Breaking Down Barriers with TriHeroes

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Teamwork for Triathlon

St Bernadette’s Special School and the students of Errigal College, Letterkenny came together recently for a series of unique TriHeroes sessions in Donegal.

More than 40 students from both schools took part jointly in Triathlon Ireland's TriHeroes programme.

St Bernadette's caters for students with mild learning disabilities, making the course unique as it allowed pupils take part in sport with mainstream pupils from Errigal College. 

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Over the course of six weeks, pupils from both schools met up twice a week to swim, run or bike together as they learned the fundamentals of triathlon.

As well as gaining confidence in the sport, the students were able to mix and have fun in a healthy, safe environment.

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Achievement For All

The course concluded with a special mini-triathlon event at the Aura Leisure Complex where all students were presented with a special certificate of achievement by local sporting hero Danny Ryan.

Awards were also presented to Gordon Wilison and Francis Lafferty from St Bernadette’s; and Jack Holian and Lara McLaughlin from Errigal College. Ania Mikolajeka and John Doherty from St Bernadette’s and Gabriella Wawrzyniak and Jamie Kelly from Errigal College won the coveted prizes for most improved athletes.

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Triathlon Ireland development officer Michael Black said the schools got extremely involved in triathlon over the six week course, to the extent that they even had their own special triathlon team t-shirts made up.

He said he expects to see a number of the students go on to even bigger things.

"They absolutely loved it and have already been on to us to do something again so I expect some of them will be doing a full triathlon this summer."

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About TriHeroes

Tri-Heroes helps teachers introduce and deliver triathlon activities to pupils whilst supporting the needs of the school to deliver the necessary Physical Education progression for all pupils.

With the kind support of the programme sponsor Barilla, TriHeroes brings together the lifelong activities of swimming, cycling and running to inspire, motivate and challenge children. TriHeroes is fun, varied, challenging and suitable for all pupils whether as part of the curriculum or after school activity.

At the end of the course (which is normally run over six 90min sessions), each student gets the chance to take part in a mini-triathlon, giving them a sense of accomplishment and allowing them participate in a safe and positive environment.

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