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Triathletes ready to take on the Ironman

 

Elite triathletes from over 50 countries will be competing in Sunday’s, Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore. (Photo: Hi-Tri)           

Singapore’s biggest international triathlon race welcomes the world’s best as they arrive on our shores!

 
The event has again proven an attraction for the stars and age groupers alike with the biggest overall entry of its four year history; and with the reigning champions both back to defend their titles, and as reigning world champions too!
 
Nine time Ironman Champion Patrick Vernay and World Long Distance Champion, reigning World Ironman 70.3 Champion and 2009 Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore Champion Jodie Swallow will put on their A-game to outperform 30 other elites and better their records for a place in the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida.
 
Joining these champions in the race are 2005 Ironman World Champion Faris Al Sultan of Germany, last year’s Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore runner up James Cunnama of South Africa, New South Wales long distance champion Pete Jacobs of Australia, World Aquathon Champion and top ITU athlete Kris Gemmell of New Zealand, top ITU athlete, winner of Canberra Ironman 70.3 and New South Wales long distance champion Michelle Wu of Australia, top Japanese competitor Maki Nishiuki and two time runner up to world Ironman 70.3 Championship, Mary Beth Ellis.
 
This year has seen the most number of elite triathletes over 50 countries across the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.
 
Race director Jeffrey Foo of Hi Tri Singapore mentioned, “The response for the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore this year has been overwhelming. We have seen a leap in elite, foreign and local entries! It is indeed great to see that the event has become the biggest destination race in the southern hemisphere, as well as a race Singaporeans love.”
 
The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) sees the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore as not only an event that has boosted Singapore’s reputation as a leading sports hub in Asia for regional and international events, but also one that will further cultivate a sporting culture here. Said David Voth, Senior Director, Sports Marketing Group, Singapore Sports Council, “The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is proud and excited to support the 2011 Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore. As the governing body for sports in Singapore, the SSC strives to encourage a national sporting culture and the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore presents a perfect opportunity and platform to mobilise and inspire more Singaporeans to get involved in sports, be it as a participant, supporter, or volunteer.”
 
The Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore looks set to continue its success with the sponsorship of Aviva Ltd, a leading financial services provider. Aviva’s CEO Simon Newman said, “The Aviva Ironman 70.3 has grown over the years into Singapore's biggest international triathlon and its popularity among the world’s best triathletes reflects this. We're happy to be sponsoring this exciting event for the fifth year running, as the triathletes’ dedication to their physical health mirrors Aviva’s commitment to helping our customers achieve financial health. 
 
Be part of the action. Head on down to the East Coast Park and catch the world’s best triathletes pushing themselves and competing in the Aviva Ironman 2011, tomorrow, 20 March from 6am to 6pm.