400 kids in TRYathlon challenge

Mayor of Derry, Colr Kevin Campbell  pictured with Paul Stanfield (Firmus) and Fiona Lafferty (NW Peace 3 Cluster) and local children and oganisers at the launch of the Firmus sponsored Tryathlon. (1705JB14)
Mayor of Derry, Colr Kevin Campbell pictured with Paul Stanfield (Firmus) and Fiona Lafferty (NW Peace 3 Cluster) and local children and oganisers at the launch of the Firmus sponsored Tryathlon. (1705JB14)
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UP to 400 children are lining up to take part in Derry’s first ever kids’ triathlon this summer.

On Saturday June 15, North West Triathlon Club will host the ‘firmus energy Kids TRYathlon’ at Templemore Sports Complex.

The event has been organised by NWTC as part of a week of events leading up to the City of Culture Firmus Energy Triathlon on June 23.

The Kids’ TRYathlon, is sponsored by firmus energy, Culture Company, North West Peace III Cluster funded by European Regional Development, Derry City Council and North West Triathlon Club which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013.

Derry City Council Community Health Manager and Race Director, Thomas McCallion, said the Kids Tryathlon promises to be the “stand out sporting event of the year”.

“June 15 will see up to 400 local children between the ages of 8-15 years participate in a series of triathlon events, including aquathon, duathlon and of course triathlon. The kids will participate in swimming, biking and running and many will complete their first triathlon.

“It will be a non-competitive event but one that is sure to showcase the attraction of the sport and what it has to offer. I am delighted that we have had the support of our principal sponsor firmus energy, North West Peace III Cluster, City of Culture and of course Derry City Council to help put on this event. I am really looking forward to all the action of the week and I wish North West Triathlon Club, celebrating its 30th anniversary, every success in all their events planned for 2013.”

Fiona Lafferty, Peace III Project Officer, said that the support of the EU programme would give an extra 200 children the opportunity to take part in the event. She added that the TRYathlon will allow the kids to experience “the many benefits of triathlon and sport in general, from making new friends, taking on new challenges and enjoying the social aspects of sport”.

“We are delighted to be associated with the event and we wish it every success,” she added.

Michael Scott, general manager for firmus energy, principal sponsor to the TRYthlon, added: “2013 is sure to be a special year for the North West Triathlon Club and we are delighted that we have been able to support not only this excellent kids’ event but the overall City of Culture Triathlon Programme. firmus energy is committed to giving back to the communities within which we work and this year a key focus is of ours is to power local talent.”

Launching the event, Derry’s Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell said he would “look forward to attending and watching our children completing their first TRYathlon”.