Gibbs family ready to race

About 900 youngsters will take part in the Bendigo TRYathlon

THE Gibbs family is preparing to swim, cycle and run their way through Bendigo for the annual Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon next month.

The sporty Bendigo siblings will be among 900 children taking part in the event.

Matilda, 15, Harvey, 14 and Solomon, 10, will gear up for the TRYathlon.

Frank, 12, was going to take part but instead will be representing country Victoria at the FFT Skills and Acquisition Festival in Tasmania.

Father Dave said he was proud to see his family involved in sport.

He said it was important for them to be involved in the community.

“We came to Australia from England about three years ago and the kids have all really embraced the outdoor culture here,” Dave said.  

We came to Australia about three years ago and the kids have all really embraced the outdoor culture. - Dave Gibbs

“As soon as we arrived the kids just wanted to play sport, which is great.

“They enjoy getting out and about.”

Dave said all four of his children participated in the TRYathlon last year.

“They really enjoyed it,” he said.

“They loved it; it was a really fun day.”

Dave said each child played other sports in their spare time and weren’t specifically in training for the TRYathlon.

“They are always on their bikes, they are all naturally fit because of the sport they do,” he said.  

"There training is ongoing, they don’t have a regime.

“They are just active kids.”

The Girton Grammar students say they are all looking forward to competing. 

Matilda is already a seasoned runner, taking part in last year’s City2Surf and other fun runs in Melbourne and Bendigo.

She says running helped her to reflect on things.

"It is nice, I run early in the mornings so it is nice and cool," Matilda said.  

“It is a release, I really enjoy it."  

The TRYathlon is aimed at children aged between seven and 15 and will take place in and around the Queen Elizabeth Oval on March 2.

This year's Bendigo TRYathlon ambassador is AFL footballer Joel Selwood. 

Organisers are encouraging people of all abilities to take part with all participants receiving a gold medal. 

Registrations close at midnight on February 16, unless the event reaches capacity prior to the date.

For more information about the event visit www.tryathlon.weetbix.com.au

COMPETITION:

The first 20 people who visit the Bendigo Advertiser office in Queen Street, Bendigo will win free registration for the Weet-Bix TRYathlon. 

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