Camden has hosted many major sporting events and now it can add a new one to the list.
The Sanitarium Weetbix Kids TRYathlon will be held in Camden for the next three years.
The non-competitive event for children aged seven to 15 follows the traditional triathlon format of a swimming leg, a bike ride and finally a run.
The TRYathlon is traditionally held in major cities including Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak announced the council had secured the event at last night’s council meeting.
“I am pleased to advise that Sanitarium have accepted a proposal by Camden Council to enter into a three-year partnership agreement, commencing in 2019, to host the [event] at Onslow Oval and Camden War Memorial Pool,” she said.
“It is anticipated that up to 2000 children will participate in the TRYathlon.”
Cr Symkowiak said a health and fitness expo would be held in conjunction with the event to promote local sporting clubs, community groups and fitness providers.
“I believe this event will be of great interest to Camden residents as well as those in the wider Macarthur area, which in return will provide greater economic, health and social benefits to the Camden town centre and the broader Camden area,” she said.
“There is nothing else like this in the region.
“I think the kids will have a fantastic time and hopefully it will benefit the town centre as well.”
The TRYathlon aims to promote good self-esteem as well as an active and healthy lifestyle.
Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace.
Children aged seven to 10 will be asked to do a 75-metre swim, a three-kilometre bike ride and a 500-metre run while 11 to 15 year olds will be required to do a 150-metre swim, a six-kilometre bike ride and a one-kilometre run.
Councillor Peter Sidgreaves said the TRYathlon was a great initiative.
“I think the fact that Camden Council has secured this for the next three years is a fantastic effort,” he said.
“It will promote a healthy lifestyle for kids and have great flow-on effects for local sporting clubs and the Camden community.”
Councillor Cindy Cagney said she was looking forward to the event.
“I think it’s great that we can offer something different compared to the mainstream sports,” she said.
“I look forward to seeing how it goes.”
The TRYathlon is not timed and no placings are given out – instead all children are given medals and certificates upon completion of the event.
For more information, visit: tryathlon.com.au.