Organization of the 2015 Beachport Triathalon is well underway and this year is being co‐ordinated by the Wattle Range Council. Online registrations have already opened for the event to be held on Sunday 15th March 2015 and a band of volunteers are again set to make it a successful day.
History of the Beachport Triathalon
Helen Russell and Gabby Reeves started the event in 2010 as part of the Beachport Festival.
The original idea was born after many training sessions the girls did preparing for the Kingston Triathlon in 2009. The response was so positive it has continued as an annual event with numbers growing from 120 in 2010 to nearly 220 in 2014. A committee was formed in 2011 and with the huge Beachport volunteer support, the event is a fixture on the Australian Triathlon Calendar. Founding Committee members include Bob Grieve, Julie Moran, Rhonda Burleigh, Darren Simons and Linda Lambert. Helen remained involved as Race Director until 2013 and Gabby as Race Director until 2014.
The event is financially independent, thanks to the many businesses and people who sponsor the event. Over time the funds generated have been spent on outdoor equipment for the Beachport community. Equipment includes swimming buoys placed at 100m and 200m from the shore at the front beach, and a swimming pontoon. Over the first four years money was also invested into equipment for the event. This included signage, fencing and other infrastructure resulting in a very well equipped event for 2014.
The balance of funds from the 2010 – 2013 events, are happily donated to the Beachport Lions Club. The amount of $5000 will be used for more outdoor equipment for the Beachport Community. Another $1000 will be allocated to start up funds for the 2015 Beachport Triathlon.
The outgoing committee would like to thank all of the 2014 sponsors, Bompas of Beachport,
Wattle Range Council, Mount Gambier Triathlon Club, Athletes Foot ‐ Mt Gambier, Multimetals, Argyle Travel, ILManagement ‐ Aquatic Centre, Greg Shepherd Cycles, The Beachport Hotel, G & D Cycles, Fosters Foodland Millicent, Beachport Motor Inn, Green Triangle Electronics, SportsPower Millicent and Naracoorte, Teagle Excavations, Blupod At The Jetty, Anro Signs, and Niche Homes. The generosity of these businesses is greatly appreciated.
As part of the transition from the initial committee to a new group the Mount Gambier Tri Club assisted with the 2014 event. Tri Club representative Craig Dunn recently presented a cheque for $3,000 to the Beachport Lions Club to be used for future community projects to be planned in the seaside town.
Information and entry forms for the 2015 Bompas of Beachport Triathlon can be found online at http://tiny.cc/beachporttriathlon