Aussie kids are Pho3nix kids!
Aussie kids are Pho3nix kids!

The Pho3nix Kids Triathlon by Chris McCormack series in partnership with the Pho3nix Queensland Tri Series and the Pho3nix Gold Coast Triathlon is now halfway through the 2023-2024 season, with the fourth round at QTS Raby Bay just around the corner on 10 December.

The previous season improved on debut season numbers by 6%, and this season is shaping up to fulfill the Pho3nix mission to make sport more accessible for all and provide even more kids with opportunities to have fun and give sport a try.

Already a total of 800 entries have been received not just for this year’s races, but also all the way through the next three QTS rounds in Robina, Caloundra, and Raby Baby to the Pho3nix Kids Gold Coast Triathlon on 6 April 2024 which features triathlon, duathlon, and aquathlon categories for children 7 to 14 as well as fun run options for kids 3 and up.

It’s not just about the participation numbers, although that’s an important part of it. Pho3nix Kids Triathlons by Chris McCormack have also raised nearly AUD $15,000 in contributions for the Pho3nix Foundation over the past three seasons. This support is vital in providing access to sports for underprivileged children around the world and helping emerging athletes reach for their dreams.

Pho3nix Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, is committed to creating a worldwide movement engaging children in sport and physical activity. Since 2018, Pho3nix has brought sport to more than half a million children through sport camps, school outreaches, an activity tracking app, and more than 40 kids triathlons in seven countries. The Pho3nix Future Program has equipped over 160 promising junior athletes with the skills to develop a career in professional sport. And the Pho3nix Athlete Program has assisted over 50 athletes from 25 nations competing in 29 disciplines toward realizing their Olympic dreams and blazing the way for future generations.

We at the Pho3nix Foundation wish you a joyous festive season. See you in the New Year!

The Pho3nix Foundation is off to a good start in Australia!
The Pho3nix Foundation is off to a good start in Australia!

Our partnership with the seven-race Queensland Triathlon Series (QTS) held across south east Queensland, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast has introduced the Pho3nix Kids Triathlon by Chris McCormack at three QTS events so far: Moreton Bay, Raby Bay, and Robina, attracting 350 participants to the kids’ triathlon, with one event remaining in 2021.

As a festive gift from the Pho3nix Foundation, in 2022 all Pho3nix Kids Triathlons by Chris McCormack will be absolutely free of charge to enter.

We have also raised over $1,000 for the Pho3nix Foundation in voluntary contributions during race registration for QTS events.

Rebel Sport vouchers are up for grabs with our Pho3nix Finish Line celebration. Parents are encouraged to post their kids’ best finish pose to Instagram and tag us to enter the draw. The winner is selected every Tuesday after each QTS event and will be sent a Rebel Sport voucher worth $100.

The partnership will culminate with the Pho3nix Gold Coast Triathlon on 2 April 2022.

“It’s all about health and fitness and getting them outside the house rather than sitting and doing computer games. And friendships are really important; they can do it together with other kids,” said Heath Fitzpatrick who signed up his son to race the Pho3nix Kids Triathlon at Robina. “You should have your kids doing as much sport as they can. So get them involved in triathlon, there’s running, there’s swimming, there’s the bike… Being a kid is about the pool in summer, being out biking around the streets, and running around chasing each other.”

See you in Raby Bay this weekend once again for our last race this year.

Pho3nix Foundation partners with Queensland Triathlon Series for Pho3nix Kids Triathlon by Chris McCormack
Pho3nix Foundation partners with Queensland Triathlon Series for Pho3nix Kids Triathlon by Chris McCormack

The Pho3nix Foundation has partnered with the Queensland Triathlon Series in its first foray into the Australian sports scene.

The not-for-profit foundation has acquired naming rights to the Pho3nix Queensland Triathlon Series, and will introduce the Pho3nix Kids Triathlon by Chris McCormack at the Pho3nix Gold Coast Triathlon on 2 April 2022. Participation at the Pho3nix Kids Triathlon is free of charge and features achievable distances designed for fun – 100m swim that is walkable, 1.2km bike ride, and short run.

Queensland has played a major role in Australian triathlon and sports history: it has hosted three triathlon world championships as well as the Commonwealth Games where Australia won gold in the mixed relay. Brisbane’s selection as the 2032 Olympic Games venue is also seen to boost participation in sport and help surface new talent.

Four-time triathlon world champion, Pho3nix Foundation board member, and MANA Sport and Entertainment CEO Chris McCormack underwent his formative years as a triathlete training and racing in Queensland. He says, “That’s why we are so excited to help deliver the first-ever free kids event at the Gold Coast. We have set our sights on 1000 participants, but we want to smash that. This will provide every child the chance to take part with a friend, and enjoy the fun of triathlon.

“Equally, we want to be part of the pathways program for kids who want to develop their skills to whatever level they choose, and those inspired by the performances of all our athletes in Tokyo and have dreams of one day representing Australia.”

For further information or to enter the Pho3nix Queensland Triathlon Series click here.

Pho3nix Kids Tri hits Poland & Switzerland
Pho3nix Kids Tri hits Poland & Switzerland

The Pho3nix Foundation operates kids triathlons for ages 5-14 across Poland and Switzerland. Given the age group, this one is all about participation and confidence in core skills. Next stops for the program: UK, Australia, and Spain. Here we come!