Two TAFE Western teams will proudly represent the organisation at the AustralianSuper Corporate Triathlon and participants are looking forward to putting their fitness to the ultimate test.
The six triathletes, representing two teams - TAFE Western Warriors and TAFE Western Turtles - will each swim 300 metres, cycle eight kilometres then finish with a three kilometre run around the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney on March 20.
Team spokesperson Jo-Ann Braithwaite said team members, under the tutelage of former TAFE Western teacher Wayne Stewart, had spent three months preparing for the race by cycling at the velodrome, running at Elephant Park and swimming at the Orange pool.
“We swim three times a week, we run three times a week and cycle two times a week, plus we do Pilates and some strength work, so we think we’ll be well prepared come March 20,” Ms Braithwaite said.
“Wayne has developed training plans and meets with us at training sessions, offering support and encouragement.
“Taking on this triathlon has obviously been a physical challenge for us, but it’s also been a great team building exercise and the improvement in our personal fitness has been noticeable.
“It’s nice to meet up with colleagues from work and have a focus other than work. We are all sharing training tips and learning a lot about keeping fit, which also ensures we are more focused and motivated when we are at work.”
TAFE Western Warriors will be represented by Ms Braithwaite, Penny Flannery and Ash Ryan, while the TAFE Western Turtles team will be made up of participants Mindy Smith, Mia Scolari and Stacey Williamson.
“The girls are super pumped and there is already talk of competing at the All Women’s Triathlon in Penrith in May if all goes well,” Ms Braithwaite said.
“We are very excited about representing TAFE Western.”