Straddie Salute triathlon returns with new medal design by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins

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The iconic Straddie Salute triathlon is back next month, with a new medal design capturing the island's unique spirit.

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Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, the artist behind the medals for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, designed the Straddie Salute race medals which feature the iconic whale tale.

Ms Cockatoo-Collins, whose Games design was inspired by Migaloo, the famous white whale, said it was a proud moment knowing her Pulan to Mulgumpin artwork was on the medals for the iconic triathlon.

"The original artwork includes the Mooloomba [Point Lookout] coastline where the triathletes will be competing," she said.

"It's a wonderful connection to make for the 2021 Straddie Salute and its athletes."

Event director Steve Guise said organisers were thrilled to be working with Ms Cockatoo-Collins on this year's event.

"We are very grateful to Delvene for allowing us to use one of her designs for our medals this year," he said.

"The Pulan to Mulgumpin design is a beautiful design and we know that our competitors will treasure the special significance of the medals."

The Straddie Salute is expected to attract close to 1000 competitors to the island this May, and is hoped to give a boost to local businesses hit hard by COVID-19.

The Straddie Salute festival will be held on May 15.

Among the competitors in the 2019 race were ex-rugby league and union star Mat Rogers, Olympian Susie O'Neill, Bondi Rescue's Andrew "Reidy" Reid, former Wallabies player Mark Chisholm, Supercar driver Tim Slade, big wave surfer Clint Kimmins and Nova radio hosts Ash, Kip & Luttsy.

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