THINGS TO DO: Weet-Bix TRYathalon

10 April 2018

The annual Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is just around the corner, and it’s gearing up for its biggest year yet!

To kick-start the event on the Sunshine Coast, National Ambassador, and former The Biggest Loser trainer, Steve ‘Commando’ Willis, was in town earlier this week to run a training day with a group of kids from across the region at University of Sunshine Coast Sports Precinct.

Putting them through their paces in a series of activities, the lucky students got to learn some essential tips and tricks about fitness and healthy living from one of the most popular in the industry.

A devoted dad of four kids aged between 18 and two, Steve Willis, is a dedicated advocate for kids living happy, healthy, active lives.

“It’s vital that healthy habits are instilled in every person from the time they are young. Positive physical and mental development through activity directly correlates to our sense of self-esteem, how we deal with stress, and how we interact with others.

The more as parents we can instil a love for fitness and activity in our children the more it will benefit them in later life as adults.” said Steve.

Promoting active, healthy, confident kids, the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon series is Australia’s premier national fitness event series for kids aged seven to 15. Established in 1999, the non-competitive event is all about getting kids active whilst also having a huge amount of fun!

“Every mum and dad can help their kids feel great about themselves and foster a sense of accomplishment simply by registering their child in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon and encouraging them to give it a try and do their best. It’ll be an achievement that will stay with every child forever.”

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The kids all had a great day and can’t wait to line up for the actual TRYathalon on the 22nd April.

“My favourite part of the day was getting to meet the Commando and learning about fitness,” Harley Freeman (aged 11) from Palmwoods State School said. “I’m really looking forward to the TRYathalon, my favourite event is the swim!”

“Running a lap the track racing against the Commando was my favourite part,” said Ryan (aged 10) from Banksia Beach School. “I love athletics, soccer, all that stuff, and I’m hoping to do really well in the TRYathalon, my favourite event is the ride.”

And if you’ve ever wondered how many Weet-bix the Commando can eat? “I can easily knock over 5!” Steve said. “But one time, when I was in the army, I ate a whole box… there would have been about 15 in there!”

Speaking to the kids about the event, Steve spoke about having the courage to stand up and have a go. “The challenge when we are young is to do things that we are scared of; stepping into that unknown. Opportunities are always there, lessons to be learnt, but you’ve got to be willing to put your best foot forward and give things a go.”

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Set out like a traditional triathlon, kids first do a swim leg, followed by a cycle leg and finally a run before crossing the finish line to receive a special medallion for their huge achievement as their loved ones cheer them on.

All kids start the swim leg divided by age and gender into small groups. Younger kids in the seven to 10 age group do a 75m swim, 3km cycle and 500m run. Older kids aged 11 to 15 do a 150m swim, 6km cycle and 1km run.

There will also be lots of other fun things to do whilst kids are completing the course, making it a fun day out for the whole family!

Though it’s set out like a typical triathalon, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathalon is all about participation and fun. Its non-competitive format make it great for kids of all ages and all ability to just get involved and have a go.

Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon dates are as follows:

  • Sunshine Coast 22 April
  • Brisbane 20 May

Registrations are now open at www.tryathlon.com.au

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. 

When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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