Wanaka’s first Triathlon club: TRIWANAKA
As the latest addition to our local sporting community TriWanaka aims to bring more kids into the sport, increase adult participation and make triathlon a safe and fun activity for all in the Upper Clutha District.
Within our special community we have many people of all ages that thrive on remaining healthy and active, and maintaining their connection to the spectacular natural environment we live in. For many years a special event unites a large proportion of the locals to achieve just that – Challenge Wanaka. In many ways it has contributed to the ever-growing love of swim, bike and run for all ages in our town. This dedicated passion for the sport has also seen several athletes within our community rise to the pinnacle of the sport on a global level. Perhaps the most intriguing and exciting love of the sport has actually come from our juniors.
Puzzling World Junior Challenge
The Puzzling World Junior Challenge has opened the doors for all local kids to participate every year in a fun and friendly atmosphere and they keep coming back. “We can all see how much pride, empowerment and gusto goes into each and every child’s efforts to be involved and to challenge themselves on race day. It’s a pleasure to watch and a privilege to be involved in providing a platform where kids can enjoy the sport too.” Sally Currie – Event Manager Puzzling World Junior Triathlon.
Seeing this sport, grow and thrive away the way it has, created the impetus for a dedicated team to bind together and create Wanaka’s first Triathlon club; TriWanaka. TriWanaka’s vision is to provide a central hub for the Wanaka community, where all ages can come together and enjoy the sport of triathlon in its many forms in a fun, inclusive environment. The club will aim to support and provide the platform for accessible regular community events, where everyone is welcomed including and especially the kids. The club will offer a summer schedule of weekly events on a Friday evening, that will vary in distance and discipline. Before each event, the club will invite special guests to offer workshops in various areas relevant to triathlon, swim, bike and run and allow its community of members to learn, progress and thrive in the sport they love. TriWanaka will also create a central hub of information relating to local events and affiliate with many of these amazing local events, to allow TriWanaka members to enjoy the challenge of competition at special members prices and enjoy the experience of competing together with other members.
Like all clubs, all money raised will be put back into the club. All organisational systems will be operated at the highest level and the club will open its doors to allow any other new or pre-existing club in NZ to use any or all of the clubs intellectual property. The club’s vision is to improve the opportunities for community triathlon at club level. The united committee of TriWanaka want to see Triathlon thrive again nationally and believe that it is a sport that offers an empowering environment for all ages.