Triathlon Ireland, one of the fastest growing sports in the country has teamed up with Europcar Ireland, Europe’s largest car rental company. The two year partnership will see Europcar provide fleet support to Triathlon Ireland and the creation of a Europcar Series of Triathlon events.
The deal provides two Skoda Yetis for Triathlon Ireland staff to use at triathlon events around the country and transport support for athletes in Triathlon Ireland’s elite programme. The Europcar Mini Series will include the following events – Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon, Co. Tipperary, Brian Boru Triathlon Killaloe, Co. Clare and Fingal Triathlon, Blanchardstown. Europcar will also be present at many other triathlons over the course of the season.
Chris Kitchen, CEO of Triathlon Ireland commented, “The Europcar sponsorship deal is fantastic for Triathlon Ireland. We want to offer a service that is second to none to our TI Members, Clubs, Elite Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Event Organizers and Sponsors and this involves a huge amount of travel and logistics. The Europcar Partnership will provide our key staff and Elite Athletes with an efficient and effective way to manage our vehicle requirements.
The vehicles themselves demonstrate Europcar’s thought and understanding of our requirements being supremely practical for our purpose. The vehicle wrap too is a great advert for Triathlon Ireland and our sponsors and will make a positive statement and focal point at any event – I think they look great! We are very proud and honored to be associated with such a well-respected organization and look forward to a long relationship with them”
Europcar CEO, Colm Menton is delighted to be supporting Triathlon Ireland. He said, “Triathlon has shown massive growth in Ireland over the past few years. Its growth trajectory mirrors that of Europcar’s business in Ireland and we have a number of staff who regularly compete in Tri events around the country. We believe that there is a strong synergy between our commitment to customer satisfaction and Triathlon Ireland’s track record in delivering top class athlete focused events.”
Our domestic business through fleet management, replacement car hire and weekend rentals are all showing growth. Some of the key decision makers in Irish business are out competing in Tri events every weekend and we see this as a positive association as it gives us an opportunity to increase awareness while supporting a great sport,” added Menton.
At London2012, Gavin Noble became the first ever Irish male triathlete to compete at the Olympic Games, while in the same year Aileen Reid had the best ever finish in the World Triathlon Series in Madrid. Ireland’s first ever Para Triathlon National Championships took place in Athlone in June, marking a significant step in the development of triathlon sport in Ireland.
Along with the success of senior athletes such as Aileen Reid and Gavin Noble, Triathlon Ireland’s National Junior Squad have also had considerable success. Squad member Con Doherty achieved a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Auckland in 2012 while a number of other squad members achieved top 10 results in international competition.