Saturday 5th May saw GO TRI come to Grangetown. In partnership with the Grange Youth Forum and BME Sport Cymru project.
Over 50 children and young people took part in a duathlon held at the Grange Pavilion. The route saw participants cycle through the park and run on the all-weather pitch. In the week leading up to the event participants took part in Welsh Cycling Go Ride sessions which saw them learn skills which would prepare them for the GO TRI event. In its adaptable nature and as requested by participants, the GO TRI took place as a bike/run/bike as opposed to a traditional duathlon.
While for many it was their first triathlon related multi-sport event, several participants put themselves to the challenge of completing the course. Not only did the event provide participants with the opportunity to take part, it also gave the opportunity for participants to gain new skills and discover triathlon and what it has to offer. The GO TRI provided the perfect opportunity for first time participants to enjoy the sport and left all with smiles. Everyone who participated in the event should be proud of their efforts.
The weather on the day could not have been better, with clear and sunny skies. As participants arrived they were registered and informed on what wave they would be racing in. Before the race, participants were briefed on the route and the Do’s and Don’ts of triathlon. Ali Abdi had this to say about the event and GO TRI opportunities, “It was great to involve children and young people in GO TRI. It was very well received by everyone including the local schools and families. We certainly want to do it again and look forward to working with Steph at Welsh Triathlon in putting on more GO TRI events with a view to develop our talented youth and potentially the next star of triathlon”
Volunteers were also recruited from the community to help support the event. Thank you to all volunteers at the event for your hard work in ensuring that the event was a success.
Fateha Ahmed, BME Sport Cymru Officer had this to say about the GO TRI and the impact of the event:
“Welsh Triathlon, Race Equality First and other partners have provided this amazing opportunity for the diverse community. GO TRI was brought into the community and was accessed by all without any barriers. The community definitely would benefit from more events like this. Some children have never ridden a bike before or had chance to take part in triathlon. This Go-Tri event gave the participants a chance to showcase their talent and be inspired to take up further activity like this. Go-Tri also allowed an opportunity to overcome inequality in sport and created community cohesion and integration into welsh society- Active Cardiff, Active Society”
Thank you to the Grangetown Youth Forum, in partnership with Cardiff University and the BME Sport Cymru Project through Race Equality First for supporting the event. In addition to this a massive thank you to Cardiff International White Water for lending bicycles for the event. The Grangetown pavilion will play host to more GO TRI events which will be held throughout the summer.