FOUR local triathletes have been selected to form a pacific development team.
In statement on Thursday Nathan Thompson Siofa, head coach and media officer said the selection of the athletes shows the strength of Solomon Islands.
“The strength of Solomon Islands triathletes has been recognized with 4 of 8 places in a pacific development team awarded to our most promising athletes.”
The Oceania Triathlon Union has announced a squad, known as Team OTU, comprising of promising athletes to receive support for training and international competition.
The four Solomon Islands athletes selected are Boris Teddy, Jad Nalo, Rocky Donald and AndrianaTukuvia.
During a visit to Honiara last week, Peter Clifford, professional triathlon coach and OTU Development Officer said that Solomon Islands was a “hotbed” of triathlon talent.
“The selections reflect the athleticism and commitment of our athletes as well as the hard work and support of Siofa, and the whole Triathlon Solomon Islands team.”
The athletes are very excited about the opportunity which will see them receive specialized training from world-class coaches, and compete in elite races against the best athletes in the region.
The program will kick-off with a training camp and competition in Fiji during June, which will allow the athletes to refine their training and race experience ahead of the Pacific Games in PNG in July.
Team OTU will be made up of 8 athletes from across Oceania:
· Troy Kua (17) – Papua New Guinea
· CasmerKamangip (20) – Papua New Guinea
· Jad Nalo (19) – Solomon Islands
· Boris Teddy (17) – Solomon Islands
· Rocky Donald (17) – Solomon Islands
· AndrianaTukuvia (17) – Solomon Islands
· Stephen Sanday (21) – Fiji
· Lavinia Dickinson (17) – Fiji
Andriana, Boris, Jad and Rocky will be competing this Saturday at the regular monthly triathlon competition at Kakabona beach.
All are welcome to come along to see them in action or join in the racing.