The 2018 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup is a sprint distance triathlon covering a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. New Plymouth once again played host to the exciting blue carpet spectacle as international and national athletes descended on the city in pursuit of glory.
Todd Energy were proud to support this exciting event, sponsoring those who do it ‘for the love of Triathlon’ – the volunteers.
With four events and over 170 athletes representing 41 countries, the volunteers played a key role in coordinating athletes and supporting officials on the day.
Our very own Kevin Blundell gave his time to ensure the smooth running of the event, and despite the 7am Sunday morning briefing, he loved being a part of the action and managed to learn a lot about triathlon along the way. “”I had a great day supporting the ITU Triathlon World Cup, along with many other volunteers from all walks of life. The day began for me with a community meeting at 7am. I didn’t realise how strict the rules and regulations are for triathlons! The briefing really highlighted how detailed and far reaching the rules and regulations are.”
Todd regularly supports groups, initiatives and events that are actively involved in their communities and committed to the development and promotion of Taranaki as a world class region. This is why we are proud to support ITU Triathlon by supporting their volunteers – the ones who give up their time and energy to facilitate the running of such a significant regional event and major addition to our sporting calendar.
The event was praised for its ability to bring an influx of visitors to the region, continuing to put Taranaki on the map and painting the region as world class in its own right.
With the commonwealth games now underway, the ITU Triathlon played a key part in the athletes’ preparation for the world stage. Nicole van der Kaay who took out second place and a silver medal in the Women’s event, also placed 7th at the Commonwealth Games. The New Zealand team also managed to secure a Bronze in the Mixed Team Relay, with veterans Andrea Hewitt and Ryan Sissons, and new blood Tayler Reid and Nicole van der Kaay putting in a superb performance to secure a converted podium placing. All bar Sissons competed in the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon.
The ITU Triathlon will be back for a ninth year in 2019 and will once again need volunteers to coordinate on the day. If you’re committed to making Taranaki a world class region, boosting the sporting profile of Taranaki on an international stage and want to be a part of the action, why not volunteer?
More information on the 2019 event and how to become a volunteer will be available on the ITU Triathlon website once event dates have been confirmed.