Beat the Street 2018

Community-minded Torbay Tri Club share Beat the Street achievement

Having well and truly beaten the streets across Torbay and earned themselves a substantial amount of sports vouchers, a heartfelt gesture from Torbay Tri Club will see junior swimmers from Brixham Swimming Club also benefit.

Beat the Street fever gripped the local triathlon club and saw them finish as runners up and third place in the community categories, earning themselves a total of £300 in sporting vouchers. At a recent meeting by the club’s committee and members it was unanimously agreed to offer £100 to neighbouring Brixham Swimming Club, who narrowly missed out on any prizes themselves and with whom the tri club have shared swim facilities for a number of years.

Torbay Tri Club are planning to allocate some of their remaining vouchers to set up a monthly achievement award for club members to reward any special achievements or contributions on a regular basis throughout the year.

Torbay Tri Club’s Chairman, Simon Mills, met with junior swim captains Alicia Townsend and Callum Hodge at Brixham Pool to hand over the vouchers and listen to what they planned to spend them on.

Simon Mills, Torbay Tri Club Chairman, said:

“It was fantastic to see so many of our members get involved with collecting the Beat the Street points across Torbay and it really was a team effort to win these vouchers. We have a good relationship with Brixham pool and wanted to share our success with a local sports group as we know they will put it to good use on new equipment.

Tony Hodge, Vice Chairman at Brixham Swimming Club, said:

“This truly is a community spirited gesture from the Torbay Tri Club, the disappointment of the swimmers having worked so hard over many weekends and evening before swim training to collect valuable points, dragging parents out in all weathers. To then get this reward is fantastic and will help fund much needed land training equipment moving into the new year.”

Photo (left to right) – Alicia Townsend, Simon Mills, Tony Hodge and Callum Hodge

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Club Awards Night 2018
Torbay Tri Club Awards 2018
Torbay Tri Club hosted their biggest ever awards night to date as members came together to celebrate a year of fantastic sporting success and personal achievements.
This year’s awards were hotly contested and none more so than in the Club Championships held at the Torbay Triathlon in September. Andrew Gunther and Helen Mackie claimed the top prizes while individual age group prizes were also presented.
Gary Burman, having represented Team GB in the World and European Aquathlon Championships, was presented with the most Improved Male award while Val McClean was recognised for her completing her first middle distance triathlon.
Jon Parkinson received the prestigious Chairman’s Award for his time and efforts in leading the popular run groups and organising a new running kit while also establishing a new X-Country team and affiliating the club with England Athletics.
Sarah Welsh was recognised for her outstanding performances in completing two extreme long distance races while also claiming notable age group victories across various challenging triathlons, many of which are considered among the toughest in the country. Cathy Parkinson, Nick Cull and Max Churchill were also acknowledged for their impressive completion of debut full distance triathlons.
2018 has been a hugely successful year for Torbay Tri Club, on and off the course, as having only become entirely independent as a club in April the membership has swelled to almost 100 and attracted people of all abilities and ages keen to join.
The run section of the tri club has proven particularly popular and seen many great individual performances through the year while a strong team showing has seen success at Erme Valley Relays, Clennon Valley Relays and Totnes 10k.
It has been rewarding to see many members having their first taste of triathlon races over various distances and many are also found each week at the Torbay Parkrun aiming to beat their 5k times.
On the international scene the club has been represented by Tim Watson, Graeme Kay and Frank Reay, with Tim claiming an outstanding bronze medal in his age group at the European Sprint Championships.
Simon Mills, Torbay Tri Club Chairman, said:
“The awards night bring club members together to celebrate achievements at all levels. It’s fantastic to see Torbay Tri Club represented on the local, international and world stage which helps inspire everyone to be the best they can. The club is growing in strength and depth, attracting people of all abilities and I’m proud to be Chairman of such a successful club.”
Club Champions – Andrews Gunther and Helen Mackie
Age Group Club Champions – Andrew Gunther, Lee Turner, Frank Reay, Samantha Froggatt, Jo Coish, Helen Mackie
Most Improved – Gary Burman and Val McClean
Outstanding Achievement – Sarah Welsh
Chairman’s Award – Jon Parkinson
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Chairman Simon Mills presents Sarah Welsh with her Outstanding Achievement Award.