TAFE Western’s triathletes have successfully completed the gruelling AustralianSuper Corporate Triathlon in Sydney, with all six participants exceeding their own goals and labelling the event a huge success.
Jo-Ann Braithwaite, Penny Flannery, Ash Ryan, Mindy Smith, Mia Scolari and Stacey Williamson all completed the 300 metre swim, eight kilometre ride and three kilometre run around the Royal Botanic Gardens - a fantastic achievement and reward for the hard work they put in preparing for the race.
“It was a great experience to share with work colleagues and wonderful to get to know them on another level. The event was so well organised, in a pristine location and the atmosphere was amazing,” Stacey said.
“It gave us fitness, a great sense of pride representing TAFE Western and the opportunity to get to know some pretty amazing people,” Jo-Ann added.
TAFE’s triathletes admitted they faced several challenges during the March 20 event, but took satisfaction and pride from their performances.
“Looking back now, I was taken out of my comfort zone, so it did seem tough at times. I don’t think this as much now after completing it. The actual event was great fun and we were all just so happy to have finished it,” Mia said.
“It was challenging but well worth the hours we put in. Training together and the weekend away were real highlights,” Mindy said.
Ash added, “Being my first triathlon I didn’t know what I was in for, but it was a great experience. I tried to focus more on finishing rather than the pain,”
“It was tough but fun, and I felt great when I crossed the line.” Penny said.
TAFE Western was the only regional TAFE team represented at the triathlon and the focus has now moved onto making our organisation’s presence even bigger and better in 2017.
“I would like to see many more people from TAFE Western participate next year. It’s not about the times or who’s the fastest - at the end of the day you are just competing for/against yourself, getting to know others and making new or closer friendships,” Mia said.
“Ideally we would have several teams doing a mix of one or three legs. There has been a lot of feedback and questions from staff about next year and how they can get involved. We will send out information early so people can start training and thinking about participating,” Mindy added.
In the meantime, if you would like to get involved, or would like any information, please phone Jo-Ann Braithwaite on 6393 2638.