Inglewood: TRYathlon offers fun for children

Hudson Hort (8), of Gwelup, with Mitchell Johnson at last year’s TRYathlon
Hudson Hort (8), of Gwelup, with Mitchell Johnson at last year’s TRYathlon

GWELUP eight-year-old Hudson Hort is encouraging children to give triathlons a go.

Hudson is taking part in next month’s TRYathlon in Inglewood, run by Sanitarium, after enjoying it so much last year.

“I liked doing it because it was fun doing the transfers from bike to swimming,” he said.

“You get to do lots of fun things in it.”

The event is for children aged seven to 15 of all sporting abilities and comprises an achievable course combining swimming, cycling and running.

Hudson’s father Matt said his son was swimming 2km two days a week and cycling in preparation of his own accord.

“He’s the kind of kid who likes to compete,” he said.

“It just surprised me how focused he was (last year).

“All the kids were having a ball.”

Hudson was excited to meet former Australian cricketer and event ambassador Mitchell Johnson last year, with Johnson again backing the TRYathlon.

“Self-doubt, whether you’re an adult or a kid, it’s what stops us from reaching our potential – and we want every Aussie kid to reach theirs,” Johnson said.

“If the TRYathlon goes any way towards instilling in them a love of physical activity and giving the next generation of Aussies a positive voice inside their head that says, ‘I can do it’, then that’s powerful.”

The event is on Sunday, March 24 at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.

Register at www.tryathlon.com.au by March 17.