PUTRAJAYA, 6 MARCH 2017 – Powerkids, a grassroots programme organised in conjunction with the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017, received participation from over 200 children aged 5 to 12 contending for a spot on the podium. The inaugural project initiated by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd on Saturday, 4 March 2017, is a first-of-its-kind activity by the duathlon series in Malaysia.
Since its launch in December 2016, the run-bike-run sport received tremendous positive feedback by multi-sport enthusiasts as an excellent platform to develop young athletes. Powerkids composes of three age categories: 5 – 7 years old (0.4km – 1km – 0.4km); 8 – 10 years old (0.8km – 2km – 0.8km); and 11 – 12 years old (1.2km – 3km – 1.2km).
“Talents have to be nurtured from young. Many athletic parents have been training their children to be a multi-sport athlete. Powerkids allows these kids to test their skills, learn from other participants, and grow to be an exceptional duathlete in the future. We foresee that this programme will not only be a stepping stone, but a path to develop bright athletes,” said Barbara Lam, Managing Director of E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd.
Iskandar Shahril, Race Director of Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia added that the pilot project is considered successful with children enjoying the race. “It is about the joy of movement and the first experience that counts. Their engagement in Powerkids today will further develop their skills and excel in this industry.”
Edward Liew, 11, a participant in the 11 – 12 years old category, was pleased with the outcome. “The race today gave me a chance to expose myself and test my skills. I am happy with my accomplishment and the knowledge I have gained to improve my skills. I will train harder and return to the race again next year.”
Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017 tomorrow, Sunday, 5 March 2017, will witness over 3,500 participants competing for the Asia Championship title. Powerman world ranking no. 3 Thomas Bruins from The Netherlands, Powerman world ranking no. 5 Airi Sawada from Japan, Malaysia’s professional multi-sport athlete Jason Loh and national para-athlete Mohd Sabki Ariffin will be competing against other top duathletes for the championship title.
2,645 athletes participated in the championship last year, making it the largest duathlon ever held in Malaysia as conferred by the Malaysia Book of Records. The International Powerman Association also recognised the race as the world’s largest duathlon in a Powerman series.
Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017 is organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; sanctioned by the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC), International Powerman Association (IPA), and the Triathlon Association of Malaysia; supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Major Events, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Perbadanan Putrajaya, 1 Malaysia Youth Cities, Optima Bike, Shimano, Beyond Ultron Sdn Bhd, 2XU Compression, Suunto, Rudy Project, Hoka One One, Dever Energy Gel, Milo, iM4U, Dorsett Putrajaya, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside, The Everly Hotel Putrajaya, Malay Mail, Cycling Malaysia Magazine, Running Malaysia Magazine, Toyota, Top Gear Magazine, KLezCar, Spacebib, Train Live Compete, RunSociety, and Shinjiru.
For more information, visit http://www.powermanmalaysia.com.
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