I had my first encounter with triathlon back in the year 1995, since then, from junior triathlete to age grouper, taking up the triathlon coaching career and eventually my eight years of voluntary service within the Hong Kong Triathlon Association, I have lived a life devoted to this sport - one which some calls a grueling experience, while most of us here see it as a lifestyle that calls of unending challenge. Triathlon has become so embedded into my life that all the places where I've trained and raced has become a second home to me; those familiar faces I see around those places and events makes it even so. Not only has my triathlon experiences trained our body, but it has also trained our mind, which brings us to where we stand this day - we reap what we sow; we are what we've trained for. There is no undue glory in triathlon, every moment is well earned.
Throughout my eight years of service for the executive committee, I've witnessed the rise of this sport in Hong Kong. From what it started to be a niche sport exclusive to a small population of expats, to now a sport that could be considered as a popular one no matter your background. We're now seeing an increasing number of youth athletes who are eager to make their mark in this field, and it's even more satisfying to see how the number of triathletes has risen from two to three hundred back in its early days to the now two thousand mark. Hong Kong finally has its own ITU recognised races. Hereby, I would like to express my thanks to everyone who's served in the Hong Kong Triathlon Association, its committee and secretariat staff and more importantly to our ex-president Mr. Philip Penaloza who has dedicated countless time and resource to popularising triathlon in this city and bringing us to the attention of the global triathlon community.
Unfortunately, due to personal and personal and work demands, Mr. Philip Penaloza has announced his resignation as President as of the Hong Kong Triathlon Association, effective immediately and I, Erik CHAN, according to Association Article, will have to take up the duties of president until the end of the current office, which will be the end of next year.
At this moment everyone of us here are giving our best in organising the coming Hong Kong ITU Triathlon Asian Cup, into making it a world class event. Our priorities are to ensure a safe and fair race, apart from that we will be piloting several new features to our coming race, such as pontoon swim start, recovery bath at finish area and the children's favourite - the bouncy castles.
Last but not least, I do hope you can voice out your opinions to me freely during my office of president, and I will do my best to improve everyone's triathlon experience with new ideas.
Erik Chan Kit Bun
Elite & pre-Elite Squad Time Trials 10/2013
Squad Time Trials will be held on three consecutive days, 18, 19 and 20 October 2013 as per the schedule below, as advised by the Head Triathlon Coach. No other Time Trials are planned until March or April 2014. It is the athlete’s responsibility to attend. If there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from attending the Time Trials, you should write in to the Selection Committee no later than 16 October (Wed), explaining your situation and stating your reasons for discretionary consideration.
For safety reasons, participants under the age of 15 (born after 1998) who wish to participate in 2013 Hong Kong ITU Triathlon Asian Cup, must show evidence that have competed in one of the open water swim races (Aquathon/Triathlon)/ ocean swim prior to 2 October 2013 (before 2pm).
For those participants who have not shown prior open water race results, a mandatory water test will be held on Sunday, 6 October 2013 at Repulse Bay Beach.
Date: Sunday, 6 October 2013
Venue: Repulse Bay Beach
Meeting Point: Repulse Bay 711 shop
Meeting Time: 1:00pm
Mr. Philip Penaloza tender resignation as President as TriHK , effective immediately, due to personal and work demands. Please refer to the letter as attached for reference.
Vice President, Mr. Erik Chan, will now step into the role as President of TriHK for the remaining term of the Presidency according to Association Article 24. The TriHK Executive Committee expresses its gratitude towards Philip' contribution and commitment over the past years.
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Hong Kong will be represented in the elite competition by the following athletes:
Mens U23: Law Leong Tim and Cheung Arthur Tak Hei
Junior Women: Choi Yan Yin
Junior Men: Kok Yu Hang, Tang Ho Fai, Perry Wong
In addition to the Elite races, Hong Kong will also be represented by a contingent of Age Group athletes in the Olympic and Sprint Distance, as well as the Aquathon.
For further event details, please refer to http://london.triathlon.org/
The triathlon events of the 12th China National Games 2013 will be held at Qipanshan, Shenyang on the 2-3 September.
The men's race comprising of 30 athletes will be held on the 2nd September. Hong Kong will be represented by 4 athletes: Law Leong Tim, Lo Ching Hin, Tam Joe Dick and Perry Wong.
The women's race comprising of 26 athletes will be held the 3rd September. Hong Kong will be represented by 2 athletes: Cheung Ting Yan and Choi Yan Yin.
Coach Patrick Kelly and the HK athletes will arrive in Shenyang on they 30th August, following an altitude training camp in Japan.
Special thanks to Hong Kong PHAB Association in Providing on-site physiotherapy service for this Sunday's Aquathon Series - Race 4 at Siu Sai Wan. The on-site physiotherapy booth will locate next to the Registration Area.