A record 150 schools will be represented in the 2017 Schools Triathlon Challenge, as the event celebrates 10 years of active fun for a great cause.
Former Schools Triathlon competitors, Olympic cyclist Scott Bowden and World Junior Cycling Championship bronze medallist Maddie Fasnacht launched the event at Bellerive Beach today, and will join around 5,300 young triathletes later this month.
The event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2008, and has grown to become Tasmania’s premier annual physical challenge for school aged children.
Following the 2017 event, over 37,000 Tasmanian children will have crossed the finish line over the span of the challenge.
Northern Tasmanian schools will be first in the water on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 November at Devonport Bluff, and southern Tasmanian schools will line up on the sand at Bellerive Beach on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December.
Schools Triathlon Challenge organiser Tim Smith said he was ecstatic to see the event’s continued success.
“It’s great to see how many schools and children are now stepping out of their comfort zone and taking up the challenge,” Mr Smith said.
“The event’s philosophy is to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and to provide a pathway for students to become engaged in physical activity.”
Along with setting themselves up for a future of fitness, participants will also be raising funds for Diabetes Tasmania, a partner of the Schools Triathlon Challenge for the last five years.
Diabetes Tasmania CEO Caroline Wells said it’s never too early to practice good habits of healthy eating and active lifestyles.
“We are always looking for ways to encourage young people to engage in healthy living, and getting the message out there to children at such a crucial age is vital in helping them to establish good habits,” Ms Wells said.
“Reducing your risk of health problems in the future is more than eating healthily, you need to get out there and get active, and it’s never too early to start.”
Schools Triathlon Challenge organiser Tim Smith