Pupils take on triathlon challenge
Published Friday, 28 September 2012
Hundreds of school pupils from across the Clydesdale area have taken part in a Triathlon event.
More than 450 8-11year-olds headed to Lanark Lifestyles to take on the three disciplines of cycling, swimming and running with friends and teachers on hand to cheer them on.
And to encourage them to continue with sport and enjoy taking part in future triathlons organised by their local sports clubs, every primary school pupil was awarded a t-shirt and goody bag.
The event was arranged as a follow up from the fantastic Olympics this year and to promote awareness and interest in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow in 2014.
The event, which was funded by Sport Scotland, and organized by South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture (SLL&C) had additional support from senior pupils from Lanark Grammar sports development, the Active Schools Team, Lanark Lifestyles and the Lanark Triathlon Club.
Councillor Hamish Stewart, the chair of the Board of SLL&C, said: "It's great to see so many children enjoying themselves and discovering how much fun a triathlon can be.
"A lot of them will have watched Ali and Johnny Brownlee win gold and bronze medals in the London Olympics and they can now say that they have completed a Triathlon themselves.
"Its hard work but a very rewarding sport and hopefully some of the children today will have picked up the triathlon bug."
And Gerry Campbell, the General Manager of SLL&C, added: "The triathlon gave us another opportunity to encourage our young people into the sport of Triathlon, the fastest growing participation sport in the UK.
"It gave our young primary school pupils a fantastic chance to engage in what was a medal winning sport for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics."