One of the UK’s largest youth triathlons once more attracted record numbers of participants proving that, given the chance, young people will embrace even the most challenging of sporting activities. On Sunday 29th June some 400 girls and boys aged 6-19 competed in the Trinity Triathlon, Croydon, South London. Over 100 volunteers from both the School community and Crystal Palace Triathlon Club, supported by local police, were present to ensure that this year’s triathlon was another big success. Friends and family turned up in force to watch the event. There were six age groups and the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed, presented trophies to the top three boys and girls in each.
Rob Brookman from Trinity School, Event Director, said: “It was a fantastic day! Congratulations to all the young people who took part in the Trinity Triathlon, in particular to those for whom it was their first such event. Their determination and enthusiasm are inspiring for all of us and this is what this Olympic legacy event is all about. We are very grateful to all our volunteers and to TFL for allowing the closure of Addiscombe Road for the cycling.”
Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the British Olympic Association and Legacy Ambassador for the Games sent this message to the event organisers and competitors: “Congratulations to Trinity School and Crystal Palace Triathlon Club for building this great Olympic legacy event which is being enjoyed by so many of you. Your hard work and determination make you role models not only among your peers but for all other generations as well.”
Now in its fourth year, Trinity Triathlon was created by Trinity School in the run up to the London Olympics in a bid to demonstrate the legacy role of the Games in getting more of Britain’s young people involved in sport. Trinity secures closure permission from Transport for London (TFL) for over one mile of the Addiscombe Road, creating ideal cycling conditions for participants and drawing entrants from a large area of the country.