When at IM70.3 Port Macquarie this year I noticed a lot, and I mean a LOT of athletes in Tri Freeedom kit, so I thought I would investigate further as I knew nothing abut them.
The time and money that athletes can invest in this sport can often lead to the impression that they are selfish and materialistic people. Tri Freedom is attempting to get athletes to channel their efforts in a different direction. Their presence at Port Mac was one of a cohesive and friendly club with lots of members of all abilities and plenty of volunteers helping out. So I decided to try and track them down and find out what they were about, and Im glad I did as Tri Freedom's Mia Cotterell-Dormer explained.
Trifreedom is a registered Charity that raise money and awareness for the fight against Human Trafficking. www.trifreedom.org.au
We partner with a global organisation called The A21 Campaign.
We are based in Tamworth NSW. Most of our team come from here but we also have many team members from Sydney, Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Brisbane.
We are not a club as such but a group of people who participate in a sport we love whilst making a difference to others much less fortunate.
All of the people involved in the organisation of Trifreedom are volunteers as we are a charity and not for profit organisation. All the money we raise goes directly to A21 for the rescue of victims and their various programs they run with a goal of abolishing this hideous crime in the 21st Century.
Anyone can race with Trifreedom and only need to contact us through the website if they want to be involved. We go to Port Macquarie 70.3 triathlon every year. We have been for the last 4 years and this year we took a team of 120 people who competed. We also had a large amount of support crew who helped make the atmosphere and race day something really special.
Competitors fund their own race entry and usually buy a team race kit (not compulsory) from our custom gear made at Scody to help raise awareness on race day and to help our team look awesome! :)
We have a coach, Melinda Cockshutt who provides generic programs for the trifreedom team 20 weeks out from race day and we usually have many small training groups that try and hook up for training sessions.
We also do other events throughout the year for general fitness like Tamworth Running festival and Suck it up buttercup mud run. We also support our local Tri Club Tamworth Triathlon Club which many of us race throughout the season here locally. They are also a great support to us.
Our aim is to use what's in our hands to make a difference in our community and beyond. We started with a team of 11 in 2011 which has grown every year to 120 this year. We have raised over $160,000 for A21 and raise much needed awareness in our Schools, Uni's and our community.
Anyone can be involved either by being a competitor or any way they feel would contribute to making a stand against this crime.
Contact us through the website.