Feb 012011

WORD ON PHUKET SPORTS NEWS: The World Triathlon Corporation’s global youth programme is set to hold its first IronKids event in Phuket in April.

IronKids Triathlon Coming to Phuket, Thailand

Phuket International Academy's Sports & Leisure Centre is to hold the first IronKids triathlon in Phuket in April.

After securing a key partnership with IronKids, the Phuket International Academy Sports & Leisure Club (PIASLC) announced it will host Phuket’s first IronKids event on 23 April, 2011.

The PIASLC plans to hold four IronKids events each year in Phuket, dubbed PIASLC IronKids Phuket, plus a number of training camps throughout the year.

IronKids Director Michelle Payette said the key goals for PIASLC IronKids Phuket are to inspire and motivate youth through sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. The Triathlon Camp series and race events target children ranging from 6 to 15 years and offer age-appropriate race distances and training with an emphasis on fitness, fun and safety.

“We are excited to collaborate on these events at PIASLC because our organisations share similar values. After being a resident in Phuket for more than eight years, I know first hand that the area has much to offer and is a prime sports destination for the region,” Ms. Payette said.

Phuket International Academy Chief Executive Officer Nick Seaver said the PIASLC had managed to sign prestigious partners such as IronKids because it is one of the world’s best sporting and event facilities.

“This IronKids partnership is perfect for what we’re all about: creating a fun atmosphere for families to come together, and for kids to develop confidence, improve their health and their swimming, biking and running skills,” Mr. Seaver added.

The inaugural PIASLC IronKids Phuket event in April next year is for children ranging in ages from, 6 to 15. Those in the 6 to 8 age group will undertake a 50-metre swim, 3-kilometre bike ride and 500-metre run. Those in the 9 to 11 age group compete in a 150-metre swim, 6-kilometre bike ride and 1-kilometre run while those aged 12 to 15 participate in a 300-metre swim, 12-kilometre bike ride and 2-kilometre run.

Cost per individual entrant is THB750 or THB500 per person for teams entering the race. An early bird discount of 15 percent is being offered to all registrations before the 28 February 2011.

There will be a variety of training camps held at PIASLC and throughout the year, with the initial camp taking place prior to the first triathlon event in April. Trainers will offer specific tips on triathlon and how to transition between disciplines, bike setup and maintenance, pacing and sportsmanship.

Sign up for the April 23 race by visiting the website www.IronKidsPhuket.com. There will also be registration desks available at the Laguna Triathlon registration tent on the 27 November, as well as at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship registration tent on the 3 and 4 December, 2010 in Phuket, Thailand.