Press Release

After many months of hard work, Richmond based Optima Racing Team Triathlon Club has been awarded the prestigious Clubmark award from Sport England for their dedication to creating a child friendly Junior section. Furthermore they have also been awarded the British Triathlon Federation Starmark Award the mark of a quality Triathlon Club.

These awards recognise that the club are working to the high standards that British Triathlon and Sport England endorse and that the volunteers within the club are well organised and educated in running a sports club to create a friendly and safe environment for its members in which to train and compete.

The club prides itself on the quality of its coaching. Athlete to coach ratios are kept at a level where coaching can be delivered effectively both at a team and individual level ensuring each athlete’s development is maximised. The club caters for all ages and all abilities of triathletes from beginner to professional.

Optima Racing Team has worked tirelessly to help kids in South West London. The club runs regular events for children and provides a complete junior programme for kids in the area.

British Triathlon Federation’s Regional Programme Manager Jon Train has said ““British Triathlon would like to congratulate Optima Racing Team on this superb award. Achieving Clubmark accreditation and Starmark accreditation recognises the high quality and safe environment that the Optima Racing Team have created and highlights the dedication and hard work of all the coaches, committee and club members.””

James Beckinsale Head Coach for Optima Racing Team has said “Achieving these awards demonstrates our continued efforts to improving our club for both junior and senior members. We have developed the club over the last 10 years and we will continue to improve our club and increase participation in triathlon.”

“It is great to see so many juniors taking up triathlon. It is a fantastic way for them to be fit and active and learn three different disciplines. They are the future of our sport.”

The club are always looking for new members. For more information on the club visit

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