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