Young­sters giv­ing the sport a Tri

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

THE West Lan­cashire Sport Part­ner­ship Try Tri event was held at Park Pool, Orm­skirk.

The event is for pri­mary pupils from across all schools in West Lan­cashire to ex­pe­ri­ence tak­ing part in a triathlon and in to­tal, a re­mark­able 841 pri­mary pupils crossed the fin­ish­ing line at the close of play.

The girls and boys tak­ing part all com­pleted a 40 me­tre swim, 800 me­tre bike ride and 400 me­tre run dur­ing the event.

Triathlon is a sport with grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity among men and women, and the young­sters at Park Pool seemed to love the mix of ac­tiv­i­ties.

With the Brown­lee broth­ers’ suc­cesses and sports­man­ship prov­ing an in­spi­ra­tion to chil­dren and adults through­out the UK, triathlon’s pop­u­lar­ity looks cer­tain to con­tinue grow­ing.

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with West Lan­cashire Com­mu­nity Leisure Trust and Ac­tive West Lancs, the event pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the im­por­tance of an ac­tive life­style for young peo­ple across the bor­ough.

Part­ner­ship di­rec­tor Mark Forster said: “Our an­nual Try Tri event is one we look for­ward to through­out the year.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see so many young peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar sport.”

West Lan­cashire Sport Part­ner­ship would like to thank West Lan­cashire Com­mu­nity Leisure Trust for spon­sor­ing this an­nual flag­ship event, which pro­vides so many young peo­ple from across the bor­ough to ex­pe­ri­ence a mul­ti­dis­ci­plined sport.

A fur­ther thank you goes out to Bri­tish Cy­cling and Sefton Cy­cle Hire for pro­vid­ing the bikes for the rac­ing.

THE Skem Men-aces faced their tough­est chal­lenge to date last week­end. They hit the road at 4am for a round trip of 460 miles to West Ham United, where they were in­vited to play in their tour­na­ment. But was it worth the jour­ney? Well, a spokesper­son for the team said: “Hand on heart this tour­na­ment was with­out a doubt the great­est achieve­ment in the his­tory of the Men-aces.”

That would be a re­sound­ing ‘yes’ then.

Af­ter head­ing down to West Ham, the game plan was to try and win one game but these stars had other ideas and were des­per­ate to get a re­sult for team-mate Ken Chad­wick, who is bat­tling cancer.

Af­ter a suc­ces­sion of tough qual­i­fy­ing games, the Aces found them­selves in the semi­fi­nals.

Firstly they had to get past West Ham and af­ter pro­duc­ing the most awe­some dis­play and win­ning 4-2, they reached the fi­nal and were up against the mighty Charl­ton Deaf Team.

Coach Mim said: “I think it would be fair to say that this was one of the most phys­i­cal games that I have ever wit­nessed and many times our lads were flat­tened to the ground.

“I hon­estly do not know where the Men-aces’ guts, re­silience and sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion to win come from but win they did with two truly stun­ning goals and a team per­for­mance that will live with me for­ever.

“Tears flowed, hearts were thump­ing, but­ter­flies were danc­ing, it was so emo­tional.”

The Men-aces were crowned West Ham United In­clu­sive Tour­na­ment win­ners.

Mim added: “This now very fa­mous club just keeps grow­ing to heights that we could have never imag­ined. Long may our suc­cess con­tinue.

“For me, man of the tour­na­ment would go to Josh Scott Win­stan­ley who, when you take into ac­count that he is only 18 and has never played at this level be­fore, was fear­less and so brave. Take a bow, Josh.

“On the jour­ney home – af­ter an ex­plo­sive re-en­act­ment of ev­ery crunch, goal and show­ing of bumps and bruises – the bus fell silent as one by one the lads lay down their weary heads.”

Skem Men-aces at the West Ham United In­clu­sive Tour­na­ment

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