Triathlon Ireland and Renault Ireland have agreed a three year sponsorship which will see Renault named the ‘Official Vehicle of Triathlon Ireland’.
Leading car manufacturer Renault will supply the National Governing Body with a fleet of vehicles to include three Renault Captur’s and a Master Van.
Popularity in the sport of triathlon has seen an explosion over the past number of years with the elite level World Triathlon Series watched by a TV audience of 250 Million in 2014. Closer to home, Ireland now has the third highest per capita participation rates in Triathlon worldwide, with membership of the Governing Body increasing by 159% since 2009 to almost 10,000 today.
Scott Graham, Triathlon Ireland Communications & Sponsorship Manager added, “having the support of Renault is a massive boast for Triathlon Ireland as we strive to make the sport even more accessible and continue to grow and develop it across the country.”
“There are now 85 clubs nationwide, 30 of which are now catering for junior triathletes along with 190 sanctioned events. Our multisport races range from the beginner friendly try-a-tri distances up to the more challenging full distance events and include triathlons, aquathlons, duathlons, aquabiking, cross triathlon and paratriathlon.”
“Renault have a wide range of vehicles to suit our every need, they really are the perfect triathletes car, so we’re delighted to have formed this partnership.”
Rio Olympic Games hopeful, Bryan Keane was on hand for the launch as he transitioned between a 3 hour morning bike session and an evening swim session in the National Aquatic Centre. With the opening round of the World Triathlon Series taking place in Abu Dhabi on the 7th of March, Keane was pleased with his preparation.
“Training has gone well and I feel like I’m in pretty good form. It’s always difficult to predict how you’re going to get on in the first big race of the season but I’m aiming for a good result and looking forward to hearing some of the Irish supporters out on course.”
Lynne Boucher, Marketing Manager, Renault Group Ireland commented “It’s fantastic to see the growth and interest in Triathlon in Ireland over the last few years.”
“We’re delighted to be on board for the next three years as the official vehicle of Triathlon Ireland, with 3 Capturs and a Master Van on the Triathlon Ireland fleet.”
“The Captur in particular is a great fit with Triathlon Ireland. Triathletes are all about adventure, dedication and endurance and Captur is known for its unwillingness to compromise between style and performance as well as its reliability, with a 5 year warranty as standard. We’re looking forward to the three years ahead!”
Renault and Dacia continue to be Ireland’s fastest growing network with 26 dealerships nationwide, all of which operate a branch of its own bank.