Behind the scenes: September 2010

The 2010 season closes on a good note, with above 250 athletes, a Sprint triathlon, Olympic triathlon & children's splash & dash. 

This has been the hardest season yet. With 5 races on the calendar, including the new half-iron distance of Astros, and races scoring above 200 athletes - expectations were high and we were committed to provide the best we could. The timing system was getting great results, on-line results available the evening of each race. We worked hard to maintain the spirit of the series whilst growing and developing our level of service. 

In conjunction with this, the incessant battle with the National Federation had reached a high and we wondered for the first time whether we should just throw the glove and leave the ring. 

What was there to get? So much harrassment and the sense, always, that we were considered to carry some sort of criminal activity... I was a lawyer and I have a strong sense of ethics and I go by the rules. Then I found myself (and this business) in a place where there was no rule. I tried my utmost to study around me, applying british rules, french rules, to fill the gaps around me. And yet here were all those claims, convocations to police stations, to various authorities, hours spent writing justifications, answering legal threats... 

We put it all in the balance. And at the end of 2010, despite all the tiredness, once more, the enthusiasm for the sport, the passion to share and the excitment to keep growing this sports community on our own won over all other considerations. 

There would be a 2011 season, and as always, it would be bigger, better and with more variety. We would use the inter-season to sort out what could be sorted, then head straight at it...

Schiniathlon video

Short story of Schininathlon, the classic triathlon event at Schinias bay, Athens, Greece"

Video shot during Schiniathlon events of 2011 and produced by Transition Sports