12,000 children take part in Tata “Kids of Steel” triathlons
The Tata Kids of Steel children’s triathlon series has enabled
almost 12,000 children to experience triathlon across 18 locations
in the UK this year.
The series, organised by British Triathlon in partnership
with Tata Steel, aims to give every child a positive and fun
experience of triathlon, regardless of their ability. Since
its launch in 2007, the series has seen more than 35,000 children
from 400 schools take part. Next year, there will be 24 events
across the UK and Tata Steel has committed to giving at least
50,000 youngsters the chance to experience triathlon by the
end of 2012.
Mark Barfield, Director for Development at British Triathlon
added: “This year’s Tata Kids of Steel events have
once again ensured thousands of budding triathletes have had
the opportunity to learn about the fast growing, modern and
dynamic sport of triathlon.
“The support of Tata Steel has ensured every participant
completed their personal triathlon challenge with the correct
kit and equipment and left their event with a smile on their
Tata Steel employees volunteered to help at events in Scunthorpe,
Rotherham, Swansea, Mold, Birmingham, Teesside and Corby, all
close to Tata Steel manufacturing or distribution sites in the
British triathletes Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee, and Helen
Jenkins were also on hand at their local events in Leeds and
Swansea to encourage and inspire the children taking part. Members
of the British Triathlon Olympic Talent Squad also lent their
support including Sky Draper, James Davis and Sophie Coldwell.