Chelmsford Triathlon Club – Discovery Junior Event

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Why try one sport when you can give three a go?

Chelmsford Tri Club are hosting their 7th Discovery junior event at Writtle University College giving 7 – 17 year olds the opportunity to enter a junior triathlon and experience open water swimming, as well as refining their skills cycling on tarmac.

The Chelmsford Tri Club was set up in 2019 after a merge between Infinity Tri Club and Discovery Triathlon Club. The initial set up of Discovery Triathlon Club in 2006 is an inspiring story of parents and children coming due to a shared love of sport. These parents and children would pass each other on their cycling route around Braintree and eventually stopped pedalling long enough to discover that they had a common interest in all things sport, not just cycling in but in swimming and running too.

The Discovery junior event taking place on 9th July has been expertly designed to be as similar as possible to adult triathlons which gives these young athletes the chance to understand how tough but fun these events can be. An important factor for the club is that they are offering a safe environment for young people who love sport. They aim to continue their current success and expand the event which they have taken strides to achieve this year by adding a 16- and 17- year old category which offers more participants the opportunity to compete in this unique triathlon. Now even with wooden medals and trophies made by their own member, Dan.

The club had stressed how grateful they are to their sponsors as the event could not run without funding from local businesses and other sources.

Being awarded best eastern region Tri Junior event by British Triathlon is huge for a local club like this and is clear evidence of not only their hard work but also their continuing success.

Club Chairman Matt Knight said;

“This event has taken a lot of hard work from a dedicated team over the last few years in order to put together an event which we feel allows young triathletes to experience a triathlon in great surroundings and in a safe environment. We have worked hard to make this event as ‘green’ as possible, now even with homemade wooden medals and trophies. Our event is second to none and this award from British Triathlon only backs this up.”

Encouraging young people to try new sports and compete is a great way to engage them in physical activity which can help both their body and minds. Sport such as this can be an amazing tool in their development.

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