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Increasing participation in multisport

As part of our Community Sports Link Partnership with Wests Tigers NRL Club, Triathlon NSW recently held a Fan Engagement Zone at the beyondblue match between Wests Tigers and the Rabbitohs.

 The Zone was set up with help with adult and kids bikes from our partner Park Bikes at Olympic park and challenged participants to achieve a top cycling speed over 20 seconds. This targeted a diverse range of fans attending the game. In collaboration with beyondblue,  the messaging around the Zone aimed to raise public awareness of the positive effect that active participation in sport can play on an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing, and that it is an inclusive sport in which anyone can have a go.

In conjunction with the Fan Engagement Zone, Triathlon NSW and Wests Tigers also ran a Instagram campaign where WestsTigers Members could use #WestsTigersTri and take a selfie of themselves doing sport, and explain how it makes them feel. The winner, Thomas Barca, received an entry into the Sydney Duathlon kindly donated by Elite Energy. 

Thomas has never competed in a multisport event before but was keen to give it a go!

Thomas tells us a bit about his experience below:

Where was the photo taken?

 It was done at Gumnut Park Cherrybrook while I was working out with my personal trainer

Have you done any previous physical activity?

I train three-five times a week doing multiple activities, such as swimming, endurance racing and cycling

How does sport make you feel?

I do sport because I enjoy it, I get a great burn after training, and I feel a lot better with my personal self-worth and my forward thinking

Have you done multisport before?

I haven’t done a multisport event before I have done endurance racing before but never a multisport event, I have had some interest for quite a while.

What distance did you do in the Sydney Olympic Park Duathlon?

I did the enticer event

How did participating make you feel?

Well at the start I was quite nervous during the race I felt I want to do this to prove something to myself own self-doubts and after I felt exhausted and couldn’t walk properly!

Where to now?

I am considering joining the Hills Triathlon Club and also I will be doing the coastal classic in September, which is a 23km endurance race from Otford to Bundeena, so I am in training for that.

The winning photo

Thomas Barca Wests Tigers

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