With the goal of not only supporting the sport of triathlon but also helping promising young, local athletes develop into world class professionals Alaska Milk Corporation has become the title sponsor of Team Bike Boutique which shall be named Alaska Team TBB.
Alaska Team TBB is composed of 10 members of four foreign professionals and six promising local athletes.
The team will compete in all major races in the Philippines (Ironman 5i50 Subic Bay, 70.3 Cebu). They will also carry the Alaska brand in major races in Asia and International races which include the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, European Ironman Championship in Frankfurt and the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
“We are very pleased to have top foreign athletes like Caroline Steffen, Ali Fitch, Matt O’Halloran and David Dellow,” said Uytengsu. “But we also want to augment this with promising young Filipino athletes that will hopefully be able to represent the country in international competitions in the near future. Obviously, having a top caliber coach in Brett Sutton helps make this goal a real possibility.”
Uytengsu added that Alaska Team TBB’s professional athletes will not only race for the team but also act as role models to improve the lives of people around the world by providing hope and opportunity through sport.
The Alaska Team TBB pros include Caroline Steffen, David Dellow, Ali Fitch and Mathieu O’Halloran.
Steffen is a 33-year old professional triathlete from Switzerland. She stands at 178 cm and weighs 65 kg. After going pro in 2009, she was second at the 2010 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii and the 2012 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship.
Dellow is a 32-year-old Australian triathlete. This 6’2” tall man has been a pro since 2002. He has participated eight times in the World Cup and has run over 100 races around the world. He was also included in the Australian Elite World Champion team in 2007 and 2008.
Fitch is an Australian professional triathlete standing at 169cm and weighing 58kgs. This 39-year-old woman has been a pro since 2005. She has had several victories in major races including placing second in 2007 Ironman Malaysia and 2008 Ironman Canada, and winning 1st place at the 2008 Coeur d’Alene Olympic.
The 26-year-old O’Halloran is a professional triathlete from Canada. He has been a pro since 2007 and has participated in more than 100 races around the world. He represented Canada in three World Championships. Recently, he won 1st place in the Zambales Beach Games Triathlon and 1st Place in Bantayan Beach Games Triathlon.
But more than just winning races the Alaska Team TBB program hopes to develop a generation of Filipino champions in the sport of triathlon. This will be accomplished through an athlete development program. Filipino scholarship athletes will be provided spots in the team so that they follow in the footsteps of the team’s pro athletes.
“Alaska Milk has had a long history of supporting sports including the Alaska Aces professional basketball team in the PBA, the Alaska Cup (the single largest youth football tournament in the Philippines), Jr NBA, the Alaska Power Camp which provides instruction for youth basketball and youth football and is the title sponsor for Alaska Ironkids.
Alaska Milk Corporation cares and nurtures through its sports development programs and inculcates in children the values of teamwork, discipline, determination, integrity and sportsmanship.
“The opportunity to be the title sponsor for Alaska Team TBB Philippines professional triathlon team is a natural progression as Alaska Milk extends its support to triathlon and the development of the sport and promising triathletes in the country,” said Uytengsu
The six scholars include Dhill Anderson Lee, Martin Torres, Nena Torres, Marc Altura, Banjo Northe and Loren Dale Echavez.
Anderson Lee is a 21-year-old swimmer and runner from Manila. He has won multiple medals at international meets and has set numerous records in the Philippines. Last 2010, he was the 1st relay swimmer out of the water in the Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Camsur.
Seventeen-year-old Martin Torres hails from Cagayan de Oro. He placed second in Cagayan De Oro Super Tri Kids in 2009, 7th in the Junior SUBIT mini-sprint in 2010 and won 1st place in the 2010 Cagayan De Oro Tri Kids Aquathlon.
Nena Torres is a 16-year-old triathlete from Cagayan de Oro. She has multiple wins in local swim meets and run races including: 1st place in Super Tri Kids Cagayan de Oro 2008, 1st place in Cagayan de Oro KidsAquathlon 2009, 2nd place in Super Tri Kids Cagayan de Oro 2009, and 1st place in the 13-15 SUBIT mini-sprint in 2010.
Altura is a 17-year-old triathlete from Manila with multiple victories in his age group. He placed 2nd Overall in the Anvayan Cove Triathlon in 2011 and placed 5th in the Junior Elite SUBIT 2011.
Nineteen-year-old Banjo Northe hails from Cagayan de Oro. He placed 1st Overall in the Cagayan de Oro NAGT, 1st place in the Cagayan de Oro off-road 2011 Duathlon, 2nd place in the Philippines National Games Junior Division in 2011 and 3rd Overall Val Naga Triathlon in 2010.
Finally, there is 19-year-old Cebuana Loren Dale Echavez who has won multiple medals and set various records in swimming. She was overall first out of the water in XTerra relay which included international professional athletes in Cebu 2011.
Team Bike Boutique is an international group of triathletes that competes in major triathlon events. The group was founded by Alex Bok in 2007. Team Bike Boutique usually has the most number of wins in any triathlon event. This year the Alaska Milk Corporation became its title sponsor.
Visit the website www.teamtbb.com.ph for more details.