‘The triathlon trust is the official charity of British Triathlon, using the sport of triathlon to inspire children to lead active and health lifestyles. We work across the UK to bring a fun and inclusive experience of multi-sport to children and families who might otherwise not have the opportunity. We use a combination of swimming, biking, running, rowing, scooting and jumping to get kids active both indoors and outdoors.
The Dumfries and Galloway project was launched in 2015 by the trust to inspire young people in the region to try new sports, engage in regular activity and to have an increased understanding about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We also engage the local communities by providing volunteering and training opportunities. The project kick started with a week of mass participation mini triathlon events across the region followed by the appointment of a local coordinator – Rebecca Bryson.
Rebecca organises after school clubs, in school taster sessions, family activity days, holiday camps, races and coach training days. The project has grown to now cover areas in Wigtownshire, Annandale and Eskdale, Upper Nithsdale and the Stewartry. As well as steadily raising the profile of the sport in the region the project is having a proven positive impact on the activity levels of children and families and provides many opportunities for young people.’