KOTA TINGGI: Colin O’Shea loves to travel all over the world to compete in triathlon events.
His latest trip paid off for the 36-year-old full time triathlon and swimming coach from Ireland as he clinched the overall title at the 113 Triathlon Desaru 2016.
O’Shea said that his first triathlon race was the Metasprint series in Singapore two years ago.
He now trains 15 to 20 hours every week to ensure he is prepared for competitive events.
He now has several titles under his belt, including overall winner of both the Singapore Aquathlon and Singapore International Triathlon, champion in his age group category in Ironman 70.3 in Vietnam as well as in Ironman 70.3 in Cebu, and 14th place in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Zell am See, Austria.
“My next race is the Singapore Aquathlon in June as well as the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Austalia this September.
“I hope to improve my position,” said O’Shea.
First runner-up for the Veteran Women’s category Mona Goh, 47, from Singapore, said she starting taking part in triathlon events seven years ago.
“I like the fact that it involves three sports - swimming, cycling and running.
“Even though I am getting on in age, I still participate in triathlon challenges in several countries including New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Austria.
“I participated in the Desaru triathlon to prepare myself for a competition in Germany in August,” she said after the prizegiving ceremony at Lotus Desaru Beach Resort and Spa.
The prizes were given away by Kota Tinggi district officer Mohd Noorazam Osman
Self-employed Wendy Tan Chai Eian, 47, from Kuala Lumpur who took home third place in the same category, said that she just started participating in triathlon events in April last year.
“I wanted to keep fit and explore the world.
“It has become a daily routine to exercise at least one hour per day in the morning or afternoon,” said Tan who is looking forward to the Ironman Langkawi 2016 triathlon in November.
Lotus Desaru Beach Resort and Spa chief executive officer Datuk R. Doraisingam Pillai said the event was held to promotes Desaru as a tourism spot.
“This triathlon race has been taking place here for the past 24 years and we have been hosting it since 2011.
“Organising such an event requires cooperation from the tourism board, local authorities, police, marine police and others.
“We hope to organise more sporting events in Desaru as we have beautiful beaches and golf courses,” he added.
The race saw over 600 participants from almost 30 countries taking part in three categories - 113 Triathlon, 113 Sprint and 113 Mini.