On Saturday 30th November 2013, Asia’s first active and healthy lifestyle destination, Thanyapura Phuket, held a successful Thanyapura Junior Challenge Triathlon Event seeing athletes and enthusiasts of all abilities and ages at its world class sports facilities. This event was held as part of the Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri Fest 2013.
There were a total of 220 participants from Thailand and from all over the world; such as, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Australia, Russia and more.
The event was presided by Vice-Governor of Phuket Dr. Sommai Preechasilpa, who presented the awards to the winners. “It is great to see Thanyapura Phuket organizing an international event that supports children to play sports and seeing participants coming from all over the world to join in this event here in Phuket,” she said.
The participants were divided into Junior [6-8 years], Intermediate [9-12] and Senior [13-18] categories, the triathlon event gave the young athletes a chance to experience the world class sports facilities at Thanyapura Phuket including its 50m Olympic standard outdoor pool with biking routes set within the surrounding nature of Khao Phra Thaew National Park and ending with the run on the cushioned track.
The overall winner age group for male: age 6, Timofei Aleksandrow; age 7-8, Rowan McCallum; age 9-10 Mathew Trott; age 11-12, Russell Liew and age 15-18, Caleb Sadler. The overall winner age group for female: age 6, Chiara Jessica Egger; age 7-8, Georgina Hagger; age 9-10 Siobhain Doyle; age 11-12, Sharifah Nuraisyah Syed Yusof; and age 15-18, Hinako Kawai.
“It was great to see so many eager young up and coming athletes ready to race on a beautiful morning at Thanyapura. The atmosphere was a lot of fun and the smiles were contagious. The active healthy lifestyle environment of swim bike and run is fantastic for kids to grow up and be a part of,” said the 4 time World Champion, Chris McCormack.
“Everyone was in top form today and it is good to see the improvement of many participants; especially the group from Malaysia. They were well prepared and very strong enabling them to win lots of categories this year,” said legendary European Triathlete Champion and Thanyapura’s Senior Triathlon Coach, Jurgen Zack.
The Thanyapura Junior Challenge Triathlon was hosted with the support from local Thalang Police Authority and Chief of Thalang District Chief, Supoj Chanakij, ensuring the safety of both competitors and spectators throughout the weekend.
Event supporters include: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), COKE, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, CBRE, Phuket Gazette, Phuket Gazette TV and 91.50FM Phuket.