About this memory
The photograph shows the winners of the first ever triathlon in Scotland. This was held at Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC) on 15 May 1984 and was organised by Andrew Grant who taught in the Centre, (second on right on the photo), and was sponsored by WHEC and Edinburgh Bicycle. Some 60 competitors took part.
From this event and others which followed the Edinburgh Triathlon Club was formed and this has gone on to be the largest and most successful tri-club in Scotland with members competing internationally and in all types of events from short distance to Ironman competitions and ultras. The club Edinburgh Triathletes celebrates its 25th birthday this year (2015).
Throughout the country other events were established and clubs formed. Members of these came together at WHEC and formed the Scottish Triathlon Association - now called Triathlon Scotland. From these early beginnings Triathlon Scotland has promoted the sport and devised coaching courses and awards. Like the sport itself the Edinburgh Club and Triathlon Scotland have gone from strength to strength.
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