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. Last September, beyondblue was unveiled as the official charity of the National Corporate Triathlon Series in Australia, helping to put a focus on mental health awareness in the workplace.
Olympian and beyondblue ambassador Libby Trickett will be racing in the Gold Coast triathlon on 29 April 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 trusted friend or GP – and get support that’s right for you.”
Sports Media and Entertainment 360 (SME360) CEO 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.“
He continued, noting that 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.”
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,” she 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 first-hand 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.