Milo and SportCares at Youth Triathlon

03 July, 2013   Simran Randhawa

Milo Youth Triathlon 2013
SportCares has entered some 24 kids in the youth relay, sponsored by MILO and supported by eight Young Mentors.(photo by VOXSPORTS).

Singapore, 28 June 2013 - Milo and SportCares teamed up this year to make the Milo Youth Triathlon a bigger and more exciting event.

Both partners recognise that sports is a powerful force that can bring people together, cultivate values and encourage someone to discover their potential beyond their limits.

The Milo Youth Triathlon is a non-competitive sports event for youth between the ages of 10-20 to swim, cycle and run in.

Held on the 29th of June, the fifth Milo Youth Triathlon 2013 saw more than 1,400 participants taking part in the event. The Junior category was competed by a total of 510 participants aged between 10 to 12 years old. 37 teams took part in the family relay, more than triple the number compared to previous years.

The bigger race also drew the participation and support of Guest-of-Honour Mr Tan Chuan- Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development.

For the first time, the Milo Youth Triathlon sponsored 24 SportCares athletes to form eight teams at the team relay.

SportCares is the philanthropic arm of the Singapore Sports Council. It promotes social values among Singaporeans through sport and uses sport to improve the welfare of our underprivileged, disadvantaged or disabled citizens.

In support of this cause, four national triathletes were part of the relay teams alongside their beneficiaries.

Team Singapore athletes who offered their time were Clara Wong, Sean Chan, Bryce Chong and Aaron-Shane Tan. The athletes took part in the open water swim of 200 meters while the beneficiaries and other youth cycled 6 kilometers and ran 1.6km.

Milo Youth Triathlon 2013
Team Singapore Athlete Clara Wong taking part with SportCares participants. (photo by VOXSPORTS).

“It is an honour to be invited to be part of Team SportCares. I believe strongly in the power of sport to create a positive impact on a person’s personal growth. I certainly hope that my participation can help contribute to this meaningful cause” expressed Clara Wong. Twenty-year-old NUS undergraduate Clara Wong is one of Singapore’s top youth triathletes who represented the nation at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

With boundless energy, the participants transitioned through each leg with the same enthusiasm with which they started. Out of the water and onto their bikes they went as they took the corners like pros. As they dismounted their bikes, the participants zoomed off as they began the last leg of the triathlon, the run.

The Team Singapore Athletes and the SportCares kids worked hand in hand, encouraging and pushing each other forward, as they completed each leg. Family and friends of the participants cheered on throughout the day at the sidelines giving support to the participants.

“By being together and doing sports together it helps instil the key elements of sports, which is having fun, showing discipline and achieving big heights. It is not a competition it is the participation that counts”, said Mr Valerio Nannini, Managing Director of Nestlé Singapore.