Saskatchewan Lotteries Helps People to Just TRI It!
Training for just one sport at a time can feel daunting; imagine having to do it for three sports at once training for the sport of triathlon (swimming, cycling and running). The Saskatoon Triathlon Club helps women learn how to train for this sport through their Just Tri It (JTI) program.
Launched in 2001, the women-only program accepts 85 participants annually to take part in an eight-week spring training course instructed by fully-certified coaches and experts, and alumni who have returned to volunteer for the program—like former JTI participant and now Program Coordinator, Susan Hamilton.
“When I first joined, I was looking for a change,” Hamilton said. “Suddenly I was swimming, biking and running. It sparked something in me. The JTI program also reminded me of the importance of giving back. As a volunteer, I am making a positive difference in other people’s lives.”
All of the training that the participants do culminates on Mother’s Day when the women compete in a super-sprint triathlon (200 metre swim, 6 kilometre bike and 2 kilometre run).
The Saskatoon Triathlon Club is able to provide such a program due, in part, to funding secured through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant and Membership Assistant Program (MAP). Those funding opportunities are available thanks to lottery ticket sales, which help Saskatchewan Lotteries to fund over 12,000 sport, culture, recreation and community groups within the province.
“The Community Grant and MAP funding allows us to keep costs down and give a helping hand to individuals that may not otherwise be able to join the program,” said Hamilton.
This past year, that funding was specifically helpful as the program coordinators were able to eliminate the financial barriers for two in-need participants and provide all of the required equipment that the women needed to train, compete and Just TRI It!