Galway boasts a new triathlon club, TríSpórt, which is also a first for the Connemara Gaeltacht.
Club founder, former international cyclist Pádraic Quinn, saysTríSpórt has been set up to provide an opportunity for the people of Connemara to be able to participate in sport through a club, as there are no running, cycling or swimming clubs in the area at the moment.
“Triathlon is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports right now,” says Quinn, “and we have no organised club setup in the Connemara Gaeltacht, despite the wealth of natural training facilities.
“TríSpórt has been established not just for those with an interest in triathlon, but for people who want to run, or cycle, or swim, or even combine all three.”
The new club is actively seeking members, regardless of ability or ambition.
“This is a very exciting time to set up a triathlon club,” said Pádraic Quinn, “with some of our new recruits already looking towards training for the Ironman 70.3 triathlon that will be held in Galway in September, not to mention the huge growth in other triathlon events.
“We hope to provide a structure for people who wish to train and who wish to race, and we welcome all people of all abilities with open arms. What we are hoping to achieve is a club that fosters the spirt of community and the spirit of sport.”
The club will host its first event this month when it holds a duathlon in An Cheathrú Rua on February 27. It will comprise two 3.5km runs and a 20km cycle.
Registration and race details are available at the new club website, www.trisport.ie