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IRC Qualification race 2018

Tristar IRC Qualifier / Gemau Cymru

7th July 2018 - Bala

IRC qualifying race which doubles up as Urdd’s Gemau Cymru.

The event is open for all children confident to swim in open water, aged 9-14 (Tristar1, Tristar 2 and Tristar 3).  To compete in Welsh Triathlon’s Tristar Series, you will need to be a member of Welsh Triathlon…you can Join Here.

With regards to the IRC, athletes will need to have completed three stages within the TRISTAR SERIES prior to this stage, to qualify for the British Under 20s Festival, held at Mallory Park on the weekend of Sept 15-16th2018. The top two finishers eligible to qualify will make the Mallory squad, with the third member to be selected by Welsh Triathlon's Performance Team. The selection criteria can be found here.

Gemau Cymru is a bilingual multi-sport event for young athletes in the Welsh sporting calendar organised and delivered by the URDD in partnership with other NGBs.  Gemau Cymru is the only event in Wales that offers a platform for the best Welsh youth athletes to compete against each other within one event.   Triathlon is one of 11 sports that have confirmed their involvement in Gemau Cymru for 2018.  

Since the games began in 2011 Welsh Triathlon has been an integral partner and the triathlon competition has grown year on year.  Welsh Triathlon is delighted that this year the event has moved North to Bala.

Gemau Cymru is also happy that Swim Wales will again be working in partnership with Welsh Triathlon confirming two swimming competitions to this year’s line: the swimming gala in Cardiff and a new open water race introduced at Bala.  This ensures a full weekend of competitive competitions across Wales.  It also cements Bala as the perfect venue to hold water element sport events.

 Further information and schedule can be found at 


How to Enter

To enter the IRC Qualifier / Gemau Cymru, please click here

Registration is open from 10:00am and will close at approximately 1:30pm, with the first wave commencing at 2:30pm. All participants will be required to attend a compulsory safety briefing at 1:40pm.

The races will be completed by approximately 5:30pm with presentations at approximately 6:00pm.


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