With just under 11 weeks to go till the 2020 TNSW Club Champs and in light of the recent changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, Triathlon NSW and our race Director Partner, Elite Energy, felt it is timely to provide an update to all members on the status of the 2020 NSW Club Championships, scheduled for September 19th at Main Beach, Forster.
At this stage, we remain cautiously optimistic that it can go ahead on the scheduled weekend. We will of course, continue to monitor the NSW Health Guidelines and other relevant legislation, which pertains to the event.
We recognise, and hope our membership understands, that it may be a different Club Champs to what we are used to. The prospect of an after party with over 1,000 athletes and supporters gathering together in a single auditorium remains unlikely, and our Race Director may be required to alter the timing to accommodate all those who wish to race. We thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and commitment the sport. What will not change is the overarching concept - representing your club and having a fun race weekend away with your friends and family (all the while maintaining social distance and hygiene).
The CEO of Elite Energy, Mark ‘Emo’ Emerton stated “This crazy thing they call COVID-19 has certainly rocked so many on so many levels. Organising events like Club Championships requires months of pre-planning and prior organisation. In the current climate, with laws and NSW Health guidelines changing weekly, this makes it particularly difficult. We ask that you show patience and support, as our shared goal remains the same - to deliver this and all our events for season 2020/2021 and into the future. Seeing you all in Forster for Club Champs will be the first step in the process of rebounding”
Like all community triathlon racing in NSW right now, the Club Champs– will be required to follow the Triathlon Australia COVID-19 Smart Racing Guide, which includes the implementation of certain hygiene protocols and social distancing that are different to ‘normal’ racing.
We are also mindful and aware that our clubs have rescheduled or reorganised club accommodation and risked financial resources to secure those bookings. We will continue to provide timely updates as regularly as possible to ensure clubs receive as much notice about any changes to the event status.
Over the next few weeks, we will closely monitor the NSW Health guidelines, conduct meetings with Mid Coast Council and aim to provide further updates before the end of July.