Tri-Athletes On Road To Sea Games
Manila 2019 Southeast Asian Games Triathlon Selection Trials
Nicholas Rachmadi delivered good news for Singapore Sports School in the first weekend of the June school holidays when he was first to cross the line at Triathlon Association of Singapore (TAS)’s Selection Trials for the Manila 2019 Southeast Asian Games, qualifying him to represent Singapore at the biennial Games.
The Sports School Year 6 IBDP student-athlete clocked 22:35s to lead the field by 9s in the 2km run-8km bike-1km run at Educity Nusajaya on 2 June 2019 to put his name on TAS’ SEA Games shortlist for the Duathlon Mixed Relay.
Making the cut for the duathlon came as a pleasant surprise for the 17-year-old triathlete, as a clumsy transition from the swim to bike legs had botched his chances in the triathlon, the event he had better prospects in, just the day before. He finished the 300m swim-7km bike-1km run race in a disappointing 8th position.
Nicholas is on the three-year Extended International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offered at Sports School to support high-performing student-athletes in pursuit of sport at the elite level.
The Extended programme provides student-athletes like Nicholas the option to complete their Diploma Programme over a longer duration as compared to the standard two years. Singapore Sports School is the only school in Singapore, and one of a few schools in the world, that is accredited by IB Organization and World Academy of Sport to offer the Extended IBDP.
Alumni Luke Chua Li Rong and Bryce Chong Sheng Cher came in 1-2 in the triathlon event to pencil their names in for the SEA Games Triathlon Mixed Relay. The duo recorded times of 19:21s and 19:31s respectively to beat SEA Games bronze medallists Willie Loo (Singapore 2015 SEA Games) and Clement Chow (Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games) during the Selection Trials in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Bryce, Luke and Nicholas, who will be making their debuts, are among six nominated by TAS for the 2019 SEA Games.