Kids Give Triathlon a Try



The Bass Coast Barracuda’s Triathlon Club have been providing inspiration to the local kids, to give the sport of triathlon a go. During term 4, the students at the Inverloch Primary School were given the opportunity to try the sport of Triathlon as part of the Active Afterschool Communities (AASC) Program. Almost 60 students took up this opportunity and they completed the 7 week program on the school grounds, using their bikes and other equipment to simulate a range of triathlon based activities.kidstri

The two coaches of the program, Michelle and Gabriella wanted to give the students the full triathlon experience and with the support from the AASC Regional Coordinator, Gene Parini they set about planning a junior triathlon event.

The event was held on the 6th December at the Broadbeach resort, with the facility management and gym operators from I Choose Awesome helping to make the event a great experience for all.

Students were broken down into two age groups and competed in small triathlon which involved swimming in the Indoor Pool, followed by a cycle a run leg within the grounds of the Broadbeach Resort. Gene said that “43 students participated and it was fantastic to see the smiles on the kid’s faces. We had all ages and abilities and you could see that they loved giving it a go”.kidstri2

The event was also supported by the local Triathlon club, the Bass Coast Barracuda’s. Club President Gavin Slavin assisted on the day and was impressed to see so many local young children trying the sport. The next local Triathlon is being held on December 29 at Cape Paterson and while you need to be over 14 to compete( 15 for long course or 14 for long course team member , 13 for short course team member ) the club welcomes all abilities to give it a try. Go to the club website

The Inverloch Primary School has been participating in the AASC program for a number of years and is a great supporter of the students getting involved in local club sport.

If you would like to know more about the sport of Triathlon please contact should contact Michelle Harris on E: T: 5674 6004 M: 0428 358 335.

Barracudas join the Healthy Sporting Environments Program

Congratulations to Bass Coast Triathlon Club

GippSport would like to congratulate the Bass Coast Triathlon Club as they have become an active participant of the VicHealth Healthy Sporting Environments Program.  The club is the first triathlon club in Gippsland to sign up to the state-wide program which looks at specific areas within the sporting club landscape with a focus on health benefits.

The program which is available to regional clubs across Victoria is limited to fifty in the whole of Gippsland. Club President, Gavin Slavin believes the program will provide a great framework for the club, ‘Our members are actively trying to improve their health by competing in the sport of triathlon. The Healthy Sporting Environments program will provide us with the information and support to provide a safe and healthy environment for the athletes in our club.  It will also help us to promote the sport to even more people in the local community”.

The six areas that the Triathlon Club will look to work on are responsible use of alcohol, UV protection, healthy eating, reducing tobacco use, inclusion for all and injury prevention and management.  ‘Our events are more than just places that promote physical activity – they’re also places where the community gathers and are ideal for promoting health and wellbeing in a social and relaxed environment,’  GippSport Program Coordinator Michelle Harris indicated.

The Bass Coast Barracuda’s are well known for providing three triathlon events in Bass Coast Shire each year, as well as the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and Keeping Kids on Track Fun run.  The club has recently been nominated for a VicHealth- Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for the work that they have been doing to promote participation in their events and for their strong links within the community.

The program is funded until June 2014 enabling clubs to move through the modules at a pace that suits their circumstances.  Clubs are starting to see real benefits from being involved in the HSE Program and any clubs interested in joining or getting more information should contact Michelle Harris on  E: T: 5674 6004 M: 0428 358 335.

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