Thursday, February 26, 2009
Try a new sport, Try-athlete!
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Triathlon - a sport that brings to mind all things about pure endurance, utmost determination and sheer grit. Comprising three components, the seemingly gruelling race first starts off with a swim, which is followed by a bike ride and ends with a run. To an average Joe out there, this certainly does not seem like a sport for just about anyone.

Alex Tung, triathlete and a winner of the POSB Everyday Champion Award ’09, has broken the myth however, that triathlons are only for the tough and the super-fit. He, who used to fail his IPPT, is now a swimming and triathlon coach. Champion in his category for the FINA 5km Open Water Swim 2008, Alex also takes part in the Kapas Marang International Swimathon every year and several local triathlons and overseas Ironman races. ‘It’s all in the mind. It can be done!’ said the now toned and tanned man.

In fact, for those who are keen to pick up the sport, there are places to go to for more information and to meet up with other enthusiasts. Triathlon Association of Singapore (TAS) frequently organises clinics as lead up activities to major events, such as the Aviva Ironman 70.3. The Triathlon Family (TriFam) encourages active participation of its members, both experienced triathletes and beginners, by putting together enjoyable training meets.

Phan Yeeh, President of TriFam and also one of the founding members of the club that started five years ago, believes that it is the burning passion that motivates all members. Seasoned members and amateurs frequently interact and keep each other going. Says Phan Yeeh: ‘Triathlon is a sport that every finisher wins!’

For all those who are interested in the sport, check out these websites for more details!