The community event with something for everyone – the GAME Traffic and Contracting YMCA Aquathon – will be held at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 25 October from 6.30pm.
this year the team at the Wangaratta YMCA is thrilled to welcome onboard GAME Traffic and Contracting as major sponsor of the Aquathon.
WISAC Community Development Specialist, Trish Storer said that GAME Traffic and Contracting will not only give their crowd and event management expertise to the event, but had also put up prize-money for the Overall Male and Female Long Course champions.
"Having partnered with GAME previously we know that they have a genuine sense of community and are willing to support an event focussed on health and activity as well as support a wonderful local cause - YMCA Open Doors."
This popular event has always attracted a great crowd and this year looks bigger than ever with the addition of a new category designed especially for YMCA Swimming lesson students, plus cash prizes in the Adult long course events. Additionally, this year's GAME Traffic & Contracting Aquathon will feature a Masters category for the first time - offering prizes for the Over 40s in the Long Course and Short Course events.
Ms Storer says the new category, along with the Junior and Primary age, short course and long course options, means the Aquathon will have even greater appeal.
"We are also offering incentive prizes to the sarchool, workplace and clubs that have the most Aquathon entries - they can win a 6 month YMCA membership which they can use as a raffle or auction item or as a special award."
The run and swim event has always attracted a diverse range of participants – including school children, athletes keen for some cross-training, Fun Run enthusiasts and those just keen to put their fitness to the test.
“The best part about the YMCA Aquathon is the friendly atmosphere – it’s fantastic seeing everyone cheer the competitors on,” said Ms Storer.
“Last year we had a number of parent and child teams, alongside a few of our members who wanted to test the waters of a competition, and some members keen to challenge their fitness. Plus we had great support from local basketballers who used it as a training run, and football and netballers in a social pre-season – they really enjoyed the chance to do something a bit different.”
Ms Storer added that all proceeds of the GAME Traffic and Contracting Aquathon go to YMCA Open Doors, the YMCA’s local charity which assists people in the community to access programs and facilities at WISAC to improve their health and wellbeing.
“The fact that, by participating in a healthy and active community event, you are helping people in our community to lead healthy and happy lives, is a great incentive to get involved”, Ms Storer said.
Registrations and more information about the GAME Traffic & Contracting Aquathon are available at right and at Customer Service at WISAC. Entry fees are payable at WISAC, including a special Early Bird discount for adults that register before 18 October. Registrations will be taken on the night up to 30 minutes prior to each event.