Galway will host a special women's triathlon training day for beginners on Saturday May 3.
Triathlon Ireland will run the event to be held in the KingFisher Club, NUI Galway. The training day is aimed a newcomers to the sport who are interested in training for a triathlon and developing their skills in the areas of swim, bike, run, transitions, and all that goes along with completing a triathlon.
Previous training days in Wicklow, Limerick and Dublin have seen more than 70 women attend and go on to join local clubs and compete in the many duathlons, aquathlons and triathlons which take place throughout the country.
Triathlon Ireland, the national governing body has set ambitious targets to move towards a 60:40 male to female split in membership over the coming years.
"In the past triathlon had a reputation as only being for elite athletes or the more hardcore but really anybody with a basic level of fitness can do one." says Triathlon Ireland's development officer, Scott Graham.
"Nationally there are almost 9000 members competing numerous times throughout the season and Galway would have a very strong representation and tradition," he says.
Galway Triathlon Club is one of the largest in the country while Predator Triathlon Club boasts the largest junior section in the country.