Tri-Activ8 Raise More than $25,000 for Charity

TRI-ACTIV8 was shaped mid 2014 when friendly competitors Nikki Giles and Jackie Richters had a vision for attracting and retaining women to the wonderful sport of triathlon. 

Mackay Tri Club hosts two Womens Only Triathlons each year attracting more than 300 women annually to compete in the sport.

Of this number females were still unrepresented in Mackay Triathlons. 

Ms Giles and Ms Richters  developed a survey to understand the motivators and barriers of Mackay females in returning to Club Events. 

The survey results highlighted that the challenge of triathlon was something they loved, however 'knowing what to do' and 'how to train' were predominantly the barriers which prevented them continuing to tri.

From this feedback, the women developed Tri-ActiV8 and launched their first six week Women's Only Triathlon Training Program.

The six week program lead up to the Mackay Triathlon Club's Womens Only Triathlon in October 2014.

The WO Program covered back to basics skills, form and technique of the swim, bike and run.

Transition practice was also on the program along with bike maintenance, tyre changing, nutrition (Naturopath), health and well-being (Chiropractic) and race preparation information evenings. Mackay Cycles (Specialized Bikes) hosted the workshops in their shop and assisted with technical details of the cycling.

Of the 16 participants that completed the program, more than 85% have continued to compete in  triathlons.

They stepped it up to enticer, sprint distances triathlons, with four of them competing in Cairns Half Iron Man in June 2015.

Inspired by one of the WO participants, the group created and committed to a long-term goal, of the Noosa Triathlon 2015 as part of Smiling for Smiddy.

Within hours of putting out an EOI we had a team of 17 people (including family members of our participants).

Team Tri-ActiV8 Smiling for Smiddy was created with the goal of fundraising an amount of $1000 per participant and also continue their triathlon journey's to build up to an Olympic Distance Triathlon.

The team has delivered barbecues, bake stalls, raffles, carwashes and an epic12 hour Cycle Challenge to far surpass our fundraising goal of $18,000, current raised funds is $25,127.

We are also excited to advise that a large majority of the team competed in their first Olympic Distance Triathlon late September.  

The growth, strength and confidence of the team amazes us every day. 

Watching our triathletes continually raise the benchmark and achieve new goals on a regular basis is very rewarding.

The whole team has gelled amazingly well and pulled together to get the job done.  We are often told that for an individual sport, we have an amazing team.

Nikki GilesComment