About 1,000 youngsters will be swimming, cycling and running in the Tata Kids of Steel children’s triathlon event taking place in Corby today.
The 2015 Tata Kids of Steel series will visit 10 venues across Great Britain between May and July, giving up to 10,000 children the free opportunity to experience a mini-triathlon in a fun and safe environment.
The event is open and free of charge to all children aged between eight and 13, regardless of ability or experience.
Reigning Paratriathlon World Champion and ambassador for the British Triathlon Trust, Lauren Steadman will be in Corby today.
She said: “I’m delighted to be attending the Tata Kids of Steel Corby event.
“It is great to be part of a series that is inclusive to all, and helps to inspire children to be healthy and active, as this is something that I am really passionate about.
“I cannot wait to see over 1,000 children enjoying a sport that I love with big smiles on their faces.”
The Kids of Steel series is part of Tata Steel’s Community Partnership Programme, in which the company strives to enrich the communities in which it operates.
This year the event is marking a major milestone of giving more than 70,000 youngsters the opportunity to “try a tri” since the series was launched in 2007.
Bernard Curran, director at Tata Steel Europe, based in Corby, said, “We are proud that the Corby Tata Kids of Steel event tops the scale both in terms of children’s participation and employee volunteer activity.
“The hugely popular event has captured the hearts of local people and enables us to reach out to the local community.”
Mr Curran added: “Corby’s International Pool has been a perfect venue for this event – and we pay credit to the local authority for making the facility available to us.”
The events are organised by Tata Steel and British Triathlon in collaboration with local schools and community sports clubs.
Many employees from Tata Steel’s Corby site will also volunteer at the event to ensure it runs safely and smoothly.
The children take part in a mini-triathlon, consisting of a swim of 40m to 60m, a traffic-free cycle of 800m to 1,200m and finally a run of approximately 400m.
All the equipment is provided, including bikes and helmets, so children only need to bring their swimming and running kit.
Every child that takes part receives a medal in recognition of their achievement, in addition to a gym bag with a T-shirt and a swim cap.
Tata Steel has been a partner of the British Triathlon Federation since 2006, and is proud to continue its association as Community Sponsor, supporting Tata Kids of Steel and having a positive impact on the lives of young people throughout Great Britain.
Jack Buckner, chief executive of British Triathlon, said: “The Tata Kids of Steel triathlon series is a hugely successful product for the sport, breaking down the traditional barriers to taking part.
“It is great to continue the long-standing work we do with Tata Steel, and we are also delighted that the series will once again be delivered by our charitable arm, the British Triathlon Trust, which was set up to help us inspire a generation.”
The event will start with a dive into the Corby East Midlands International Pool, then a run across the car park to collect contestants’ bikes and will finish with a cycling dash down Westcott Way to complete the journey.
Due to the event, which takes place throughout the course of the day, there will be no access to the Corby Cube/Corby East Midlands International Pool car park between 8am and 4pm.
No vehicles will be able to enter or exit during this time.
Mayor of Corby Anthony Dady said: “Every year the young competitors involved have a fantastic day and we look forward to again cheering them on as they tackle each stage of the triathlon.
“Thank you to everyone who helps to make it an enjoyable and safe event and we wish the 2015 Kids of Steel the very best of luck.”