THANYAPURA, Phuket’s unrivalled sports campus for all, hosted the first IronKids Phuket Triathlon event at Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC) on 23 April 2011. More than one hundred youth athletes swam in Thanyapura’s 50-metre Olympic-standard swimming pool, biked on a closed, quiet shaded road and finished the last 500-metres of the run on the spring-loaded athletics track.
In combination with the 2011 opening of Thanyapura, April’s inaugural IronKids Phuket Triathlon further solidifies Phuket’s growing global reputation for major triathlons, marathons and Ironman. TLSC has officially partnered with World Triathlon Corporation’s (WTC) global youth programme, IronKids, for this event.
The event was a great success with 113 children participating. Participants came from Phuket as well as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Malaysia to make an international field of young athletes.
The IronKids Phuket Triathlon took place from 8:30am until 10am on 23 April, with children grouped according to three separate age divisions and in age appropriate course distances. Though some were seasoned athletes, for most participants IronKids Phuket Triathlon was their first ever Triathlon.
A Phuket International Academy student, Amnaht Nicholas Murphy from the 14 – 15 year old group set the fastest overall time of 45 minutes and 28 seconds on the course comprising a 300 metre swim, 12 kilometre bike ride and 3 kilometre run. Closely following Murphy, Dylan Nyerges from Bangkok competing in the 12-13 year old group posted a time of 47 minutes and 9 seconds. Both took home the first place trophy for their age division.
The fastest female on the course was from the 12-13 age division – Zoe Bowden, from Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, with a finishing time of 51 minutes and 55 seconds, closely followed by Sian Wilson, competing in the 14-15 age division, and also from Garden International School, with a finishing time of 51minutes and 55 seconds. Both promising athletes took the first place trophies for their age groups.
First place in the other age groups for boys and girls were Chris Thomson (Boys 9 – 11), Syami Yapp (Girls 9 – 11), Ben McMillan (Boys 6–8) and Mia O’Leary (Girls 6 – 8). The 1st place for mixed teams went to Sang Min Lee, Joshua Lim and Mark Van Loo.
In the Corporate Sponsored Teams category, DaVinci, Headstart & 91.5FM Teams came first place, followed by Team Image Asia and Team Quest. These Corporate Sponsors kindly supported 10 children each to enter IronKids Phuket Triathlon.
All results will be posted on the www.ironkidsphuket.com website by the end of this week and participating children will be able to download a certificate with their race times included.