PETALING JAYA: Powerbar Triathlete of The Year Sheenie Tan is confident of retaining her title this year even though Manila SEA Games gold medallist and Commonwealth Games participant Kimberly Yap is in the fray this time.
The Triathlete of the Year will be decided based on points amassed from a five-series championships – A'Famosa (March 11-12), Kenyir Lake (April 9), Port Dickson (July 23), Miri (Aug 13) and Desaru Long Distance (Sept 9).
“I know it's going to be tough because other strong triathletes, among them Kimberly, Stephanie (Chok) and Fiona (Lim) will be contesting as well,” said Sheenie at the launch of 2006 Powerbar Triathlete of the Year Challenge here yesterday.
“But I am confident that if I give my best, anything is possible. Nothing can dampen my spirit and I will give my best.”
The 28-year-old pharmacist revealed that she was never active in sports in school but took up triathlon two years ago.
“I was never an athlete at school ... I didn't even know how to swim. But I wanted to try something new and prove something to myself,” she said.
“I wanted to prove that I can do beyond my ability if I set my mind to it. I started participating in triathlon in 2004 and one year after that I bagged the title.”
The Perak-born triathlete added that she worked out three hours daily after work and five to six hours on weekends.
Powerbar business development and performance manager Mohammad Rahimi Abdullah said that 400 triathletes were expected to take part in the A'Famaso Triathlon.
“The number of participants changes according to the venues,” he said.
“But we have triathletes who are regulars in the five-series championships to gun for the overall title, which carries a prize money of RM5,000 each for the men's and women's winners.” – Bernama