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Tassie kids step up to the challenge!

Tassie kids step up to the challenge!

Almost two thousand Tasmanian children are expected to participate in one of the state’s largest multi-sport events, the Bupa KidFit Triathlon Series.

Entries are now open for local children who are ready to hit the ground running, cycling and swimming at five events, to be held at:

  • New Norfolk – Sunday, 23 February
  • Lauderdale – Sunday, 2 March
  • Blackman’s Bay Beach – Sunday, 16 March
  • Ulverstone – Saturday, 22 March
  • Launceston – Sunday, 23 March

The fifteenth annual event is presented by Bupa and supported by ‘Life. Be in it.’, and offers children the opportunity to challenge themselves, while having fun and getting active in a supportive environment.

AFL legend and Bupa’s Head of Market Development, Peter Hudson, said: “The series is a great way for kids to get into physical activity and it challenges them to try their best in a friendly setting. It’s achievable for all ages and abilities, and kids have options like walking or wading through the water as part of the swim.

“Bupa is committed to helping Australians live longer, healthier, happier lives, and learning about healthy lifestyle choices at a young age can provide children with a strong foundation for later in life.

“We’re extremely proud to help Tasmanian children embrace physical activity, and to show them just how much fun it can be,” Hudson said.

The free series is open to children of all abilities aged seven to 15, and training plans are available online to help first-timers on their way.

Stephen Dimsey, from ‘Life. Be in it,’ said: “It’s fantastic for Tassie kids to get active in the great outdoors and they find it so rewarding when they cross the finish line. More than 1600 children participated in 2013 series, and we’re expecting our biggest series ever this year..

“Numbers are limited for each event so we encourage families to visit the website to register early to avoid disappointment,” Dimsey said.

Distances are specially tailored for age groups so that children of varying abilities can complete the course and enjoy a truly rewarding experience:

  • 7 - 8 years old: 25m swim, 1km cycle, 400m run
  • 9 - 10 years old: 50m swim, 1km cycle, 600m run
  • 11 - 12 years old: 75m swim, 2km cycle, 1km run
  • 13 - 15 years old: 100m swim, 2km cycle, 1km run

There will also be a host of prizes from sports packs, a kayak, boogie boards and Sportsco Vouchers that are all random draw. Plus there is a hat, bottle of Hartz Water and certificate for every participant.

Families are urged to get in early, and entry forms are available online at, from local schools, sporting businesses and sports clubs or by calling 03 6229 5600.


Matt Allison
Phone: 03 9937 4624 / 0407 440 212

About Bupa Australia and New Zealand
Bupa Australia and New Zealand’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives. A leading healthcare group, we provide health insurance and aged care services, as well as complementary healthcare services through Bupa Health Dialog, Bupa Wellness, Bupa Optical and Dental Corporation. Bupa focuses on providing sustainable healthcare solutions that represent real value, and on leading the industry in the promotion of preventive health and wellness. Bupa’s Australian and New Zealand businesses are part of the international Bupa Group, which cares for more than 14 million people in over 190 countries.