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Sponsorship OpportunitesBIGBADTRIKID
Nov 21, 2001 11:02 AM
HEy. I'm 16. I'm a very competitive triathlete and when my rankings come in I'll probably be ranked in the top 5 for the 15 and under age group. (I turned 16 after the season was over.) I finished in the top 30 in the big races and in the top 20 in the smaler races and I just started last year. I would like to go pro and finish well in Kona, go to the olympics and compete on the ITU World Cup circuit in the future. But for now I was wondering what you think my chances of getting a small sponsorship would be. My parents have been supporting me and now they are a little bit finacially drained. I'm out growing my bike and I'm going to need a new one soon but thats not what I'm asking for. I don't want a sponsorship so I can get top of high end equipment I just need some help with entrance fees and maybe a coach during the summer. If you think you can help me or give me advice it would be appreciated greatly. If you are from a company and maybe want to sponsor me send me and email or respond to this and I'll give you some results and background info on myself. Thank You.
re: Sponsorship Opportunitesrich8
Nov 24, 2001 8:20 PM
Before you delve into the world of sponsorships, I advise you ask yourself if you wish to compete in any college level sports. If you accept anything in the way of gear or money from a company (or anyone at all for that matter) as a direct consequence of your athletic preformances and abillities, you will forfiet your NCAA athletic elegibility for any sport. You sound like a very athletic kid who will likely earn a large scholorship in one of the three disciplines of triathlon. Would a large scholorship help you out more than a small sponsorship deal?
Good Luck
re: Sponsorship OpportunitesSaul Rosenburg
Dec 12, 2001 7:35 PM
I laughed when I read this cause you must be joking but its very sweet. seriously if you are really 16 then you should write to companies rather than post something here cause this wont get you dick. you shoulda signed your name at least. if you want real advice for tri then email me.
Jan 5, 2002 1:29 PM
The #1 ranked age-grouper goes to my school, but he is not sponsored.
Why? Because, if you get any sort of money, you will lose your Division I eligiblity. That's a lot of scholarship money and free coaching that you are losing.
If you feel that you are not good enough for Division I, then a sponsorship wouldn't hurt you.
re: Sponsorship OpportunitesAdvise for 16 yo
Feb 27, 2002 8:42 AM
I've got some advise for you that may surprise you.

If what you're seeking is Sponsorships, you need to be in the spotlight, and competeing in the age groups as a 15 or 16 year old will not get you any attention. I suggest in your next race that you enter as an elite and compete with the big boys.

You perform as good as you say and you'll have no problem getting the attention of the sponsors.