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What has the East ever done for us?

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Interview with Richard Fuller, Triathlon England Council Representative for the East Region and Director for the Eastern Regions (London, South East, East)

Editor: Hi Richard, thank you for your time, just who are the East Region Committee and what do they ever do to help us triathletes?
 
Richard: We are all triathletes from clubs across the region who volunteer to help develop and promote our sport. The committee has a representative at the Triathlon England Council and combined with London and South East a director on the British Triathlon Board. Those representations lead to the initiation of programmes of activity to help improve our sport nationally which is disseminated through the regional committees to the clubs.
 
Editor: So apart from representation of views and dissemination of developments what has the East committee ever done for us triathletes?
 
Richard: Jonathan, our Region’s Technical Officials coordinator ensures the region has a high number of trained technical officials who can oversee the quality and safety of the region’s events. These officials can help when things go slightly astray at events and, if necessary, the committee would be the next escalation point if those issues can’t be resolved on the day.
 
Editor: So apart from supporting events, being a point of escalation, representation and dissemination what has the East committee ever done for us triathletes?
 
Richard: The regional committee commissioned and support the Regional Relays, a fabulous addition to the region’s calendar and a fantastic event based at Box End Lake just outside Bedford organised by Go Beyond.
 
Editor: Ah yes, they are great fun and pretty well attended.
 
Richard:  Yes a good number of clubs within the region send teams to the relays at Bedford.  The event also attracts teams from outside the region and is open to teams from outside of clubs.
 
Editor: So, apart from regional relays, escalation point, supporting events, dissemination and representation what has the East committee ever done for us triathletes?
 
Richard: We coordinate the East Region Adults League, Club League and Championship events as well as coordinating the East Region Children’s League.
 
Editor: East is the only region with a Club League and one of only a few with an Adult’s League and Championship races?
 
Richard: Yes, that’s right and there is no additional charge to enter into the league or championships, members of Triathlon England who listed themselves as East Region when they joined will automatically appear in the league and qualify for any trophies at the championship events.
 
Editor: You don’t charge participants to cover your cost of trophies?
 
Richard: No, the committee funds the trophies, we see this as a way to improve competition within the region, giving our triathletes an extra challenge and an extra benefit for Triathlon England membership over and above the excellent benefits already available.
 
Editor: So, apart from the regional league and championships, the regional relays, providing an  escalation point, supporting events, dissemination of information and representation what has the East committee ever done for us triathletes?
 
Richard: We provide coaching bursaries to East Clubs to get new clubs their first Level  2 or two Level 1 coaches qualified. We also provide funding support for existing clubs as they aim to get new Level 1 or Level 2 coaches trained.
 
Editor: How do clubs apply for those coaching bursaries?
 
Richard: Simply contact our Regional Manager.  You know that the committee also support the Coach Education team and Coaches Personal Develment (CPDs) across the region such as Skill School?
 
Editor: So apart from coaching bursaries, supporting CPDs, the regional league and championships, the regional relays, providing an  escalation point, supporting events, dissemination of information and representation what has the East committee ever done for us triathletes?
 
Richard:  We support the region’s Academy and Skill School. These are two centrally funded initiatives with coaches in place to run the initiatives, the committee are involved in the recruitment and day to day support for these coaches. Skill School is aimed at our younger triathletes and is designed to provide coaching for the essential triathlon skills in a fun and active environment. For the slightly older children who are starting to show high quality performances the Region’s Academy is the first rung on the ladder towards Olympic glory.
 
Editor: So apart from Skills School and Academy support, coaching bursaries, running the regional league and championships, the regional relays, providing an escalation point, supporting events, dissemination of information and representation what has the East committee ever done for us triathletes?
 
Richard: The annual awards programme. This is a centrally coordinated initiative aimed at recognising the time and effort that officials, coaches, volunteers and put into the sport as well as excellence within our clubs and events. The committee decides the award winners for the region  that will be put forward for the Triathlon England and British Triathlon awards.
 

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