Aussie kids unleash their healthy potential

Now in its 21st year, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is now accepting registrations for another sell-out series with 10 events to be held around Australia from February to May 2019. 

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is designed for kids aged seven to 15, no matter their sporting abilities or experience. It supports kids’ health and wellbeing by giving them an opportunity to enjoy healthy outdoor activity and boost their self-esteem in a fun and friendly environment which rewards everyone for just ‘giving it a TRY!'*

Weet-Bix Kids Tim Cahill and Stephanie Gilmore, along with Libby Trickett, Mitchell Johnson, Steve ‘Commando’ Willis and Annette Edmondson are among the inspirational sporting heroes who will be cheering on this year’s participants. The non-competitive initiative forms part of Sanitarium’s mission to help give Aussie kids the right foundation to realise their healthy, happy potential. 

Sanitarium’s Community Engagement Manager David Martin said: “To see those kids crossing the finish line - kids of all different abilities - you can just see it all over their faces. They’re grinning from ear-to-ear and they feel unstoppable! 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.”
 
Health and Care provider Bupa is now in its 12th year as the Series’ Platinum Sponsor and is once again pleased to be able to extend its mission of supporting family connections through the event.
 
“Seeing your kids cross the finish line of the TRYathlon is a big moment for any parent,” said Jane Power, Chief Marketing and Chief Customer Officer, Bupa.
 
“As a health and care company, Bupa’s aim is to make a difference to the overall health and wellbeing of families. One of the ways we do this is by providing families with opportunities to enjoy both the special and everyday moments of family connection. That in itself is why we’re such long-term supporters of the TRYathlon - it’s a fantastic event for families around the country to get involved in together.”
 
To help prepare the whole family for the event and make the most of those moments of connection, Bupa has created the Family Get Ready Guide, found online at bupa.com.au/get-ready

Giving it a TRY
 
The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon 2019 dates are as follows:
 
Sydney, 3rd February 2019Perth, 24th March 2019
Canberra, 10th February 2019Adelaide, 7th April 2019
Central Coast, 17th February 2019 Gold Coast, 5th May 2019
Camden, 24th February 2019Brisbane, 19th May 2019
Melbourne, 10th March 2019Townsville, 26th May 2019

All kids who complete the achievable course receive a medallion as they cross the finish line. The swim leg is divided by age and gender into small groups at the start. Younger kids in the 7 - 10 age group do a 75m swim, 3km cycle and 500m run. Older kids aged 11 - 15 do a 150m swim, 6km cycle and 1km run. There’ll also be lots of extra fun things to do at the event village including a sports expo, making it a great day out for the whole family!
 
Places will be limited at each event so register your child early to avoid disappointment. For more information and to register visit www.tryathlon.com.au

Last updated 29 January 2019

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*Over the past 20 years, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon has become synonymous with the following impacts that describe the child’s experience of participation: Fun and Enjoyment (92%), A sense of pride (74%), More confident (58%), More resilient (30%). Source: 2018 post series parent survey n= 1,389