To Press Releases listSiloso Beach, Singapore,Mar 5, 2011
Following two successful years of the MILO-MOE Youth Triathlon, the third installment of the event saw 1,361 students across 181 schools pounding the sandy shores of Siloso Beach, Sentosa - a 40% increase in participation from last year’s event.
New to this year's MILO-MOE Youth Triathlon 2011 is the Family Relay that received an encouraging number of over 40 participants! Instead of cheering their children from the sidelines, families participated in the triathlon together, and made this event not only a sporting event, but also a family bonding opportunity.
"I am very happy to see that MOE and MILO are encouraging youths in Singapore to take up sports and to include it as part of my child’s curriculum. Through this exercise, and the involvement of my entire family, I’ve grown much closer to my son and we’ve discovered a new found passion for spending time together getting fit!" shared an excited parent present at the MILO-MOE Youth Triathlon 2011 earlier today.
"It is with great pleasure that I see so many families and youths engaged in today’s activities. It is our hope to see youths in Singapore leading a more active and healthy lifestyle. The MILO-MOE Youth Triathlon is a great way for students in Singapore to grow in a holistic manner as it instills key values such as discipline, determination and perseverance. We proudly aim to help each child develop a sense of self-confidence through our motto of Play More, Learn More." As shared by Mr Chow Phee Chat, Marketing Director, Nestlé Singapore (Pte) Ltd, the title sponsor of MILO-MOE Youth Triathlon 2011.
An impressive 1,378 participants turned up for Singapore’s largest youth- triathlon which comprised 1,255 local students, 106 international students and 17 parents. Maris Stella High School turned up with the largest contingent of 138 participants and walked home with a special award for their sheer enthusiasm and support.
The purpose of the MILO-MOE Youth Triathlon goes beyond encouraging youths to get active; it aims to teach them that sports is important as part of their holistic development. The organisers also strive to put across the message that sports is also about finishing the race. All participants who completed the race went home with completion medals and a personalised certificate for completing the triathlon.
"Recreational sporting events provide a very good platform for students to explore their interests and nurture a life-long pursuit for active living. It also offers opportunities for students to broaden their circle of friends based on wholesome shared interests. Through participation in well-organised sports, students can strengthen their competencies to better manage themselves, be resilient in the face of challenges", said Mr Ong Kim Soon, Deputy Director, Co-Curriculum Activities Branch, Ministry of Education.
Upon crossing the finishing line, the participants together with friends and family ended the day on a high note enjoying the fringe activities that included balloon sculpting, cheerleaders’ performances, Play More Learn More activities at sports booths and the MILO Easy Cool "The Coolest Jump" Facebook contest.
For more information on the MILO MOE Youth Triathlon 2011, please log on to www.youthtriathlon.sg.
Annex A: Event Fact Sheet
Sentosa, Siloso Beach
8.00AM to 2.00PM
Ministry of Education
All participants will receive a winner’s medal and personalised certificate for completion of triathlon
Top 3 schools with the Most Number of Participants will receive an award and other prizes