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Suzuki NZ & Triathlon NZ: Driving Participation

Triathlon NZ is focused on growing and developing the sport for Kiwis of all ages, at all levels – from beginners through to Olympic-level competitors. They provide coaching, inspiration, and support for everyone from kids to high performance athletes. With over 100,000 people taking part in the sport each year, Triathlon NZ plays an integral part in our community’s wellbeing, helping Kiwis to stay healthy and fit, meet new friends and have fun.

Suzuki’s association with Triathlon NZ started with top athletes like Kris Gemmell and Cameron Brown. Over time it became clear that the two organisations share a similar philosophy and core values so the relationship evolved.

“Suzuki have been supporting our sport for about 15 years now, showing outstanding generosity, kindness, integrity and commitment,” says Daniela de Jeu, Business Administrator, Triathlon NZ.

The partnership has been beneficial for both parties with Suzuki providing various kinds of support over the years – anything from safety gear for Technical Officials to training equipment for coaches. Currently Triathlon NZ have the use of five new Suzuki vehicles to help them carry out their work, deliver community programmes and travel to events.

The Suzuki National Championships was launched with the 2017/18 season. It gave the community the opportunity to compete for seven national titles in some of Aotearoa’s greatest locations. It’s now in its fourth season and has become a highly anticipated annual event.

“Suzuki’s support and generosity is incredibly valuable to Triathlon NZ. Our partnership has been long and successful which is an exceptional testament to both our core values and commitment to community,” says Sophie Luther, Communications and Marketing Manager, Triathlon NZ.

Individual Suzuki dealers also supply vehicles to athletes and get involved in community events. For example, David Jones Suzuki sponsored the NZ Schools National Championships and gave all the competitors a free t-shirt.

Win a Swift

For the past 5 years Suzuki has provided Triathlon NZ with the ultimate prize – a brand new Suzuki Swift. At each of the season’s events a single participant is randomly selected to go in the draw. Then at the end of the season there’s a big celebration. The media and everyone from celebrities to supporters come together to watch the grand prize being drawn.

“The Swift giveaway is hugely important to Triathlon NZ as it helps promote our events and drive participation at all levels. By offering such an amazing prize it connects our community with Suzuki. People really engage with it and appreciate Suzuki’s support,” says Sophie.

Want to try a triathlon?

If you’d like to boost your confidence, meet new people and take on the challenge of a tri, the best thing to do is to join one of the many clubs across the country. There are plenty of beginner-friendly events you can take part in, see Triathlon NZ’s website www.triathlon.kiwi