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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay Tri Kids Leave Their Mark On The MARC

2022 Bike Winner Hugo Connors with Zac Schwarzrock (Corry Cycles)

Photo credit: Deanne Woods Photography

Louis Connors with the family’s new Dirty Possum Rack

The final event in the 3-part Tri-ActiV8 Kids Tri-Series was held on the 11th of December at the MARC (Mackay Aquatic & Recreation Centre) with 76 kids completing either a triathlon or aquathlon.

Every year Tri-ActiV8 holds a 3-part triathlon and aquathlon event known as the Kids Tri-Series at the MARC.

This non-competitive series targets kids aged 5 to 12 years.

“Triathlon is a great sport for kids” says Nikki Giles, Tri-ActiV8 Founder and accredited Triathlon Performance Coach

“The non-competitive nature of the Tri-Series allows kids to grow in confidence, become more determined and feel satisfaction in their own abilities.”

The Kids Tri-Series is always delivered with an emphasis on safety and support for the kids.

“Our Tri-ActiV8 Triathlon Tribe are incredible,” says Nikki

“At every event our Tribe shows to support every child from the beginning to the end.”

Each year Corry Cycles owner Evan Corry gives away a Mountain Bike to one lucky participant at the final event of the series.

“Corry Cycles has been proudly supporting the Kids Tri-Series from the very beginning,” says Evan

“As a local Mackay business it is important to give back and support community events and families wherever we can.”

In 2022, Dirty Possum also got behind the Tri-ActiV8 Kids Tri-Series and gave away a 4-bike carrier to one lucky family.

“Our Tri-Series sponsors are a really important part of being able to run the series,” says Nikki

“Dirty Possum coming on board this year to provide a fantastic prize to one lucky family shows how much the series has grown in support.”

Although it was a random draw, both major prizes were won by the same family who had two children participating in the series: Hugo and Louis Connors.

“We couldn’t believe it,” says Hugo and Louis Connors’ Mum, Vanessa.

“Our boys are growing so fast so to have a new mountain bike for Hugo at the start of the school holidays and then to have a bike carrier for our car so that we can go places with our bikes is truly amazing.”

The Tri-ActiV8 Kids Tri-Series will be back in Term 4 in 2023. Dates are yet to be announced.

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