Volunteers needed for Superhero Tri, an event dedicated to people with disabilities
This week it's National Volunteering Week (1-7 June), and Superhero Tri, are asking for volunteers to help with the only triathlon event dedicated to the UK’s 12.9 million people with disabilities
Nearly 2,000 participants are expected to take part at the event, which takes place on 19 August at Dorney Lake.
Big, bold and gutsy, the trailblazing event is being broadcast by Channel 4 and will see more than 20 Paralympians and TV personalities, from David Weir to the Last Leg’s Adam Hills, joining in the fun. They are taking part to show their support for a series that removes restrictive rules and regulations that can prevent or deter people with disabilities from taking part in mass-participation events.
Superhero Tri is looking for a force of ‘Super Sidekicks’ (volunteers) to create an all-round sensational experience for everyone involved.
There are plenty of noble roles that need to be filled at the debut event, which is based at the world-class Olympic and Paralympic rowing venue Dorney Lake, in Windsor.
“Our Sidekicks are crucial in helping us to make this a fantastic day out for everyone,” says Paralympian and Superhero Series founder Sophia Warner.
“We already have a 100-strong Sidekick force signed up, which is fantastic, but we want to double that number! There are roles for absolutely everyone, whatever your experience or skill set, and we’d really love to encourage people with disabilities to volunteer and help us make this a truly awesome event. If you fancy making a difference, doing some celebrity spotting and being part of something quirky and fun, this is the event for you!”
To join Superhero Tri’s super Sidekicks, visit www.superheroseries.co.uk/sidekicks-volunteers.
Super Sidekick roles needed:
Registration Sidekicks: based at the hub of this well-oiled machine, these Sidekicks set the super-charged tone as they greet Superheroes, oversee registrations and administer race packs and info to ensure everyone is ready for action
Bag Drop Sidekicks: stationed in the drop zone, these bionic bag handlers will take in and ticket up bags swiftly and smoothly, giving our Superheroes a hassle-free lead up to the mission’s star.
Course Sidekick: these super-efficient marshals will keep our three course stages running like clockwork. They will be sending waves off at the right times, keeping the course clear, directing the way and using all their persuasive powers to encourage our Superheroes towards their mission’s end.
Finish Line Sidekick: The first people to greet our Superheroes as they cross the line, these guys need stellar lungs and a super-watt smile. They will make sure the finishers cross the timing mats before sending them on to the transition areas to let the celebrations commence.
Up-For-Anything Buddy Sidekick: for all-round sporting supermen and women who are game to assist our Superheroes over any distance or stage – or even multiple missions if need be. If a team is a man down at the last minute, we hope you will be ready to step in and save the day.
Swim Buddy Sidekick: a super-competent swimmer, you will be asked to bring your wetsuit and goggles ready to dive in and help guide and accompany your Superheroes in the open water. Rest assured there will be a full water safety team on hand. Your goal is to instil confidence and keep spirits high.
Bike Buddy Sidekick: our spin doctors will be asked to come prepared with their own wheels and will accompany our superheroes and generally chivvy, coax and cheer our knight riders on their way
Push/Run Buddy Sidekick: these lucky buddies will be pushing or accompanying our Superheroes for the glory push/run home and using all their persuasive powers to encourage them towards their mission’s end
The Series will feature a number of events, including:
Mass-participation triathlons and triathlon relays over three distances (sprint, half and full). Non-disabled friends and family can participate in the relay provided one relay team member has a disability.
Sidekick Tri – a unique triathlon where those with disabilities can be propelled around the whole course.
They can be towed round the swim and pushed and pulled around the bike and run stages.
Celebrity Superhero Tri with team captains recruiting teammates to join them on a triathlon relay team