The sporting facilities at Nuneaton 's Pingles Leisure Centre and the town's Air Cadets have once again received glowing praise from national sporting bodies following the second Triathlon England National Schools Aquathlon Championships event.
Teams of young people representing schools from across the country converged on the Pingles Leisure Centre for the National Schools Aquathlon Championships and the Nuneaton based Air Cadets were part of the large team of volunteers tasked with making sure that the event ran to plan.
Aquathlon is a two discipline event comprising of a swim and run. The event is continuous i.e. the timing of the competitors starts when they begin their swim and finishes when they cross the finish line at the conclusion of their run. The British Schools Aquathlon Championships is a relatively new addition to the British Triathlon Federation's annual calendar, the first event having been held at Nuneaton in 2011.
The national governing body for Aquathlon is the British Triathlon Federation (BTF), as recognised by the International Triathlon Union, UK Sport and the British Olympic Association.
The Aquathlon is an excellent introduction to multi-discipline events particularly for young people, helping identify and nurture potential talent who could go on to compete in the triathlon. The National Schools Championships are open to teams of four, two girls and two boys, representing their schools as part of a county/area team. There are three age groups based on school years: Years 7 Ė 8, Years 9 -10, and Year 11.
Following the event Sue O'Neil of the event management team, said, I Would like to thank all of the volunteers from the Nuneaton Air Cadets for their fantastic support. Their involvement helped to make sure that the day went without a hitch, and there has been great feedback from the two national governing bodies, Triathlon England and the British Triathlon Federation, and from the teams competing.
The excellent facilities at the Pingles combined with the run in Riversley Park really showed off the Borough to its best. The events team received a number of comments regarding the high quality of the sporting facilities and fabulous park.
Also of particular comment was the welcome offered by the cadets and other volunteers for the day. The Air Cadets' smart turnout, and their calm and positive approach made a real difference to the experiences of the teams and to the event staff, some of whom had travelled very long distances for the day.