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Last week to register for the inaugural Australian Schools Triathlon Festival!

 

This is your last week to register for the inaugural Australian Schools Triathlon Festival, with registrations set to close this Sunday the 16th of April.

The Australian Schools Triathlon Festival is new multi-sport initiative presented jointly by School Sport Australia and Triathlon Australia scheduled for 18-21 April 2017 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, NSW.

“The Australian Schools Triathlon Festival is an outstanding opportunity for secondary school students from all over Australia to be part of this exciting new national multi-sport festival aimed specially at students,” Triathlon NSW CE0 Phil Dally said.

In order to cater for all student capabilities and aspirations, Triathlon Australia and School Sport Australia has created a multi-tiered events program.

“With the combination of the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships and the inclusion of participation Triathlon, School Relay and Aquathlon events into the Australian Schools Triathlon Festival it opens up a whole new opportunity for students to participate in this dynamic sport on a variety of levels regardless of their experience or skill level,” Dally said.

The Australian Schools Triathlon Festival has two categories; the existing School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships and the new Australian Open Schools Triathlon. These two events encompass 5 events in total; 2 for the School Sport Australia Championships and 3 for the Australian Open Schools Triathlon.

For students to compete in the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships they must be selected into their respective state school sport representative teams. Selection into state school sport teams qualifies the students to race in the prestigious School Sport Australia Triathlon Championship Titles.

The new Australian Open Schools Triathlon however allows any student to register and compete. The three events on offer at the Australian Open Schools Triathlon are as follows:

  • Australian Open Schools AQUATHLON Championships (Swim/Run) Date: 3:00pm, Wednesday 19th of April. Cost: $30
  • Australian Open School Triathlon (Non-Drafting) Date: 2:00pm, Thursday 20th of April. Cost: $95.
  • Australian Open School Triathlon Relay Championships (Non-Drafting) Date: 11:00am, Friday 21st of April. Cost: $95. Details: 1 swimmer / 1 cyclist / 1 runner per school team.

It is important to note that School Sport and Triathlon Australia welcome and encourage participation in the Australian Open Schools Triathlon events by all students with a disability.  There will be a separate wave start to accommodate these athletes.

CLICK HERE to register for the Australian Open Schools Triathlon!

CLICK HERE for more information on the Australian Schools Triathlon Festival!

Whilst Triathlon NSW’s Athlete and Coach Pathway Manager Mick Delamotte is a massive fan of the Australian Open Schools Triathlon as an introductory tool to the sport of triathlon, he also believes it will serve as a means talent identification for his future development squads.

“The best form of Talent Identification is inclusion & whilst some of our brightest talents will compete in the championship event, the Open Schools event will also be a great Talent ID avenue,” Delamotte said.

“There has been many an elite professional athlete that has missed competing in the Championship event in the past and has then had no further opportunity to participate in an Open School event at this time of the season.

“One of NSW' own, Olympian Brendan Sexton, is a great example. We have many talented swimmers & runners that are not yet strong enough or skilled enough on the bike to compete in a triathlon, but they have an opportunity to participate and show their talent in this racing opportunity as well (aquathlon).

“Apart from the Talent ID avenue, the open participation nature allows for any level of athlete to race & I would see this as a great opportunity for a student to bring a friend from school to participate in the event with them. 

I would also urge any athlete that missed the cut for the Championship event to persist with their dream and passion. Go and race the Open event, apart from simply being a fun race, scouts will be out watching!

CLICK HERE to register for the Australian Open Schools Triathlon!

CLICK HERE for more information on the Australian Schools Triathlon Festival!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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