Tim Cahill visits Macarthur to encourage participation in local TRYathlon

Tim Cahill has a message for Macarthur kids – grab a friend and join the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.

The Aussie soccer legend visited Camden this week to promote the February event where kids will ride bikes, swim and run for fun.

Mr Cahill is a TRYathlon ambassador and spent time chatting with children this morning (Wednesday, January 9) about the upcoming event.

The former Socceroo said the TRYathlon, which is being held in Camden for the first time, was all about getting kids active and involved.

“The biggest thing is about inspiring them, not so much competing,” he said.

“Everyone wins a medal, everyone spends the day smiling.

“It’s something different for the family to do.

“I’ve been to a few of them before and tens of thousands of kids across Australia get involved.”

Mr Cahill said it was sometimes hard for children to try new things, but the TRYathlon was definitely worth the effort.

“I was one of those kids who was nervous to join in activities,” he said.

“I joined a soccer team when I was very young, but I was lucky because I played up a grade and had my brother in the same team.

“I encourage everyone to bring a friend, brother, sister, neighbour or cousin.

“People are always nervous for things like this but if you share it with a friend – that’s the key.

“Just getting involved teaches the right messages about healthy lifestyles and being involved in the community.”

Mr Cahill said he was pleased the event was reaching Camden for the first time, as he felt a connection with the area.

“I live overseas now, but I’m pretty much a local boy,” he said.

“I used to live out west and family is still out here – my sister lives here, my physio is here, my cousins all play rugby out here.

“The TRYathlon is a really great lift for the community.”

Sisters Mia (12) and Lily (seven) Cooper will both be participating in the event this year.

Mia loved her first go last year and looks forward to participating with her little sister.

“My favourite part is riding the bike,” she said.

“I think everyone should give it a go.”

Lily said she was “excited” to take part and was particularly keen to swim.

Their mum Natalie said she was happy her kids wanted to take part.

“I’ve been involved in a couple of triathlons myself and this is such a great opportunity for them,” she said.

Mount Annan’s Krystal Fairley, nine, is also buzzing about taking part.

She is most looking forward to running.

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will be held on Sunday, February 24 at Onslow Oval and Camden War Memorial Pool.

Early bird registrations at a discounted price close on Sunday, January 13, so organisers are encouraging parents to secure their places sooner rather than later.

To register and find our more information, visit www.tryathlon.com.au.