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Alaska Tri-Aspire Team

Last 16th of May 2014, the newest member of Alaska Sports Family -- the Alaska Tri-Aspire Team was launched during the "The Power of Tri: 3 Weekends, 3 Great Sports Events" Conference held at the Seda Hotel in BGC. The launching was part of the three succeeding weekends of the Alaska Sports Events which started with the event highlight -- Alaska Cycle Philippines last May 17, to be followed by the Alaska IronKids Philippines Aquathlon on May 25, and will conclude on June 1 with the Alaska World Milk Day Family Run.

Alaska Tri-Aspire Team

The Alaska Tri-Aspire Team is the professional Triathlon team of Alaska composed of two (2) of the world's best Professional Athletes plus six (6) Filipino Elite Development Athletes who will be under Coach Mathieu O’Halloran’s guidance in training to become a world-class team that can represent the country in triathlon races worldwide. The elite team is also mainly composed of Filipino athletes because Alaska Milk Corp. wanted to focus on developing and nurturing grassroots talents.

The aim for the team is to produce legitimate professional athletes that can be competitive in 5i50, 70.3, Ironman distance, and XTERRA events and athletes that will represent the Philippines in the Asian Beach Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games. The roster of the Alaska Tri-Aspire team are as follows:

Professional Athletes:

  1. Pete Jacobs from Australia, 2012 Ironman World Champion

  2. Caroline Steffen from Switzerland, ITU World Long Distance Champion and multiple Ironman champion

Filipino Elite:

• Coach Mathieu O’Halloran

  • 27 yrs. old from Canada who is currently on sabbatical as a Professional Triathlete to focus on coaching.

  • Has been a triathlete for half of his life

  • Trained at the Canadian Triathlon Center in Victoria, BC as a junior national triathlete for 4 years.

  • Lived and trained in Kenya in 2007 to learn how Kenyans run.

  • Became a member of teamTBB in 2007, the world’s premiere triathlon team under the legendary Coach Brett Sutton.

  • Achieved top 5 performances in 5i50, 70.3, Ironman and ITU Long Distance events around the world.

Banjo Norte

  • 20 yrs. old from Cagayan De Oro City

  • 4th Sugbu Triathlon Leg 2 (February)

  • 12th Filipino Elite X-Terra Cebu (March)

  • 4th Elite @ Pico De Loro Tri (April)

  • 5th Overall (1st 20-24) @ Dua-man (April)

  • 2nd Overall Dinagat Island Challenge (May)

  • 1st Overall Mantagale Off Road Triathlon (May)

  • 4th Filipino Elite 5i50 Subic Bay (June)

  • 1st Filipino Elite Cebu 70.3 (August)

  • 2nd Filipino Elite 5i50 Subic Bay (October)

  • 1st 18-24 Taiwan 70.3 (November)

Jenny Rose Guerrero

  • 28 years old from Manila

  • Olympian in the 200m breastroke

  • Multiple SEA Games medalist

  • 1st Overall Subic Bay NAGT (February)

  • 2nd Elite Pico De Loro Triathlon (April)

  • 1st Filipino Elite 5i50 Subic Bay (June) (fastest run)

  • 2nd Filipino Elite Cebu 70.3 (August)

  • 2nd Filipino Elite 5i50 (October) (fastest run)

Jonard Saim

  • 24 yrs. old from General Santos City

  • New member of the team and is concurrently on the Philippine National Triathlon Team

  • The 2nd best Olympic distance athlete in the country and will be trained to race longer distances

  • 9th Filipino Elite X-Terra Philippines (March)

  • 2nd Elite Tri United 1 Subic (March)

  • 2nd Elite Candon City (March)

  • 3rd Elite Pico De Loro (April)

  • 18th Elite Asian Triathlon Champs (May)

  • 2nd Elite Philippines National Games (June)

  • 2nd Filipino Elite Century Tune 5150 (June)

  • 2nd Elite Tri United 2 Laiya (July)

  • 5th Filipino Elite Cobra Ironman 70.3 (August)

Juan Carlos Abad

  • 15 yrs. old from San Juan, La Union

  • New and the best swimmer in the team

  • 1st 15-16 Tri United 3 Subic Bay (October)

  • 4th Overall Tri Noah (November)

  • Can potentially be the Top Junior triathlete in Asia, and the 1st South East Asian to compete at the Olympic Games

Christine Hipol

  • 21 yrs. Old from Manila

  • 3rd place in the Tri NOAH (November 2013)

  • 1st place in Tri MANILA (March 2014)

  • 3rd Female Overall in the Ultimate Tri Ilocos (March 2014)

  • 3rd Female Overall in Aquaman 2014

  • UP Women’s Champion in the 74th UAAP Swimming Championships (Sept 2011)

  • UP Women’s Champion in the 75th UAAP Swimming Championships (Sept 2012)

  • Team rank in 4th place in the 3rd Asian Waterpolo Cup

Noemi Galeos

  • 24 yrs. Old from General Santos City

  • Overall Champion, Women’s Category, 1st Davao Xtrail Triathlon, Davao City, 2014

  • 2nd place First Duathlon Koronadal, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, 2014

  • Overall Champion, Women’s Category, 1st Tri-Generals Club Race, Sarangani Province, 2013

  • 2nd place National PRISAA - Swimming Competition, Dagupan City, Pangasinan, 2013

  • 3rd place National PRISAA - Swimming Competition, Cebu City, 2010

  • 2nd place 15KM (Group Relay Category) Swim Cross the Bay, Sarangani Province, 2010

Let us all cheer as the Alaska Tri-Aspire Team proudly wave the Philippine flag at the races they will conquer. Their unrivaled passion, fearless determination and steadfast discipline will bring them closer to monumental victories Filipinos around the world will be proud of.

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