21 April 2014

Visually impaired bets join Subic tilt

A TRIO of visually impaired paratriathletes will be leading a crack team from Japan to engage challengers from Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines in the Paratriathlon Asian Championships event of the long-running K-Swiss ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon, which will kick off at 7:20 a.m. on April 26 at the Subic Bay Freeport.

Japan is fielding visually impaired Ryu Nakazawa, Toshihiro Shirae and Atsuko Yamadain the sprint distance paratriathlon competition (750 meter swimming, 20kilometer biking and 5 kilometer running), together with teammates ShingoKuboyama, Noboyulki Domon, Toshio Furuhata and Miho Hamada.

Others competing for the paratriathlon titles, include Jun Ha Lee (Korea); 2013 SUBIT paratriathlon gold medallist Andy Avellana (Philippines); Godfrey Taberna (Philippines) and 2013 SUBIT paratriathlon silver medallist Sixto Ducay (Philippines).

Adding importance to the longest-running Olympic distance international triathlon in Asia, sponsored by K-Swiss, Century Tuna, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission and supported Harbor Point, Ayala Malls, Canon, Traveler’s Hotel, Blackbeard’s Seafood Island, Asian Center for Insulation Philippines, Gatorade, SPEEDO, Standard Insurance, and Green Triathlon is the presence of ITU (International Triathlon Union) classifiers Marguerite Christophers and Peter Steggall, who will determine the paratriathletes’ categories on April 24 and 25.

The 2014 Asian Paratriathlon Championships is part of the Asian Triathlon Confederation and Triathlon ssociation of the Philippines’ efforts to promote paratriathlon, with participation in the 2016 Paralympics in mind.

As of April 19, close to 1,000 participants have signed up for the K-Swiss ITU SUBIT.

Among them are 20 clubs vying for the Inter-Club Competition title, and over 600 age-group triathletes in the Olympic distance aiming for the National Age-Group championship titles and the right to represent the country in the 2014 World Age-Group Championships to be hosted in Canada. (MST Sports)