FORMER WAFL umpire and Kalamunda resident Jeff Mann is encouraging others to give triathlon a go this summer to enjoy the health benefits and community spirit that comes with being part of a club.
The Perth Hills Triathlon Club will launch its inaugural novice triathlon program next month to teach newcomers how to train and compete over the course of the 10-week program.
“Perth Hills Triathlon Club is very welcoming and inclusive of people of all abilities. It is the perfect place for a novice to start,” Mann said.
“I joined the club five months ago and like the challenge of this sport because you get out what you put in.”
The novice program will be led by veteran triathlete and coach Rob ‘Slim’ Wiles.
Slim has competed in triathlon for 24 years and has twice represented Australia in the world long-course meet.
“I love teaching novices and current triathletes to see them improving themselves and helping people get over their own fears and insecurities,” he said.
“The novice course will teach budding athletes the core swim, bike and run skills to build their fitness levels and help them reach their triathlon goals while having fun.
“Anyone can have a go at triathlon; I once coached a lady in her late 50s and she hadn’t ridden a bike in over 40 years .”