£5,000 to help Wearside triathletes

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A SPORTS club has received thousands of pounds in funding to buy specialist equipment.

The Washington-based Coalfields Racing Team, which encourages the practice and development of triathlon, multisport and individual training to competition level, has been handed £5,000 by the Coalfields Community Grants programme.

Members Elliot Gowland and Gary Walker applied for the grant to purchase wet suits, tri bars, swim socks, gloves, turbo trainers and accessories, in a bid to make the sport more accessible to the unemployed and families on low incomes.

The kit will be loaned to members of the group.

Founding member Elliot, said: “It’s shocking that some sports are only available to those that can afford it and this is why we applied for the grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

“The money has allowed us to become even more inclusive and to provide access to the kit and equipment that amateur athletes need, in order to become the best sports men and women they can.” Elliot said the move will allow more people to take advantage of the group’s training sessions, which include up to 40 men and women of all ages.

The team, which also meets in Hetton and Seaham, are attracting an increasing number of members with many of those involved competing to the highest standards, including the Ironman World Championships.

For more information on the group, visit http://coalfieldshome.blogspot.co.uk/