WARRNAMBOOL Tri Club hopes an open forum tonight will generate support for an all-abilities triathlon this summer.
The club will host the forum at Hotel Warrnambool from 7pm with a view to staging the event as part of the South West Sufferfest in March 2014.
Club president Dean Picken said triathlon officials wanted people involved with the disability sector in Warrnambool to attend.
“We’re trying to get some of the key players together,” he said.
“It’s a call to arms to see if we’ve got enough interest to make it happen, have we got the necessary skill sets,” he said.
“It’s going to be a one-hour meeting to form a subcommittee to get it off the ground.
“I’ve got no experience running an all-abilities triathlon so we need others to come along and help us out.”
Picken said early discussions suggested the event would involve a 100-metre swim/water walk, a two or three-kilometre bike ride and a one-kilometre walk or run.
Competitors could enter as an individual, part of a team or with an assistant.
Warrnambool City Council rural access project officer Paul Lougheed will be among the attendees, along with carers and representatives of Mpower.
“We need to look at what are the logistical issues, how hard will this be to pull off, what funding and resourcing will we need,” Picken said.
“It’s purely a community-based event, not-for-profit.
“It’s going to be fairly informal. I’m going to chair it and run it as an open forum for everyone to put in their ideas,” Picken said.