Torbay’s only triathlon club – when one sport just isn’t enough, then Torbay Tri Club prides itself on a welcoming and professional environment for triathletes of all ages and abilities. Whether new to the sport, with race specific goals, or coming from an individual sports background and looking for a new challenge, we try to help everyone get the most from their membership.
Having officially formed in only 2013, spurred on by triathlon Olympic success in 2012, we have established ourselves in creating a positive impact on the local sporting community. More than just a club, Torbay Tri Club is a way of life for many people and used as a place to not only train but meet like-minded people and share experiences as well as their passion for the sport.
The club continues to grow not just in numbers but also in stature as members represented the club at local, regional and international races. A close-knit club, members unite on race days and for the first time this year were able to proudly pull on a new kit for race days and raise the profile of the club. In terms of races then our triathletes were ever present at the Geopark Adventures events held across the English Riviera, with overall titles being won as well as individual age group awards. Just as exciting and rewarding was the sight of members completing their first triathlons and the overwhelming joy on their faces, which we all played a part in them achieving. Covering sprint, Olympic, middle and Ironman distance races, members not just raced but did themselves proud and really helped put the club on the map at every opportunity.
Often perceived as a sport for young people, Torbay Tri Club continues to prove that age is no barrier and we are all united by a common goal to go beyond normal limits. While younger members are chasing fast times, senior and veteran members are also working extremely hard to chase their goals. Notable performances in 2015 included Louise Oldridge who qualified to race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in August (a first for the club) while Rob Pressling, at the age of 68, won 3rd place in his age group at Ironman Lanzarote 70.3, both proving an inspiration to all within the club.
With a small and dedicated committee at the core of the club, we rely heavily on raising our own funds from swim and bike training all year round. While we don’t have the luxury of big finances, we have prioritised to invest in coach’s training and for 2017 already working hard towards running a series of aquathlon (swim/run) events as well as looking into sponsorship opportunities. Our passion for the sport has always driven us and by staging events we aim at encouraging the community to become involved and give the sport a ‘tri’, giving something back that we will be proud to put our name to without a single minded focus on the financial perspective. Whilst we celebrate the winners, often our biggest joy comes from seeing those who have shown the commitment and dedication just to finish.