Each year professional athletes and enthused amateurs from around Australia take part in Newcastle's premier sporting event, the Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon, to raise funds for various local charities and sporting groups. This year the Triathlon will be held on 26 February—the 24th consecutive year Sparke Helmore has supported this great community event.
Sparke Helmore staff and families support the cause by volunteering to help out with race activities and take part in the Triathlon's numerous events. Sparke Helmore Community and Pro Bono Partner, Tony Deegan, has been competing in the Triathlon for the past 23 years.
"John Davis, a former managing partner of the firm, came up with the idea for us to hold Newcastle's first corporate triathlon back in 1994, which the locals immediately got behind. I'd never been a great athlete but enjoyed swimming, so volunteered to do the swim leg in a team race that year. There were waves of starters for the swim and it was a real scramble, with competitors climbing over each other to get ahead and into the water. It was on for young and old and there were no beg-pardons.
I have since participated in every single Triathlon and think it is a terrific opportunity to help HMRI get much-needed funds for medical research. Another great thing about the Triathlon is that it's a chance for our staff and their families to band together for the cause. Whether it's being involved as a volunteer marshal out on the course or as a competitor, being on the organising committee or cheering on our colleagues and then enjoying a team lunch in our marquee—it's a fantastic staff day. This year's event was no different, with people coming from our offices across the country and kids of staff putting in a great effort as volunteers."
For more information on the Triathlon visit http://newcastlecitytriathlon.com.au/