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Update on TNSW Club Champs: From the CEO

Over the last few weeks, Triathlon NSW has been in constant communication with our Race Director Partner Elite Energy, regarding the Triathlon NSW Club Championships.

Positively, the recent reduction in community transmission of COVID-19 has ensured that the Mid Coast Council remain supportive of the event being conducted in their region, pending the relevant stakeholders approval.

Elite Energy have also put together a comprehensive and detailed COVID-19 plan, a document which has evolved over the last few months and gained input and direction from Triathlon Australia and other Race Directors around the country. We remain confident that given the opportunity, a triathlon event can be conducted keeping residents and athletes safe and healthy.

I spoke with Elite Energy CEO, Mark ‘Emo’ Emerton this morning, and we both flagged that there are additional complications when events are cancelled too close to the delivery date. It’s a delicate balance, because the Triathlon NSW Board wants to give the event every opportunity to be go ahead.

As such, and in the interest of the partnership between TNSW and EE which is based on mutually beneficial outcomes, we’ve agreed that a decision must be made by next Friday 9 Oct 2020, or sooner if possible. At this point in time, we are still waiting on a response from the local police area command, who have ultimate control over the roads and the ability to conduct an event.

We thank you for your patience, understanding and compassion in this situation. We encourage you to support the event and race, in order to support the future of our great sport. Organising events in NSW is a difficult, complex and complicated task. The future of commercial race directors in NSW relies on their ability to run events.  The last event conducted by a commercial race director was over 6 months ago, and it’s been a tough period for them all. That said, minimising refunds and maximising participation is vital to ensure their further existence.

If the event is approved to proceed, it will be a different experience to what has occurred previously.  Recent events successfully conducted in QLD have shown us that the sport of triathlon can be conducted in a COVID-safe manner, but it requires changes to the old normal. Athletes will be staggered, spectators will be strongly discouraged, and athletes will be expected to ‘show up, race and leave’, in line with the NSW Office of Sports guidelines. The after party will no longer happen, and the presentation will be live-streamed via social media. This is the reality of the world in which we exist at the moment.

What will not change is the overarching concept - representing your club and having a fun race weekend away with your friends and family (all the while maintaining social distance, adhering to all NSW Health rules and regulations and maintaining good hygiene practices).

If you have any further questions or concerns, you are welcome to shoot me an email directly on adam.wicks@nsw.triathlon.org.au


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