By: Domnic Dass
Have you ever seen a Sentosa beach, flocked massively with “green people”? Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach was the venue for the MILO® MOE Youth TRYathlon™ 2009 on Saturday, 7th March. The “green people” to be defined, were actually competitors, volunteers and supporters adorning the MILO singlet provided in goodie bags. Boy was it a sight you could not miss.
The event started with a slight downpour and eager competitors had to wait as the start of the race was postponed to a later timing. The Triathlon was separated into a junior, senior and intermediate category, all categorized by their ages. The youths, aged from 8 to 18 years, embarked in a course of 4.62km, throughout the Tanjong Beach.
As I weaved my way through the “green parade”, I managed to speak to Dwayne Lim of Greenwood Primary School, “This morning, there was a downpour and the event was shifted a little later. I was definitely lucky” he said, ending with a chuckle, and rushing away to his friends.
Lucky? You bet he was! Being in the junior category, Dwayne and his fellow competitors started off the latest and the terrain was much drier compared to the “wet and wild” tracks the Intermediate and Senior competitors had to negotiate on.
The event is a good mode of encouragement for the young athletes who are keen to take part in local triathlon competitions. Though it was not as physically challenging as an Ironman race, it is indeed a good stepping stone for these young kids.
It also introduced the Kids in Motion TRYathlon ™ Training Programme, where it can be used to teach the youths about triathlons and offer a safe and effective platform to have fun while getting fit and prepared for future events.
A smiling Arun Vinoth, of St. Andrews Secondary School, had some words to share about the Triathlon at the end of the day. “The rain caused the event to start a bit late, but it gave me time to prepare mentally. Everything went well today” he said.
He was absolutely right when he said everything went well, as the organization committee, volunteers, medical staff and lifeguards, ensured top notch safety was ensured for the competitors.
Conclusively, Arun Vinoth ended by saying “You will definitely see me next year”.