The MILO-MOE Youth Triathlon - an annual event that started 2009 is organized by the Ministry of Education with MILO as the title sponsor. The aim of this event is to get more children involved in sports and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Besides encouraging youths to get active at an early age, we also aim to teach them that sports is important as part of their holistic development. In the process, they understand and learn the meaning of confidence, perseverance, discipline and team work which MILO hopes will help them form good character and a better person.
The unique non-competitive format of the event created by MOE and MILO ensures that everyone is a winner simply by completing the triathlon. The reduced distances for each segment of the event catered to young triathletes of all fitness and skill levels, whilst the relay category enabled even first timers to form teams amongst classmates and friends for an initial experience of a triathlon. Each participant was awarded an exclusive finisher’s medal and personalized certificate upon completion. The event is also a good platform to bring together students from both local and international school systems and foster friendship, understanding and camaraderie.
In 2011, the Family Relay was introduced to provide an opportunity not just for children, but also for their parents and entire families to try out the triathlon. Parents appreciated the opportunity to bond with their children through the preparation and participation in the event, instead of just cheering them on from the sidelines.
In 2012, the SwimSafer Open Water Clinics was introduced so all participants cab better prepare themselves for the open water swim leg. Participants were encouraged to attend these clinics to equip themselves with the knowledge and skill to handle open water swimming before the actual race day.