YMCA backs triathlon club

Bundaberg YMCA has helped get the ball rolling for the newly formed Bargara Triathlon Club by signing on as its first sponsor.

Bundaberg YMCA CEO Ian Rowan said the organisation was not usually in the business of making financial donations to clubs, but had decided to make an exception with a $1000 contribution.

“The club is working hard to address a lack of triathlon events in the region and we want to show our support,” he said.

“We support anything that promotes health and fitness and we think this club will have an enormous benefit for the region.”

The money will be used to help cover insurance costs of the Bargara Triathlon Club’s inaugural three-event series.

The series will begin with an aquathon in October and continue next year with a triathlon and duathon.

 “For any club to get up and running is pretty tough. You do need some financial support and we’re glad we’ve been able to provide it,” Rowan said.

Rowan said the series had created a stir of excitement through the YMCA gym with fitness fanatics eager to put their bodies to the test.

“The thing with events of this nature is that they require a number of different skill sets and require an almost unrivalled level of endurance,” he said.

“It’s an interesting challenge for any athlete and I think it will prove to be well-supported.”

With similar events in neighbouring regions attracting hundreds of competitors, Rowan said it would be a significant economic boost for the region.

“These events bring in large numbers of people and those people support our local businesses,” he said.

“It’s not just triathletes who are going to benefit from this.”

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