JACKSONS is to sponsor the junior section of the Jersey Triathlon Club for the next two years.
The deal couldn’t come at a better time for the section, which has been running (swimming and cycling) for the last four years, as the success of the Brownlee brothers at the London Olympics has boosted numbers significantly in recent months.
Jersey Junior Triathlon Club’s Head Coach, Andy Kemp, commented: ‘When Jacksons offered a sponsorship deal we jumped at the chance. It is great to have the backing of such a prestigious company.
‘We try and supply the sport to all at very low cost to our juniors. They pay a membership fee of £20 per year which includes all coaching, use of ten club bikes, entry to all our local races, and subsidy to our one race off the Island each year. The idea is to encourage any child to experience the fastest growing multi-sport in the world.
‘To date we have seen over 100 children through the club and we currently have 35 to 40 children aged from six to 16 training and racing with us.
‘Since the Olympics we have seen a marked increase, inspired by the gold and bronze medals of Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.’
Jacksons sales development manager Neville Davidson said: ‘Jacksons are delighted to be sponsoring the Jersey Junior Triathlon over the next two years. To see the enthusiasm and commitment coming from these young people is so encouraging and makes it so worthwhile for us to be associated with such a growing sport within the community.’
Other key people involved with running the club are Dan Halksworth, an elite triathlete and current UK Ironman Champion, who competes around the world, and British Triathlon Level 1 qualified coaches Dave Holmes and Della Roderick. Although only running for four years, the section is already producing results. Daniel Heaven (15) raced in the South West regional series this year and came fourth overall, he is now part of the One Foundation High Performance programme. During their annual race off the Island they also won the Boys 14 year-old category at Eton Dorney, venue of the London Olympics rowing events back in June.
Further information on the junior section is available at: jerseyjuniortri.com.