The bcu Coffs Kids TRI is on again on Saturday 3 March, with events for children aged six to twelve years. The Scoot for Schools Cup is part of the event, offering $3,500 in cash prizes for the schools with the highest numbers of participants to spend on sporting equipment.
Race Director Noel Phillips said, “The aim of the Scoot for Schools Cup is to encourage participation across the region from primary school students. We want to get the kids to set themselves a challenge and do something fun and active in their local community.”
Schools are categorised based on their size, and the schools with the highest percentage of participants in each category will be awarded cash to spend on sporting equipment. When registering for the event, students simply select their school from a dropdown list. The more students who participate, the more chance their school has of winning.
The winning primary schools in the 2017 bcu Coffs Kids Tri event were St Augustine’s, Coramba, Christian Community and Kororo, who shared in the cash and were able to purchase some much-needed sporting items for their students. “We would love to see a different mix of schools take home the Scoot for Schools Cup prizes this year,” said Phillips.
The bcu Coffs Kids Tri is open to all abilities and levels of experience, offering an aquathlon (swim/run) for six and seven year olds, and triathlons (swim/cycle/run) over varying distances for eight to twelve year olds.
The swims are held in the shallow waters of the protected Jetty Beach, with qualified surf lifesavers on duty. The ride and run courses are completely flat on closed roads and held around the harbour foreshores.
Children can ride any style of bike, as long as it’s roadworthy and is ridden with an approved helmet. The roads are closed to traffic for the cycle and run legs, making it very safe for all competitors. It’s a great event for spectators too, as they can watch the swim from the Jetty and cheer on the competitors as they run around the new Jetty Foreshores precinct.
Scoot is bcu’s mascot for kids’ saver accounts and will be there on the day to high five the young competitors and cheer them over the line. All children who participate in the bcu Coffs Kids tri will receive a $20 voucher to go into a new or existing bcu bank account. They will also receive a quality event T-shirt and a medal when they cross the finish line.
“It really is great value for money,” said Phillips. “The entry fees are only $35, and the kids receive a very generous goody bag and quality event merchandise. They also get to experience a wonderful community event and physically challenge themselves, all whilst supporting their school.”
Alan Butler, bcu’s acting CEO said bcu is thrilled to be supporting the Scoot for Schools Cup. “The bcu Coffs Kids Tri is a great homegrown event helping to promote a healthy and active lifestyle amongst the local community. We look forward to working with the primary schools in the region to encourage kids to get outdoors and swim, ride and run around the beautiful Jetty Foreshores.”
Twelve-year-old Sarah Davis has participated in every bcu Coffs Kids Tri since it began and can’t wait for this year’s event. “I love running along the Jetty and being able to race alongside my friends. It’s a great feeling when you cross the finish line with the crowd cheering and high fiving you,” she said.
In addition to the bcu Coffs Kids Tri on Saturday 3rd March, the Enticer event is also on offer for ages thirteen and over. With a 300 m swim, 7 km cycle and 2 km run around the Jetty foreshores, it’s a great event for those new to the sport or not quite ready to step up to the full distance.
Sunday 4th March sees the headline Standard (Olympic) Distance Triathlon, which is open to individuals and teams. The event comprises a 1.5 km ocean swim, 40 km cycle and a 10 km run. The event is a qualifying race for the 2018 World Championships as well as the State Championship race, to determine the best triathletes in NSW.
Record numbers are expected for this event, as many athletes will use it as an opportunity to earn points to gain a spot on the Australian team to compete at the World Championships, which are being held on the Gold Coast in September.
“Coffs is the ideal location for a major triathlon event and really showcases the region’s natural beauty,” said Event Director Sinclair Black. “Sixty percent of competitors in the 2017 event were from outside the Coffs Coast.
“The bcu Coffs Tri has been fortunate enough to receive Destination Marketing Funding from Coffs Coast Events, which will enable us to further promote the event and encourage more visitors to our beautiful region,” said Black.
Entries for all bcu Coffs TRI events on the weekend of March 3 – 4 are now open. Visit villagesports.com.au for more information and to enter the Scoot for Schools Cup.