Grade 10 triathlete represents Australia in junior elite race
Triathlete and East Campus Grade 10 student, Aaron Kiss, was selected to represent Australia in the ASTC (Asian Triathlon Confederation) ITU Subic Bay Asian Cup held 16-17 April in Manila. It was his first ever junior elite international race after moving up to the 16-19 age group. The race distance is a standard sprint triathlon, which consists of a 750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run.
Aaron started off with 27 other athletes from countries across Asia and beyond, including most of the top Asian juniors present in preparation for Asian Championships which follows shortly after this race.
He was the youngest athlete starting, which made him much more nervous leading up to the race as he was unsure of how he would cope with the older, stronger and more experienced athletes. Overall, Aaron placed 11th in the race and said, "I'm quite happy with my performance, but came into this race wanting to gain experience and exposure rather than worrying about my placing."
Aaron hopes to compete in four more Asian cup events this year, in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He is looking forward to the races in Indonesia and Hong Kong, as these races mix the Junior elite and Mens elite athletes together. This means that he will be racing against some of the top-ranked elite triathletes in the world and maybe even some Olympians.
Aaron appreciates the support he's received from UWCSEA. Training with the swim team has been a massive contributor to him being able to race at junior elite events. He would also like to thank the Australian Triathlon Federation for allowing him to race in Subic Bay as well as the Singapore National Team for allowing him to join them throughout the trip.
Congratulations, Aaron and best wishes with your upcoming competitions!