Club News April 20154th May 2015 | Written by Ewan Mowat
Welcome to the April 2015 edition of triathlonscotland's affiliated club news. We hope you enjoy our latest edition and if there is anything that you would like us to feature more regularly, don't hesitate to get in touch. Most importantly, don't forget to share this information with your club members.
- New triathlonscotland Head Coach Announced
- Club Affiliation 2015-2016
- Membership 2015-2016
- Scottish Championships 2015
- TATA – Kids of Steel® comes to Wishaw
- Youth Training Days Reminder
- Frog Bikes Discount
- New Social Media Accounts
Triathlonscotland is delighted to announce that we have appointed Fiona Lothian as our new Head Coach, replacing Chris Volley who stepped down in September 2014.
Fiona will begin in May and is charged with continuing the development of triathlonscotland’s High Performance Programme, working closely with our Performance Squads and Coaches.
For more information, see our official announcement.
Any club yet to affiliate, please do so as soon as possible because the 2014-15 affiliation expired on 31st March and non-affiliated clubs are NO LONGER INSURED.
Affiliation is now ONLINE to make the process easier for both clubs and triathlonscotland. Your club should have been emailed a user guide and a personal log in where you can view your club's information and complete any missing information as well as upload your club's most up to date policy documents.
If you haven’t received your user guide and log in, please contact Calum Reid, our Regional Development Officer (East) – email@example.com.
Clubs are reminded to let their members know that membership of triathlonscotland is now open for the 2015-2016, with the triathlon year running from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016.
IMPORTANT: Club members are only insured for training and racing if they are a member of triathlonscotland. Club affiliation insurance does not provide this cover so clubs must circulate information about membership to club members to encourage everyone to sign up. A full list of benefits, discounts and how to sign up is available on our membership page.
Members wishing to take part in the Legends Ranking Series must be members by 31 May 2015. To view the Legends Ranking Series events, visit our Ranking Series page.
Since our last newsletter, we have had two of our Scottish Championships events.
The Scottish Duathlon Championships were held in Stirling on 29th March where Jack Lawson and Mhairi Duff were our winners. Click here for our report on the event.
The Scottish Schools Championships returned after a two year break on 28th April at Dollan Leisure Centre, East Kilbride, in the form of an aquathlon in different age groups and a team relay. Our winners were:
- S1/S2 – Joe Ewing (Erskine Stewart's Melville College, 12:13); Keanna MacInnes (Firrhill High, 13:14)
- S3/S4 – Andrew Merry (Grove Academy, 16:53); Erin Wallace (Eastwood High, 18:12)
- S5/S6 – Gregor Malcolm (Beaconhurst, 23:13); Julie Nimmo (Larbert High, 24:50)
- Team Relay – George Watson’s (Rachael Kneen, Charlie Burnett, Caitlin Arnott, Calum Watkins; 32:08)
Click here for our report on the event.
For more information about the Championship events this season, visit our Scottish Championships page.
TATA – Kids of Steel will return to the UK for a ninth year this summer with a number of events throughout the country. On 9th June, the mini-triathlon series comes across the border to be held at Wishaw Sports Centre, North Lanarkshire. Click for more information about TATA – Kids of Steel and the Wishaw event.
Kids of Steel® is part of a wider Kids Participation events programme that triathlonscotland deliver to schools all across Scotland. Much like Kids of Steel®, these events involve mini-triathlons, and they also incorporate additional activities, such as transition games, mini golf, and rugby. The Kids Participation events are all linked to local clubs and they will be coming to Edinburgh, Carluke, Grangemouth, and, for the first time, Prestwick in May and June, with a further event in Dumfries and Galloway planned for September.
This is a final reminder about our Youth Training Days happening in May and June. With youth triathlon growing in popularity, we are hosting three youth development training days this year to support young athletes develop their skills.
Although part of the selection criteria for the Inter Regional Championships, the sessions are open to athletes of all levels and are as follows:
- May 16th – Bike Handling Skills – Forth Valley College, Stirling
- May 23rd – Open Water Swimming – Strathclyde Park (after the day’s racing)
- June 7th – Transition and Running – University of Stirling (after the day’s racing)
If you are aged 10-16 and are interested in participating or if you are a qualified coach looking to help out to further your ongoing CPD, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org more information about these events.
Frog Bikes is offering a 20% discount to all triathlonscotland member clubs who want to order 5 or more road bikes for their youth riders. Frog Bikes makes high quality, lightweight road bikes in three sizes, from 20” wheel up to 26”, with prices from £400-£450.
For more details please see the Frog Bikes website
If your club would like to discuss buying a fleet of Frog road bikes, please call the Frog team on 01784 557300 to discuss the details. (Any orders will be fulfilled through your local Frog stockist.)
Triathlonscotland has recently expanded its social media channels to include Snapchat and Instagram. Add us on Snapchat (scottishtri) for exclusives from our big events and follow us on Instagram (triathlonscotland) for a chance to see some more of our photos, and we may even feature some of yours.