Deans keep it in the family

THE Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club’s annual junior triathlon is a lot more than just a little splash and dash at Lake Canobolas.

The event is a family affair and with a host of families already looking forward to the midget and junior classes set to run tomorrow morning, the Piranhas’ future looks bright.

Leading the charge are the Deans.

Harry, Molly, Abby and Jessie Dean can’t wait for the event, labelled a “family-orientated” day by their father, Matt.

“They love it. They get a run around,” he said.

“Any kid could do the midget race, it’s a bit of a run in the water then a short little ride around the sealed roads near the lake and a short little run across the bridge. It’s good fun.

“It’s the same with the juniors. The swim leg is a bit longer but it’s all waste deep for an adult.”

The juniors’ day is an ideal event for junior triathletes to shine as well as gifting those interested in the sport an avenue to begin their triathlon careers.

The midgets race (30m swim-dash, 600m cycle, 400m run) and junior triathlon (50m swim, 800m cycle, 500m run) are the highlights.

A short internal and external race is also available for budding juniors.

Not traditionally recognised as a junior sport option, Matt said the reality was far from the perception.

“Come and give it a go,” he said.

“It’s over quickly and we’re trying to get as many families as we can involved. It’s so popular with the families that are involved now. It really is a family-orientated sport for Orange.”

Tomorrow’s registration will begin at 8.30am. The racing starts from 9.15am. 

There will be activities for the kids and a barbecue afterwards.

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