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Women's events set to sweep the state with FLNFT 4.0

Triathlon NSW is proud to announce the fourth round of grant recipients as part of their Finish Lines not Finish Times initiative. The TNSW program has been designed to assist our affiliated clubs reduce the barriers to participation and promote inclusive sport experiences for women and girls, thanks to the NSW Office of Sport Her Sport’s Her Sport Her Way Grant Program.

After a highly successful (albeit Covid-19 & weather interrupted) FLNFT season in 2021/22 that saw over 680 participants across 20 events, we expect this season of events to be our biggest yet. As such, we’re thrilled to be able to provide 21 clubs with funding to host women’s only events throughout 2022 and 2023.

Of particular note this season is the distribution of funding across our state, with the North Coast, New England, Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Southern Tablelands and Metropolitan Sydney regions all hosting FLNFT training sessions and events.

 

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 Triathlon NSW CEO Adam Wicks highlighted the importance of programs like FLNFT to the growth of the sport, as well as the key role that club members play in their success.

“We (TNSW) exist to support local clubs with programs and strategies to engage with their local community & encourage participation and the Finish Lines not Finish Times program is a key part of that – 51.3% of participants last year were first timers and with no restrictions this year, we look forward to welcoming faces new and old back into our club events.”

“Thanks to the NSW Office of Sport, we’re able to provide much needed financial support to our clubs, but it’s the (club) volunteers who go on and create, promote and deliver these events in such fun & encouraging environments”.


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Photo: Dubbo Triathlon Club FLNFT event S21/22

Of particular note this season is the distribution of funding across our state, with the North Coast, New England, Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Southern Tablelands and Metropolitan Sydney regions all hosting FLNFT training sessions and events as a result.

Dubbo Triathlon Club President Jason Dearmer said they’re excited to receive funding for a women’s event, especially given the clubs location.

Dubbo Hippos Triathlon Club are very excited to be recipients of the FLNFT grant. As a regional club that services triathlon participants from Narromine, Wellington, Warren, and Gilgandra, we are excited to be able to utilise the funds for engaging ladies new to Triathlons and to provide a fun, supportive and engaging training & racing environment”.


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Photo: Balance Triathlon Club FLNFT event S21/22

 

After facing a longer than expected period of strict covid-19 restrictions, the Metropolitan Sydney area will see 8 women’s only events from October 2022 through to April 2023. Principally based in the Inner West, Balance Tri Club will host their third consecutive FLNFT event early next year.

“Balance Tri Club is extremely grateful to be provided the opportunity to run its third consecutive female Aquathlon thanks to Tri NSW. At Balance the celebrations don’t stop at the finish line, and we love being a club that’s fosters keeping the balance in life and supporting our members in their triathlon adventures,” said Balance's Shelley Casey.

The NSW North Coast will see four specialty women's events this season with Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Clarence Valley and Byron Bay all hosting FLNFT events and / or training sessions. The later (Byron Tri Club) kicks off their program in SEPTEMBER after floods caused havoc on the region, and forced their 2021/22 event to be pushed back.

Coffs Harbour's Jen Booth said the TNSW funding allows their club to not only advertise the event, but provide more to their participants beyond the finish line.

"CHTC are very excited to be granted funding to host a 2022/23 FLNFT Ladies Race Day. It enables us to advertise our event widely, offer prizes and gift bags to participants and provide a delicious breakfast after our event. The event is a great way to show off the sport in our community and encourage a safe, friendly, and fun event for ladies becoming more involved in triathlon and considering joining our club".

Further information for each of the 21 events (including registration processes) will be released in due course.

Triathlon NSW would like to thank all clubs for their applications along with the Triathlon NSW Board, and the NSW Office of Sport for their continued support.

Congratulations to the 21 clubs who have received funding for FLNFT training sessions and events in S22/23;

Armidale Triathlon Club Balance Triathlon Club
Balmoral Triathlon Club  Bondi Running and Triathlon Club (BRAT) 
Byron Triathlon Club  Central Coast Triathlon Club 
Clarence Valley Triathlon Club  Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club 
Coogee Triathlon Club  Cronulla Triathlon Club
Dubbo Triathlon Club  Hills Triathlon Club 
Moore Performance Triathlon Club  Newcastle Triathlon Club 
Orange Triathlon Club  Port Macquarie Triathlon Club 
Scone Triathlon Club  Singleton Triathlon Club 
Tomaree Triathlon Club Warringah Triathlon Club 
Yass Valley Triathlon Club   

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