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An Olympic event for parliament with Tata Kids of Steel

5 January 2014 No Comment

Think of good sportsmanship… and the Houses of Parliament and its heated political debates isn’t exactly what you’d think of.

But for the first time in its history, the building had rousing cheers of a different kind when crowds gathered, including local MPs, to cheer on school children taking part in a unique triathlon event.

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Kids rise to Olympic challenge at the Houses of parliament

The 100th triathlon of the Tata Kids of Steel initiative was marked by celebrations at the Houses of Parliament and saw thirty children from five UK schools across the UK row, cycle and run their way to completing an Olympic-length triathlon in just an hour and a half, supported by Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee and Paralympian Lauren Steadman.

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The annual Tata Kids of Steel Triathlon event is a joint venture between Tata Steel and British Triathlon, designed to encourage children to get up and get active whilst also uniting local communities in its effort to give future generations a fun way to get fit.

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Tata Steel is a Corporate Partner of the British Triathlon Federation – the organisation’s charitable arm – the creation of which was actually inspired by Tata Steel’s Kids of Steel series, which has so far seen over 60,000 children enjoy sports and a great day out since it was launched in 2007.

Tata Kids of Steel win gold at Houses of Parliament

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This year’s Tata Kids of Steel Triathlon, which was held between June and September, continued the London 2012 Olympic legacy with over 8,000 young athletes across the UK taking up the challenge to run, swim and cycle 10,000km – the distance between London and the next Olympic host city Rio de Janerio.

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The grand finale of this year’s event at the Houses of Parliament welcomed children from:

  • Coatham Primary School in Redcar,Teesside;
  • Lingfield Primary School, Lingfield, Teesside;
  • Groes Primary School in Swansea;
  • Studfall Juniors in Corby
  • and Baysgath School in Scunthorpe,

who teamed up to achieve their 90-minute Olympic target, finishing the special 100th triathlon with gold-winning performances to inspire 2014’s participants.

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For more details about Tata Kids of Steel, visit: http://www.tatasteeleurope.com/en/company/sponsorship/triathlon/kids_of_steel/

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