Triathletes events take off in region
IT is official. The Central Highlands has a new triathlon club in its midst which is pedalling for new members.
With sporting clubs the region over struggling for support, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a new venture emerge and challenge the existing sporting codes.
They’ve got the colours – red, black and white. They’ve got the committee, they’ve even got a facebook page.
All that’s missing now are a few more bright-eyed faces keen to test their endurance in and arousnd the Central Highlands.
“I guess that means we’re street-legal now,” an enthusiastic, newly appointed club president Craig Johnson said.
The litmus test was the club’s first triathlon and duathlon held earlier this year in Emerald. With promising participation numbers and positive feedback, the stage was set to lift the bar, incorporate the club and make it official.
Johnson said the formal accreditation with state and national triathlon bodies was necessary to ensure the club had proper access to the funding and representation available.
It was hoped as the weather warmed and the club developed, more events would be staged at locations around the region.
To accommodate this, the triathlon club is looking into sponsorship and the purchasing of a trailer to truck its equipment around.
“We’ve got most of the preliminary stuff out of the way, now it’s a matter of looking into grants to get the club off the ground,” Johnson said.
Tentative annual membership figures have been set at around $60 for adults and $100 for a family, with funds entitling members to discounted race fees and ensuring the triathlon club’s long-term survival.
Other entitlements are expected to be announced at a later stage.
In the meantime, it’s all systems go for the club’s next duathlon (run-ride-run) on Sunday, September 11. It is also pursuing the prospect of running a junior course for the first time as well as two distances for adults.