Bass Coast BarracudasThe 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.

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”.

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 16 to compete, the club welcomes all abilities to give it a try.  Go to the club website www.basscoasttri.com.au.

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: michelle@gippsport.com.au T: 5674 6004 M: 0428 358 335.