate and many local business owners to discuss the future of manufacturing in the region.