Interclub Championships

Written by Dave Norton on . Posted in News

This Sunday sees the “clash of the clubs” in beautiful downtown Mandurah. North Coast has a history of being very successful at this event and are current holders of inter club trophy. The question is – how badly do we want to keep it? Come Sunday, the question will be answered. As of this morning there were still 9 places available, so if you’ve been sitting on the fence jump off and give the event a go – we need as many entries as possible. It is a sprint distance event and there are no age categories – that’s what makes it so unique. The winners of the male & female divisions score maximum points (usually around 200 points) right down to the last across the line scoring 1 point. One day that 1 point will be the difference between winning the trophy or not… and we have had some close ones.

And if you can’t compete then we’d  love to see you down there cheering us on. After the event North Coast will be serving free egg & bacon burgers and cold drinks – this is for everyone. It’s a family outing so join in the carnival and see some great racing.

If you are interested in some background  of the “inter clubs” then read on….

The first Interclub Championship was held on Sunday May 22nd, 1994. History tells us that in the event that year; huge seas saw a beach run substituted for the swim. The history books also tell us “Peter Hall’s North Coast Club was the inaugural winner of the Rob Pickard Trophy for the most points scored”.

The Interclub Championship was the idea of Mandurah’s club secretary Clive Choate. The event was organised to promote a friendly inter club rivalry and spirit, and to recognise Rob Pickard the TWA President who for, almost a decade, had contributed so much to triathlon in Western Australia.

The second interclub was held in the same year on the 18th December 1994. It was decided to place this Championship on the calendar as the last event before Christmas. This was to promote  good cheer at Christmas and to have an event short enough for the average competitor so that they could happily compete for their Club, before the longer events in the New Year.