First indoor youth triathlon at Dursley Pool

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First indoor youth triathlon at Dursley Pool

Posted: 08/04/2008 21:12:20

Dursley Pool and Sports Centre will be running its first ever indoor, youth triathlon on Thursday 17th April 2008. As well as swimming in the 25 metre pool, the triathlon, which is open to children between the ages of 5 and 16, will involve rowing and running on specialist rowing machines and treadmills, which are specifically designed for young people. The equipment is part of the junior fitness suite, which opened last year as the first in Gloucestershire.

Angela Gillingham, general manager of Dursley Pool and Sports Centre, said:

"Since the junior fitness suite opened last August we've been attracting over 400 users each month and now have four schools which regularly use the facility.

Whether it's for athletes of the future or generally helping to address obesity concerns, the new gym is already having an impact on young people's lifestyles. And who knows, maybe one of this triathlon's participants could even be a future Olympic hopeful!'

The gym equipment is specifically designed for 8 - 16 year olds and includes treadmills, cross trainers, water rowing machines, a multi-gym, spin bikes, free weights, balance boards and a punchbag. It has been supplied by youth gym and fitness specialists Shokk, who also trained the council's sports instructors in developing fitness programmes for young people. These have been researched by Loughborough and Liverpool universities.

The indoor youth triathlon takes place on Thursday 17th April 2008 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. It is open to individuals and teams, with competitions split into age groups.

Entry forms are available now from Dursley Pool or from www.stroud.gov.uk/leisure

Stroud, Tetbury, Thornbury and Gloucester are all less than half an hour from the new gym so it is hoped that schools and young people from across Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas will take part.

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