Interview with Fintan Kennedy
Fintan Kennedy is the Group Finance Director for Sealyham Investments Limited, active member of the Jersey Triathlon Club and Co-ordinator for the Aztec Jersey Triathlon Academy and Jersey partner for Super League Triathlon.
“Can do attitude”
Too many times I’ve come across the attitude that we “can’t do this because…” and indeed when Nick Saunders and I first voiced the opportunity to bring Super League Triathlon to Jersey, many thought it was a joke and others said we would never get the necessary permissions to close down roads or harbours. Well we did! We actually have very cooperative states members and civil servants who worked closely with us to make it happen, so I would encourage anyone who has an idea for a large scale event to go for it. We have a wonderful Island with so much to offer and we need to spread the word!
“A voice for sport in politics”
For Super League Triathlon, we were very fortunate to have the support of the Economic Development department; Lyndon Farnham as well as his assistant Minister Steve Pallett are both passionate sports people. It is fantastic now to see Jersey Sport inspiring an active community. But to me they (and all sports in the Island) need a specific voice, a Minister for Sport if you like to provide that extra push and gravitas to sport, whether that is from a recreational or competitive point of view.
“Too many vehicles”
The Island has way too many vehicles. At the end of 2017, there were over 125,000 cars registered on the Island and the number of cars per household at 1.5 was higher than the UK at 1.2. Whilst we have wonderful cycling lanes on the Island, I would like to see further networks developed to encourage a more active but safe environment to cycle / walk on. The bus service continues to improve, with modern buses and a more frequent schedule. This helps to alleviate the congestion on our roads and ultimately improves our environment and, as a consequence, health.
“Sport facilities and event led tourism”
I think we have a great opportunity to develop our sports offering on the Island. What Ben Harvey is trying to achieve with his state of the arts facility will be fantastic for the Island if he pulls it off. It will provide a platform for schools, sports and community groups as well élite athletes and paying gym users. If we are to develop sports led tourism, we need the facilities: a 50m swimming pool and a purpose built cycling track come to mind. “Build it and they will come…”. Super League Triathlon is a great example of what we can achieve when the community works together and I would encourage as many people as possible to come and participate in our Super League Age Group events open to all this year with various distances and relay options available – see https://www.superleaguetriathlon.com/super-league-jersey/ for details.
“Don’t change much”
We are very lucky to live on this Island and we should be proud of it. I despair when I hear the words “there’s nothing to do…” We have a tremendous array of activities and events to choose from, so I’d encourage everyone to get out there and enjoy our natural environment – it’s wonderful. I say “don’t change much” but Fort Regent… so much potential!