Signing Top African Female Triathlete For The Pro Team
London, UK, 13th November 2015
‘ALAMEDA O.N. TRIATHLON TEAM SIGNS TOP AFRICAN FEMALE TRIATHLETE, GILLIAN SANDERS’
London, UK, 13th November 2015: Alameda o.n. Triathlon team is delighted to announce top female African triathlete, Gillian Sanders, from South Africa has joined the team!
The 34 year old Olympian and Commonwealth Games medalist joins the team’s professional athletes line-up, bringing the number of our elite team up to 6, now including 3 men and 3 women. With her great achievements within the standard (Olympic) distance, and with a significant number of triathletes across the Middle East and Africa already following her and looking up to her, Gillian becomes a very invaluable addition to the Alameda o.n. Triathlon Team’s mentorship programme, focused on developing talent from the region.
“I’m really excited to have joined the team!” said Sanders. About the team, she said that “it’s a fantastic opportunity, but also the sport of triathlon has really given me a lot in my life, … and now it’s a chance for me to give back, especially with triathlon growing massively in the Middle East and Africa and I want to be part of growing the sport in those regions.”
Sanders’s personal triathlon related goals include improving her Olympic achievement, bettering her 19th place at the London 2012 Olympic Games to achieving a podium position at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and getting a medal for Africa.
“Having Gillian on our team completes our 2015 goals of building our base within Alameda o.n. Triathlon Team,” noted the team principal, Hassan Afifi. “To complete laying our solid foundations for all the upcoming projects starting 2016, the missing piece of the puzzle was an additional great female role model, preferably with a focus on short distance, specific Olympic experience and a deep understanding and appreciation of our team values and goals in the Middle East and Africa. Gillian was the obvious and most ideal person for this role, and we are so lucky that she is joining us as we are about to start a very exciting period in the life of the team,” added Afifi.
Alameda o.n. Triathlon Team is planning several large initiatives to start in 2016, including specific projects focused on women, underprivileged kids, and amateurs, all to be announced next month, just ahead of the team’s yearly closed camp, which takes place at a Red Sea resort.