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2014 Sam White Memorial Aquathlon

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Why not give an Aquathlon a go this summer at Glenelg ?
With a mandate to try and encourage as many others to experience sport, and in particular aquathlons, the Sam White Memorial Aquathlon holds its 27th annual event on 27th December at Glenelg. The Sam White Memorial Aquathlon offers courses for all ages and abilities, allowing participants to enter as an individual or as part of a relay team.

Sam White Memorial Aquathlon
Commencing the run leg

Sam White died on his 29th birthday in 1988 after being hit by a car whilst cycle training. He had been involved in sport for most of his life. In the 1970's Sam was ranked nationally in the top ten for his age group in the 200m freestyle. By the 1980's he was not only a consistent top five finisher in triathlons, but also the SA Aquathlon Champion. To encourage others to experience the sports he loved, Sam organised triathlons, biathlons and aquathlons for the community generally and secondary schools in particular. His legacy is the spirit of these events and has been actively promoted by Sam's family for the last 27 years as the Sam White Memorial Aquathlon.

Sam White Memorial Aquathlon
Entering the water

The events this year include :
Kids Course - 100m swim/750m run. Minimum age is 7.
Kids Course (run only) - 1.6km Fun Run. For 7-17yr olds.
Short Course 250m swim/1.7km run. Minimum age is 12.
Medium Course 250m swim/1.7km run X 2. Minimum age is 14.
Large Course 250m swim/1.7km run X 3. Minimum age is 14.
Elite Course 1.7km run/500m swim/1.7km run/500m swim/1.7km run. Minimum age is 14.

Sam White Memorial Aquathlon
Crowd Gathering

The Kids Courses are un-timed, non-competitive events for those who just want to have fun and finish. The short, medium and large courses follow an enduro format where participants complete the 250m swim and 1.7km run course once (short), twice (medium), or three times (large). Teams have one swimmer and one runner.

Sam White Memorial Aquathlon
Winning Plaques

Prizes on offer for the various courses include :
Small Course: First male and the first female under 14yrs, 14-15yrs, 16-49yrs, 50 yrs; and both members of the winning relay team.
Medium Course: First male and the first female under 16yrs, 16-17yrs, 18-34yrs, 35-49yrs, 50 yrs; and both members of the winning relay team.
Large Course: First male and the first female under 16yrs, 16-17yrs, 18-19yrs, 20-29yrs, and then in each 10 year age category onwards; and both members of the winning relay team.
Elite Course: Trophies and $2200 prize money will be awarded to first to fifth males and females as: $550, $220, $110, $77 & $55.

In addition to the above, the Aquathlons are the State Championships for Triathlon SA members. Triathlon SA members aged 14 years and older must enter the large course to be eligible for SA Aquathlon Champion awards while members under 14 years must enter the short course.

Events commence from 11am on Saturday 27th December. Entry fees vary depending upon the event chosen and age, but are typically somewhere between $10 and $55 with discounts offered to Triathlon Australia members. For further details refer to either the Event Strategies website or the Triathlon Australia website Alternatively the small facebook page will also provide some details..
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Why? Good fun for the family
When: 27 December 2014
Where: Jetty Road, Glenelg
Cost: $10 to $55 depending upon course and age
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