Hartlepool pair aim to make town a hotbed of water sports

Matt Turnbull, left, and Gary Wilson.
Matt Turnbull, left, and Gary Wilson.

Two Hartlepool men are hoping to make the town the UK home of water endurance sports.

Triathletes Matthew Turnbull and Gary Wilson have set up a company called Trigma.

This passion that has driven our private lives is something that we want to progress and create a bigger hub for athletes in the town.

Matt Turnbull

Along with its sister firm Forever Fit Coaching and Personal Training, it is on a mission to make the town a force to be reckoned with in duathlon.

Matthew qualified for four world and European multi sports championships in both triathlon and duathlon and was in the top ten in Europe at the Kitzbuhel European Triathlon championships.

Gary got a bronze medal at the European Triathlon Championships in Ponteverdra, Spain, in 2011, even though he had a torn calf muscle.

Both are Hartlepool men and teachers. Matthew said: “This passion that has driven our private lives is something that we want to progress and create a bigger hub for athletes in the town.

“We are mixing it with the best in the world and we want to attest that anything we can do, we are sure other people can do.

“We hope to have a legacy in our area.”

Trigma was one of three companies - with Hartlepool Marina and the Jacksons Wharf pub - which organised the first ever MarinaFest water sport festival in Hartlepool.

The event could become a three-day attraction for next year and Matthew added: “We want to make Hartlepool a centre for excellence for multi-sports.

“We want to make the marina the home for multi sports and make this a long-term legacy.”

Gary said: “We want to develop multi sports in Hartlepool and are hoping to develop the sport further in the town.”