Wicklow Tri Club had one girl and 4 boys participate in the kids’ aquathon at the National Aquatic Centre on May 18th. It was a well organised event and I think all the kids worked really hard. I thought the calibre of young athletes to be quite strong so we were up against a tough crowd.
We arrived early to beat the crowds, picking up our race number, swim hat and goodie bag and then met up with the other members. The swim took place in the diving pool (25m) at the grand NAC, with about 6 children in each swim lane. It was a group start, with the youngest going out first at 11am. Once the swim was complete, transition took place at the poolside and the kids then ran out the back door to a field adjacent to the pool. It was an undulating field and the kids looked to be digging deep in the grass. There were some superb sprint finishes too.
Once all waves were finished, it was time for the prize giving. We had one member in the 8-9 years wave win (2nd girl). One of our boys in the 10-11 wave was just pipped for podium, finishing as 4th boy across the line. There was a man making balloon animals and a lady doing face-painting while we waited to keep the little ones entertained.
Just remember fellow juniors, that even though you may not get podium, you tried your best, you learnt some valuable lessons and you had fun.
All in all, a good day I think! Well done to our members in blue-you all did a super job. Keep up the good work.
Heidi Sheehy (WTC Junior Committee)
Race Report from Cormac Flavin
“On Sunday 18th May I took part in the 3D Tri kids aquathon in the NAC. Before the race started it was very nerve wracking and I kept telling myself to calm down. I was in wave 2 lane 5. There were six people in my lane. I pushed off to a good start and at the end if the 250 meter swim I was second out of my lane. I ran to transition at the side of the pool put my top on first then my trainers. I ran out towards the run track and did two laps. I came home in 4th place which I was delighted with”.