Team Plans For UAE
Updated: Mar 12, 2018
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11th March 2018
'Alameda Tri Team Reveals Its Plans For The UAE'
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11th March 2018: Alameda Triathlon Team held a press conference to explain the Team’s projects over the recent period and its plans in the United Arab Emirates, as well as highlighting the plan implementations over the coming period.
The press conference was run by the Team Principal, Hassan Afifi, with presence of 3 of the Elite Team athletes, namely Lawrence Fanous (Jordan), Eimear Mullan (Ireland), Gillian Sanders (South Africa), alongside Bahraini development athlete Sameera AlBitar, Alameda Triathlon Academy management and a number of the Academy athletes from Egypt.
Afifi started his word by welcoming those who were present from the Emirati press and others who were attending. The Team Principal introduced the athletes present at the conference and highlighted some of their achievements as well as the achievements of the other athletes on the Team.
The main emphasis of the press conference was on the fact that the biggest goal of the team’s presence in the UAE over the past period has been to help the whole Emirati community, from youth to children, women and everyone, to make them aware of the sport of triathlon and to try and get them to participate in it directly and consistently, as well as the importance of the whole community’s participation as part of the development of local world and Olympic champions in this sport.
Alameda Tri Team started its activities in Egypt in 2015 and it had great successes in being a direct reason for the spread of triathlon in schools in addition to starting the first location of Alameda Triathlon Academy in Egypt in 2016, managed by Youssra Abou El Naga.
Afifi continued that “during the past few months, we have succeeded to spread the sport at the Sharjah Youth Centres through providing all the necessary support for participation, from equipment to coach training, and our plans for the immediate future include seeking approvals to spread the sport throughout schools across the UAE.”
The Team has also revealed the opening of a new location for the Academy in Abu Dhabi to try and reach all levels of young people who want to participate in the sport.
Alameda Tri Team are currently focusing more on the UAE due to the great attention of public entities in the country to make it easier for projects such as ours to participate in developing awareness and champions, in addition to the great facilities and world class events, as well as the motivation of trying to benefit local Emiratis from having the yearly World Triathlon Series, the World Games in 2019, and the anticipated World Triathlon Grand Final in Abu Dhabi in 2021, in which we would love to see local Emiratis competing for top spots.
During the press conference, the athletes present on the panel also voiced their opinions about the benefits of triathlon to young communities and their take on the Team’s plans for developing talent from the UAE and the Arab region.
Video shown during the press conference: https://vimeo.com/258845899
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