The Scone Triathlon club has received a funding grant as part of the 'Finish Lines, not Finish Times' initiative created by Triathlon NSW.
Triathlon NSW (TNSW) announced on Monday, October 25 the Scone club would be included in its latest round of grants, enabling the club to host a women's training program and triathlon event in November 2021.
Scone Triathlon Club president Nicky Western praised TNSW for the organisation's program to encourage more women to participate in the sport.
"The funding we received last season enabled Scone tri club to deliver a fantastic training program followed by a social participation event for females who wanted to give triathlon a go," Ms Western said.
"The participants really appreciated the opportunity to ask questions, take things at their own pace and be fully supported to complete a triathlon with other first timers."
Ms Western said the program was a great initiative to break down barriers to participation for women in the sport of triathlon.
A two-week training program will commence on Friday, October 29 with a bike skills session followed by a social event.
A triathlon organised by the Scone club will then take place on Sunday, November 14 starting at the Scone Memorial Swimming Pool.
TNSW received $28,000 in funding from the NSW government as for the 2020-21 financial year as part of the 'Her Sport Her Way' program, and the organisation said it would use the funds to support triathlon clubs across NSW in promoting inclusive sports experiences for women and girls.
Apart from the Scone club, TNSW announced 21 other clubs would receive funding as part of the program with 15 of those clubs based outside of metropolitan Sydney.
Elsewhere in the Upper Hunter, Singleton Triathlon Club was also announced a grant recipient under the program, and the club will host a similar women's triathlon event in February, 2022.
Triathlon NSW CEO Adam Wicks said there had been a significant increase in the quantity and quality of applications from all areas of the state seeking funding for women's programs.
"Everything about this program is what Triathlon NSW prides itself on," Mr Wicks said.
"We exist to support local clubs with programs and strategies to engage with their local community and encourage participation, which leads to membership growth".