As a sport triathlon has been distinctive in its inclusion of female and male competitors on the same courses with the same challenges and rules. Despite the inclusiveness and unique spirit of our sport, participation rates for female competitors have never matched those of their male counterparts.
Since the launch of the "Women for Tri" initiative in 2015 there has been a strong emphasis on increasing female participation at all levels of triathlon and identifying and diminishing primary barriers to entry, mobilizing advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all distances and representing all athletic abilities.
The Women for Tri returns to the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia again this year with a range of activities that aim to provide content, training resources and practical support that will increase awareness and interest in the sport of triathlon, and unite and empower female athletes of all fitness levels and help them reach their goals.
Australia’s Women for Tri Ambassador, Susané Belkhiati, now a six times IRONMAN finisher, is fully aware of how daunting taking the first steps to compete can be for some women but she is supportive of anyone wanting to overcome the challenges and realize the full depth of their potential.
"I don’t have a background in triathlon. I used to do martial arts and I started doing endurance trail running but then about six years ago I went and watched an IRONMAN in New Zealand and that was it. I signed up about two months later for IRONMAN WA and two weeks later I had to book myself into a swimming club because I didn’t know how to swim. I was absolutely petrified of the water and couldn’t put my head in the water but I thought well If I sign up I will have to do it. So that is exactly what I did. That was how I got into triathlon six years ago."
"My professional background is that I am a resilience practitioner and I work with people to build up their levels of tenacity, composure and emotional intelligence and that type of thing. I do workshops and discuss what are the barriers and talk about the fears. I also have a wellness clinic called active8success and we do a lot of resilience training workshops in the areas of building tenacity or building towards your goals and quite often what I do there I bring it across into my role in Women for Triathlon, my work with the Lakers Triathlon Club in Adelaide and online."
"Endurance is mental, you need it for your business, you need it for your sport so it directly translates. There are definitely skills that I bring across into my work in triathlon. Everything is very informal in Women for Tri but I have a process I put people through to guide them step by step."
Women for Tri will have a large presence at IRONMAN Western Australia and Susané is encouraging all women to come along to all the activities for women being held between 30 November - 3 December, 2017 to find out how they can join the wonderful world of triathlon.
On site in Busselton there will be a pre-race ride on the Thursday, a morning swim on the Friday, the ‘Women For Tri’ breakfast and everyone is welcome to come along across the weekend to the Women for Tri tent to find out how they can get involved in triathlon.
"There are more than 32,000 women on the Women For Tri closed Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri/ and a lot of women know me, so a lot of them chat on there. It is a very supportive and welcoming group."
"The other way people can get in touch with me is through my wellness clinic which is active8success and a lot of people jump on there and ask me bits and pieces. They can also get in touch with me through the Lady Lakers on the Lakers website www.lakers.com.au ," Susané said.
If you would like to be put in contact with a TriClub near you, email
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