As you’ve probably already read elsewhere on this blog, I have recently been racing in various age-group triathlon events for Team GB.
So far my international race schedule and results have been:
- May 2012 – British Triathlon Championships, UK – 6th place
- October 2012 – World Triathlon Championships, Auckland New Zealand – 11th place
- June 2013 – European Triathlon Championships, Alanya, Turkey – 1st place
- September 2013 – World Triathlon Championships, London, UK – 9th place
- May 2014 – British Triathlon Championships, UK – 8th place
- June 2014 – European Triathlon Championships, Kitzbühel, Austria
I’ve also competed in plenty of other domestic races and qualifying races.
As you can imagine, travelling to such place to compete is expensive and we get no help from any sports funding. Not only are there costs associated with flights, accommodation, race entry fees and equipment, but many other costs are incurred both during the events and whilst training for it. I’m very proud to be racing for Team GB and I want to make the most of it, but doing so is costly. The Team GB Tri-Suit that I have to wear costs £110 and the race entry fees are often around £250 for starters.
I’m also be training and racing around the UK every day, all of which costs money, but is also an excellent opportunity for me to promote any businesses or individuals that want to sponsor me. I’m therefore looking for potential sponsors to help me continue racing in age-group events for Team GB.
What will Sponsors get from the deal?
I’ll do my best to promote any company that helps me in my endeavours to continue competing in international age-group events. I’m well known and respected in the local community and also in the online community and will advertise my sponsors wherever possible. Triathlon is a fast growing sport and its participants range enormously in age and backgrounds. As a 43 year old family man who has qualified to compete for his country in this exciting sport I feel as though I could be an ambassador for the sport and market my sponsors to a potentially lucrative market.
I’m a prolific blogger and have been blogging about my exploits for the past 9 years. My weblog, A Simple Life of Luxury, which you are probably reading now, currently gets around 10,000 visitors a month. I will continue to publish articles about my training and racing along with any other triathlon related topics and will mention any supporters in such posts.
I comment on many other blogs, forums and other online resources too and as a web developer and marketing assistant I am experienced at generating online exposure and promotion for companies. This is what I do for a living, so I’ll use those skills when promoting my sponsors. I will also write articles that I will try to get published in national magazines and local newspapers in order to get as much coverage as possible for me and in turn my sponsors.
I also run several other popular sports related websites and will mention sponsors on those where possible. Whenever I mention my sponsors online I will include a targeted, search engine optimised link to their website which will not only generate traffic to their sites but will also improve Page Rank and Search Engine Ranking for those websites.
I’m always posting on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/justal), Twitter and Google+ where I have a strong social network of people who hear about my exploits. I share training data in various places such as Garmin Connect, Strava and TriBlogs, have another blog at TriBlogs and generally have a very good online presence where my posts and comments reach and influence a wide range of people from all walks of life.
I’m also a member of and on the committee of many clubs and organisations where individuals get to hear of what I’m doing and will therefore also get to know about any sponsors of mine. Wherever I am, either online or in the real world, my sponsors will be prominent too. I’m vice chairman of one local triathlon club and an active member of another and also train with the local swimming, cycling and running clubs where I am well know.
As part of any sponsorship deal I’ll go out of my way to promote my sponsors through a wide range of channels. Through these I will be an ambassador for the sport of Triathlon and any sponsors that help me compete in it.
I hope you feel that I am someone that you would like promoting and representing your company and that you can find some way of sponsoring me. Larger sponsors will obviously get more coverage, but anything you can do to help would be appreciated. Please let me know if you can help and hopefully we can come to an arrangement that will be of mutual benefit.
You can find information about the British Age Group Triathlon Teams here: http://www.britishtriathlon.org/great-britain-teams/age-group
If you would prefer just to help out with a small donation then I’ve set up a Fund within PayPal and you can use the button below to donate.