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Elite athletes support local schools to race the blue carpet at AJ Bell 2022 WTCS Leeds

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Triathlon England provided local school children with the opportunity to bike and run as part of AJ Bell 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds on Sunday 12 June.

The blue carpet experience saw children from local schools and community groups get their go at crossing the finish line in Roundhay Park through the national governing body’s Active Skills for Life programme.

The primary school aged children took part in a short run, followed by a timed static bike leg and then a short run to the finish line, cheered on by the grandstand and elite triathletes Sian Rainsley and Kate Waugh.

Rainsley and Waugh had raced in the elite World Triathlon Championship Series race the day before, finishing 15th and 29th respectively in their home race and returned to the finish to encourage the school children in their bike and run before handing out their certificates and goody-bags.

Active Skills for Life is a resource pack to support schools in delivering swim, bike and run sessions for their pupils, and is built to meet the requirements of the key stage two PE national curriculum.

The aim of the programme is to make the elements of triathlon, swim, bike, run and transition, accessible to all children and young people through a range of fun, engaging and active challenges.

By breaking down triathlon into its different parts, the programme will help more children to be physically active through the three activities and how they link together during triathlon and multisport events, the transition.

Swimming, cycling and running are three core sports for physical literacy and are skills that can support active living for a lifetime. Active Skills for Life will help schools, groups and individuals to engage in these sports and help to shape the lives of children and young people.

An Activity Hub is currently being developed for the Active Skills for Life website which will include at-home videos, colouring in sheets, mazes and quizzes.

Find out more about Active Skills for Life by visiting the Triathlon England website: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/active-skills-for-life.

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