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Thousands of Excited Students Participate in the 2015 Schools Triathlon Challenge

Nov 20, 2015

The Schools Triathlon Challenge hit a record high this year with over 3,400 children attending the event. 

Across the state 130 schools took part in the eighth annual challenge. The southern Tasmanian schools lined up at the start line on Bellerive Beach on the 19th and 20th November.  Andrew and Olivia from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys attended the event to cheer on the students.

"It was heart-warming seeing the students cheer and hi five the kids as they made their way to the finish line. Whether they were from their school or not, there was always a cheer." They said.

Pennicott Foundation Founder Rob Pennicott said that he is proud to be able to support an event which promotes healthy and active lifestyles for students in an environment which is fun and inclusive. 

"Outside of competitive sport, Tasmania is well placed to offer Tasmanians with an amazing range of physically active lifestyle choices right here in their own backyards," Mr Pennicott said.

Premier Will Hodgman officially opened the event, getting into the spirit and joining thousands of energetic kids in a pre-challenge warm up.

Like all triathlons the students participate in a swim, cycle and run leg, with courses ranging from 3km to 13km. The event is suitable for all fitness levels and everyone from grades 3 to 12 are encouraged to give it a go!

Diabetes Tasmania, Marketing and Events coordinator Ange Headlam said the event provides a supportive environment for kids to get out and do their best and not have to worry about winning or competition.