Walkers’ Guernsey is supporting the next generation of Guernsey triathletes with new kit for the 40 youngsters aged between six and 15 taking up the sport in a new club.
Sponsorship provided by the firm has helped subsidise the cost of triathlon suits, swim caps and tracksuit tops for the young athletes in the newly formed Guernsey Tribe Juniors club.
The club’s training sessions run in line with school terms throughout the year.
Sam Shires, a partner at Walkers and also a keen triathlete, said that the firm was pleased to get behind the increasingly popular sport.
Sam said: “We’re delighted to get behind the Tribe – Guernsey is just such a perfect place to get into the sport of triathlon, and the younger that people get involved, the better.
“There is an element of competition in triathlon, but it’s mainly about competition with yourself and constantly trying to improve in a supportive environment. You also learn the importance of self-discipline and being well organised.
“It’s great to be able to help the junior side of the sport – we hope that they continue to expand, and we look forward to continuing our support as the Tribe continues to get more and more popular!”
And Walkers’ donation has been welcomed by Laura Fry, Director of Try a Tri Guernsey, and Head Coach of the Guernsey Tribe Juniors team.
She said: “As part of Try A Tri Guernsey’s wider mission to make triathlon more inclusive for all ages, having the support from Walkers for Tribe Juniors has meant that we’ve been able to create a real sense of identity for the club without creating financial barriers for parents. We love seeing kids of all ages and abilities wearing their club kit around the Island and to all of the Tribe Juniors sessions and know they really feel part of something unique.”
The club, formed in January 2019, is currently fully subscribed but is hoping to offer more spaces to children aged six to 15 once more volunteer support has been recruited. In the meantime, anyone interested is urged to join the Club’s mini duathlon events taking place this November and can find all information on Tribe Juniors Facebook page @GuernseyTribeJuniors