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Hard work and persistence has paid off for Arran’s junior triathletes who have ensured that the Arran Junior Triathlon Club is recognised on a national level with several podium places achieved during the last few months at national competitions.
On Saturday September 8, at the Balfron Aquathlon Ruaridh Lindsay-Smith finished in third place, only beaten by two Scottish IRC Junior Squad members. In the West Lothian Triathlon, Rhea Webster finished in fourth place and Julie Hamill secured third place in the Tristars 3 race.
At the Prestwick Aquathlon which took place on Saturday September 15 and 18th Arran Junior Triathlon Club members participated across four age groups. Ruaridh Lindsay-Smith finished in third place in the Tristars 2 race, Connah Wright placed second in the Tristars 3 race and James McCarthy was first in the Tristars 3 race.
In the Galashiels Autumn Junior Triathlon, Rhea Webster finished in third place in Tristars 1 and Julie Hamill finished in fourth place in Tristars 3.
With the club now hosting a total of six sessions a week and with the guidance provided by professional lead coach Blair Cartmell – who has coached athletes at the highest level – the club are experiencing an upsurge in energy and enthusiasm and benefiting from the great deal of knowledge being afforded to the club.
A spokesperson from AJTC said: ‘ We are always looking for new members and welcome any young person from age seven upwards into the club. All sessions are provided free of charge, a founding principle of our club given the commitment which we recognise on behalf of our parents and young people who have to travel off the island to compete in events.
‘We believe we have one of the most friendly and inviting teams in Scotland and we regularly receive comments from others clubs and event organisers about how well our young people support one another.
‘There is no pressure on any child or parent to attend every session the club offers, we very much welcome new members on a ‘Come and Tri’ basis to allow new members to find their feet and have fun! As the children get older and may wish to compete, then consistency is the key and we have the structure to support any young person who wishes to compete at local and national events.
‘We are very grateful to all of local businesses, our supporters and parent helpers, committee members and volunteer coaches and we actively seek new coaches and helpers to support our growing numbers. The club is committed to providing every coach the opportunity to gain the appropriate triathlon coaching awards, so there is no experience necessary at the beginning. We are hugely grateful to the Auchrannie Hotel who support us with pool time and have helped our club grow and perform to such a high level in a very short space of time. We could not have done it without their support.’