The Solomon Islands Triathlon Federation (TriSI) is looking forward to host its first competition for this year this Saturday, January 25.
The event will take place at the usual Kakabona beach West of Honiara.
The Series will be held for women and men over the Sprint for the Under 23s and Olympic standard distances and will be used to select athletes to represent Solomon Islands at international events.
The competition will feature 2013 National Champion, Stanley Ofasisili, and 2012 Champion Leban Lokata. Also competing will be Boris Teddy, who will represent Solomon Islands at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in August, and Godfrey Jad, who will travel to NZ for the Oceania Junior Training Camp in March.
There will also be shorter triathlon events and aquathlon races for swim and run only.
However TriSI secretary general Jane Katene said in a statement yesterday that it will all depend on the weather.
“If bad weather persists, the event will be cancelled.”
TriSI is one of the many sports federations to make an early start to their program for this year.
The event will mark the first of series of monthly competitions to be staged this year.
Despite not being as popular as the other sports, Triathlon is one of the very active sports in the country, being able to organize a competition each month for its member and interested participants.
All interested participants and members are asked to be at the venue between6:30 – 7:00am.
Mrs Katene stated that last year they had some very late starts because people were so late coming to register.
“We don’t want to turn anyone away, but it is unfair to those who are there early to have to hang around and wait for the late-comers.
“Anyway, you should be using the time after registration for warm-ups, not trying to go straight into the race,” she stated.
This will be a big year for TriSI with athletes going to the Youth Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games and the TriSI is calling on everyone’s support to provide stiff competition, help out with marshalling or help with fundraising.
By CARLOS ARUAFU