March 2nd saw the huge O Day festival take place at UTS, with 200 stalls representing all the clubs and activities you can get involved with at the university. It is just one of the activities that takes place at the start of the year as part of Orientation Week, to welcome new students to the uni and help them get prepared for the year ahead. Being an affiliated club, Balance & UTS Triathlon Club had a prime position in the sports section and attracted lots of attention. Our stall was manned by myself and Rebecca Putna for the duration of the day.
Our partnership with UTS allows us to offer free club membership to UTS students which is a huge selling point. Another great thing about our club is that once you join, you don’t have to pay per session, unlike other clubs. The new students seemed really interested in the sessions we run, while others wanted to know about competing in Uni Games races for UTS. The Uni Games Triathlon Championship is spread out across the year, with points added up from each race that we compete in. We have won the title for 5 years straight and are looking to continue that streak this year, starting strong this weekend with 3 competitors in the Mooloolaba Triathlon on Sunday.
Of course we also had some inquiries from people who have never done triathlon before, including whether it is an “inside or outside sport”, whether we do the same three sports each time and whether we always do them in the same order. Can you remember back to a time when you didn’t know about triathlon at all?
At the days’ end, we had 35 expressions of interest and I sent out an email to them all to give them some more information about the club. Hopefully we will see some of them around in the coming months.