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Over 3,500 Leeds children give triathlon a ‘tri’ in just ONE WEEK!

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Last week saw over 3,500 children from across Leeds and West Yorkshire complete their first mini-triathlon with the Triathlon Trust delivering 6 mini-tri events back-to-back in the run up to the ITU World Triathlon Leeds.

Local primary schools attended the Brownlee Foundation Mini-Tris, funded by the Brownlee Foundation and supported by Active Schools Leeds. The Brownlee Foundation, founded by Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee, is committed to helping kids get active in any sport, not just triathlon.

Alistair and Johnny Brownlee recorded a special video message for the children thanking them for taking part and wishing them good luck.

Congratulations to every child who took part on completing your first triathlon – you should be very proud of yourselves!

We were also joined over the week by dozens of fantastic volunteers including Young Leaders from Bradford Grammar, Smeaton Academy and Ashville College, plus employees from KPMG and volunteers from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Gryphons Sport.

The week of events culminated in a family duathlon event on Saturday in Roundhay Park, Leeds, where the WTS Leeds swim stage took place. Children were encouraged to take a trip to Leeds city centre on Sunday for the WTS Leeds to cheer on the Brownlee brothers.

Sunday’s exciting inaugural Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds saw home heroes Ali and Jonny Brownlee competing in their last event on home soil before Rio, with Ali winning and Jonny sealing the dream result with a silver. You can read more about Sunday's races at: www.britishtriathlon.org

‘Our pupils enjoyed every single moment of the event. They have all come back ‘buzzing’ ready to take on the world!  In an education system which is currently over-focused on ‘number crunching’ thank you for helping us remember that events like this are the ‘real thing’ and not only create memories but give rise to aspirations too!’

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