Children's triathlon a fun programme

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2013
Martin Mackereth
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MORE SPORTS: Gore Multisports Complex swim school co-ordinator Martin Mackereth and holiday programme co-ordinator Henry Dickey are keen to get more children involved with triathlon in Gore.

Martin Mackereth
TERRI RUSSELL/Fairfax NZ
MORE SPORTS: Gore Multisports Complex swim school co-ordinator Martin Mackereth and holiday programme co-ordinator Henry Dickey are keen to get more children involved with triathlon in Gore.

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More sport activities are being offered to Southland children as the Gore Multisports Complex prepares to host its first triathlon today.

The triathlon follows a successful pilot programme, Tri Group, run last year.

Gore Multisports Complex swim school co-ordinator Martin Mackereth said he introduced the Kids Tri programme in Gore last year because triathlon was becoming more popular.

It was fun, gave children more sporting options, and taught skills including how to transition between the three activities of swimming, running, and cycling, he said.

The trial was very successful, attracting more than 15 children between seven and 13 years, Mr Mackereth said.

Bookings are open for this year's Kids Tri programme.

Gore Multisports Complex holiday programme co-ordinator Henry Dickey said the triathlon was an introductory course for children aged seven and up.

Participants would be encouraged to take breaks if they needed to, and go distances that best suited them, he said.

"It's all about having a go rather than a competition.

"We want kids to mark it in their calendar every January school holidays," he said.

The track includes a 25m-250m swim, bike ride between two and 10 kilometres and run at Newman Park of up to five kilometres.

The event is a joint initiative between the Gore Multisports Complex and Sports Southland.

Registrations cost $12 per person, or $33 for a team. They are open until 10am today, when the triathlon starts at the Gore Multisports Complex.

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