FIRED UP IRONKIDS MAKE A SPLASH AS FIRST 2012 RACE SHOWS PHUKET CHILDREN DASHING TO JOIN SPORT

By Su

PHUKET, THAILAND – The Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club IronKids Phuket 2012 series saw 79 children from kindergarten age to high school seniors give their all to make it to the finish line, as the sport continues to go from strength to strength in Thailand.

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Calm before the form: A good stroke is the key to a strong swim leg for Thanyapura’s junior IronKids.

Sakda (Ben) Kammungkan and Annalis Johnson were the Senior winners (13-17 years old), from a relatively small field. The intermediate age group was the largest field with 37 participants, seeing Chris Thomson, a regular IronKids Phuket first place finisher taking a strong lead to win the age group overall, and Maxime and Chloe Schrijnemaekers leading the girls, finishing just a minute apart, in first and second place respectively.

Claire Ratcliffe, Race Director of TSLC IronKids Phuket said the sport was catching on fast and had captured the imagination of children and parents alike. “We had several adults join the Seniors Division,” she said. “This is a great way for beginner adult triathletes to join in the fun of racing and get a taste for it. The kids love it – and what fantastic facilities we have for the races thanks to the help of TSLC.”

Paradorn Mohr was the fastest of the juniors to complete the 50m swim leg of the race, and combined with his 3km bike and 500m run, he crossed the finish line in 12min 51sec. Winning the Juniors female category with a 14min and 25 second finish was Nanako McIntosh in her strongest IronKids Phuket finish since her first race last December.

The Juniors’ course is a 50m swim, 3km bike, followed by a 500m run. The intermediate race distances are a 150m swim, 6km bike, 1.5km run and the seniors race distances are a 300m swim, 12km bike, and a 3km run.

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Push the bike out: Maxime Schrijnemaekers, junior triathlete, gets set for the gruelling middle leg of the IronKids race at Thanyapura.

Ms. Ratcliffe said 22 children from Anuban Phuket were sponsored by AIS (Advanced Info Service PLC), with three training sessions prior to the race to help them become familiar with the course, and the skills required for Triathlon racing.

The next race will be another trial race on October 28th, preparing children for the official race on the 1st December 2012, the TSLC Ironkids Phuket Championships race, with the school awards and sponsored team awards along with the prestigious individual TSLC IronKids Phuket trophies to the top three in each age group.

TSLC’s partnership with IronKids will also include professionally led training camps run throughout the year, and will be known as TSLC IronKids Phuket.

To register or find more information on the TSLC IronKids Phuket Series, you can visit the website www.ironkidsphuket.com. It is also helpful to “like” the TSLC IronKids Phuket facebook page for regular updates and to see posts of other related events in Phuket that the children can join, such as fun runs and training activities.

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