OLYMPIC swimming champion Libby Trickett will be competing in this year’s Australian Corporate Triathlon Series,which raises money for beyondblue and supports people and families affected by depression, anxiety and suicide.
The Olympian and beyondblue Ambassador will be racing in the Gold Coast triathlon on April 29 to raise
awareness of the benefits of exercise in maintaining good mental health.
Libby, who experienced depression as a young athlete, said she was excited to accept the triathlon challenge and hoped the event would encourage others to take up exercise, not just for their physical health but for their mental wellbeing also.
“We’re all so busy with work and family commitments these days and exercising is a great way to wind down and take some time out, just for yourself,” Libby said.
“I make sure I exercise and meditate regularly and I try to get as much quality sleep as I can.
“Depression and anxiety can be treated and it doesn’t have to hold you back. If you’re having a tough time, the
important thing is to talk to someone – it could be your partner, a trus ted friend or GP – and get support that’s right for you.”
Sports Media and Entertainment 360 C E O Mr Martin Jolly said, “it is fantastic to have an Australian sporting icon of the calibre of Libby Trickett participating in the Gold Coast leg of our Corporate Triathlon Series .”
“This Series is great for corporations , as it not only challenges their staff but it creates friendships . It also works as being huge motivation to improve one’s fitness and wellbeing, which is hugely positive for both employer and employee.”
Mr Jolly said there would be participants representing 700 different corporate organisations.
“Across the four events in the Series , we anticipate that in excess of 10,000 people will take part . I would like to wish each and every one the best of luck “ he said.
beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said her organisation was thrilled to partner with Sports Media and
Entertainment 360 for these events , which encourage group exercise and team building in the workplace.
“It’s been proven that regular exercise can be an effective treatment for mild depression,” Ms Harman said.
“Exercising in a group helps prevent social isolation – a risk factor for depression – and training with colleagues can be great way to develop supportive workplace relationships.
“It’s wonderful to see our newest Ambassador and Australian sporting legend Libby Trickett getting involved in this event. She has experienced firsthand how keeping fit and healthy can also boost mental wellbeing.”
The Australian Corporate Triathlon Series, run by Sports , Media and Entertainment 360 holds the event in
Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast, with the Adelaide event first up on February 26.
For help, contact the beyondblue Support Service on 1300 22 4636 or head to www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat or email responses ; for information on getting involved in the event, head to