Press Releases 2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is proud to be the main sponsor of Wales’s first city centre triathlon, The Swansea Triathlon, taking place on Sunday, June 5

18.04.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is working in close partnership with the organisers of Wales’s first city centre triathlon, Activity Wales Events, as the main sponsor, to stage the Swansea Triathlon, with around 2,000 competitors, in the city centre on Sunday, June 5.

The event, will take place in safe, enclosed open water for the 750m swim and on fully closed roads for the 20km bike and 5km run, right in the heart of the city.

UWTSD Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor said: “We are delighted to be the main sponsor of the Swansea Triathlon. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a major new sporting event in the heart of the city centre where we are developing our SA1 Swansea Waterfront development – to create a learning-centred neighbourhood for the University and for our academic, business and cultural partners.

“The University is keen to act as an engine for growth and prosperity across the region aiming to attract through its activities at SA1, both inward investment and collaboration with commercial enterprise and creative industry partners.”

The partnership between UWTSD  and Activity Wales Events also gives opportunities to students across all of its campuses to get involved with planning, staging and taking part in the event, giving them hands-on experience in the fields in which they are training.

Dr Nalda Wainwright, Director of the Wales institute for Physical Literacy UWTSD, said: “The University is highly committed to supporting Health and Wellbeing and in 2014 established the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy. The Institute works across many sectors offering professional development and training and conducting research.  Staff from the Institute have been working closely with Activity Wales Events developing research projects and ways to support growing participation in a range of physical activity for people of all ages and all abilities.”

Scott Powell, Activity Wales Events Race Director said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to bring this event to Swansea. The partnership creates a vast number of opportunities for students from a range of disciplines to get involved, and gives them first-hand experience in the fields which they're training.

We have TV coverage confirmed for the event, meaning both the University and Swansea will get global exposure, and help to bring greater numbers to the city across the board.

It's an exciting partnership to be involved with."

Activity Wales Events who brought Ironman to Wales and are founders of the largest multi-sport event in the country - Long Course Weekend – said they are looking to deliver a race experience in the city that is unparalleled in UK racing.

The triathlon, which will start at 4pm and finish in Castle Square, will be a sprint distance race, with elite, age groupers, first timers and multiple waves.

UWTSD lecturer in Outdoor Education, Geraint Foster is taking part in the triathlon with five of his Outdoor Fitness Degree students, for four of whom it will be their first triathlon. This year, as part of their degree, they have been practising open-water swimming, road cycling and running alongside some other activities.

Geraint said: “We have also done some sessions in the swimming pool on analysing swimming technique. And we will be heading to Normandy in May for a week’s training camp in preparation for the Swansea Triathlon. During this week we will do a lot of cycling, some swimming in the river, running and also practising the transitions.

The students have also studied theoretical modules such as ‘anatomy and physiology’, ‘personal training’ and ‘assessing health and functional fitness’ which will give them some of the knowledge they need to be able to prepare for this type of event.”

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk