Solomon Islands top ten triathletes will travel to Australia in November to compete in one of the biggest triathlon events in Australia.Silentworld is sponsoring all costs to get ten triathletes to Australia, including new equipment to match the standard of the international athletes they will be racing against.
An excited Triathlon Solomon Islands Vice-President, Maxon Ala, thanked Silentworld on behalf of all the athletes. He said that international competition was the best way to improve the performance of Solomon Islands' newest sport.
"At the Samoa Games we found that all the other countries sent their triathletes overseas to train and compete. This helps them to do well when it comes to big events like the South Pacific Games," Ala said.
The team of ten was selected based on their race results, attending training and how much work they had put into developing the sport in Solomon Islands.
Silentworld General Manager, Meyric Slimming, said that Silentworld was delighted to give young Solomon Islanders the chance to compete with the best and bring back new ideas to develop the sport in Solomon Islands.
"Silentworld has been impressed by the management and development of triathlon. We are especially pleased to support young men and women who are training almost every day. They are proving that sport and hard work can have a positive impact on their lives and their community. We want to encourage that and support the continued growth and development of triathlon in Solomon Islands," he said.
Triathlon Solomon Islands President, Ross Andrewartha, said that it was a difficult job to select the final ten athletes.
"Triathlon is a sport that demands a lot of hard work and there are currently a lot of new promising athletes, and also many that have been training from the beginning in 2003."
"What we hope to see from going to Australia is that meeting and racing with triathletes from around the world will help people grow in confidence and learn how to improve themselves and the sport."