North Coast Tri Club was formed (incorporated) in 1994 by a group of competitors that had been training for some years in and around the Craigie / Sorrento / Hillarys area. Many changes have since occurred – club members originally competed only in TWA calendar events but now also have the opportunity to race in many club run events. Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club remains one of our favourite areas of activity.
The club now has over 400 members (300 competitive, 70 TRYstars with restricted & social making up the balance), but that doesn’t diminish our focus on the family support that our club attracts. We have a very diverse membership and varied focus – from junior and Enticer beginner events right through to many seasoned Ironman competitors. Extra training run, ride or swim sessions are encouraged through “buddy” groups of like talent and ambition.
While many members are keen athletes, we don’t strive to be an elite outfit – “competing and socializing in harmony” is our philosophy. However, we still are a successful club, having been Champion Club for seasons 2003/2004 & 2008/2009 and runners up 2004/2005, 2005/2006 & 2007/2008. Other awards include, Inter Club Champions; seasons 2004, 2005, 2006 and also Wild West Bike Tour “Inter Tri Challenge” winners; 2004, 2005 & 2006.
In 2004 we introduced our very successful Women in Triathlon (WIT) training course as a vehicle to introduce women to the sport in a non aggressive women’s only environment. The club WIT training course has now become an annual program.
TRYstars is a fantastic program introducing children aged 7 – 15 to the sport of triathlon. It is a program where “everyone’s a winner” and the emphasis is on participation not competition. Weekly skill and fun activity sessions, run by experienced and enthusiastic parents/coaches, take place every Friday at 5pm from October to April.
This season a special Junior Program for 12+ has been developed by the club to assist our juniors make the transition from TRYstars to full competing triathletes in a safe and friendly environment. To teach youngsters to safely cycle on the roads, a junior ride of suitable distances for beginner riders is held on Saturday mornings
All our Club races are sanctioned by our governing body – Triathlon Western Australia, which endorses that they are fully insured and that a risk management plan has been written to ensure that almost any eventuality or mishap is covered with a contingency plan.