Saturday saw a record-breaking 330 children from schools across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain take part in the season opening of the Junior Aquathlon.
In its fourth year, the popular Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon, presented by Daman’s ActiveLife, saw young participants from ages of 4 – 18 years take to the calm waters of Al Bateen Beach.
Organized by Gulf Multi Sports and sponsored by Daman’s ActiveLife, a National Health Insurance Company – Daman’s health and fitness initiative, the Aquathlon facilitated five category races, namely the Super Sprint, Junior Competitive, Junior Splash and Dash, the Tiny Tri Event, and the Beach Blast.
This season’s opening event offered a new, exciting category called the Beach Blast, giving the much younger athletes a chance – most accompanied by a parent – to run through the shallow waters of the beach and sprint back on the sand to the enthusiastic applause of family and friends.
Junior athletes in the Super Sprint, Junior Competitive, and Junior Splash and Dash took to the protected waters of the Al Bateen Public Beach, sprinting into the ocean for a swim, ranging from 50m to 375m.
Following the successful swim, the children continued on, running along the beachfront pathways with distances ranging from 100m to 2.5km culminating in a final sprint to the finish line.
With multiple awards handed out to the winners of the categories, nobody went home empty handed, with all participants crossing the finish line receiving a medal and a participation gift.
School Awards went to Al Rabeeh Academy (1st), Raha International School (2nd) and British School Al Kubairat (3rd) for highest participation from a school.
While the top Athletics Achievement awards were spread across a breadth of schools – Raha International (1st), Lycee Louis Massignon (2nd) and British School Al Khabairat.
There were some outstanding individual performances of the morning, with Pauline De Groof from Raha International school taking first place in the Super Sprint female category and fastest overall in a time of 17m50sec, while Roughan Gaetz (Raha) won the male Super Sprint male category in a great time of 18m 43 seconds.
The Junior competitive race was won by Jude Roberts (BSAK) and Charlotte Navratil (Brighton) in Under10 category, Ralph Feghali from Lycee Louise Massignon and Aasiyah Ssennyonjo Brighton College Al Ain in Under 12 category and Mawarn Ferreira from Lycee Louise Massignon and Christelle Feghali of Lycee Louise Massignon in the Under 14 category and in the over 14’s the winners were Finlay Mackenzie of British School Al Khubairat and Yara Feghaly from Lycee Louise Massignon.
The Stand out event of the day was the newly established Beach Blast, a 50m wade through the water before a 150m beach sprint featuring over 60 students from Al Rabeeh School and Academy and the family favorite Tiny Tri featuring over 100 children between the ages of 4 and 8 years.
Steve Watson, Managing Partner of Gulf Multi Sport, said: “We are very excited to see the increase in participation and popularity of the event, with such a wonderful broad and diverse range of ages and nationalities.
There were so many spectators that came to support friends and family, with many first time young athletes. How wonderful to see such a tremendous growth in health and fitness in the youth of the region.
We look forward to seeing more children join the Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon series. Thank you to Al Bateen Public Beach for hosting this year’s race with a record high number of entries; and to our valued partners Daman’s ActiveLife, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain Water and National Ambulance. ”
Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer at Daman, said: “The number of participants is truly impressive. For the past three years, we have witnessed with excitement how this event has grown into one of the key family fitness events in Abu Dhabi. The series is a perfect training ground for the more challenging TriYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife which caters to different age groups and abilities as well. I hope to see many of today’s participants joining me in that event too.”
25 November 2017 and 10 February 2018 will see the second and third races of the Abu Dhabi Junior Aquathlon series, returning to the popular Al Bateen Beach.
IGNITE PINK IS PUNK SWIM RUN
The eighth edition of the Ignite Pink is Punk Swim: Run event took place on Friday morning at the Anantara The Palm Resort in Dubai, with hundreds of runners and swimmers raising money for the Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme.
Do you feature in our round-up of posts from the Palm Jumeirah?
A post shared by Kevin Mckernon (@kevyfresh) on
Crossing the finish line at the @ignite_wellness #pinkispunk 🎀🎗aquathlon this morning. My first swim+run race since I was a young teenager and it felt good! Not sure how I did as only the top 3 were placed but super happy with my time and my bf is sure I came in the top 6 for my category 😂 🙌🏼
A post shared by Emma Lacey (@emma_lacey_) on
#thinkpink … Can I be a Bond girl already! This morning I took part in a great event for #cancerawareness with @ignite_wellness What a morning. Competed in the team race with @adriancostigan and we smashed it 💪 First girl out the water and second overall! Congratulations to everyone that took part. For a great cause! Who said cardio couldn’t be fun!! #cancerresearch #dualathlon #swimming #funswim #fitfam #fitgirls #dubaifitfam
A post shared by Kayleigh Dawson (@fitnessbarbiedxb) on
Big smiles all round at the @ignite_wellness Pink is Punk charity Aquathlon this morning. Fantastic fun event and all in support of the @aljalilauae foundation to raise money for breast cancer. Congratulations to everyone who took part, particularly those who made the podium. 😃 😃 Open event Ned (1st Male), Juliette (1st Female) U16 Hugo (2nd Male) Lou (3rd Female) U12 – Females Thea 1st Megan 2nd Jasmine 3rd U12 – Male Ashton 2nd 😃 #fun #team #squadgoals #fitnessdubai #athletesdubai #kidsdubai #triclub #trilife #aquathlon #swimrun #charity #event #breastcancerawareness #dubai30x30 @dxbfitchallenge @embodyfitnessdxb @sport360 @gulfyouthsport
What a awesome morning at this mornings Pink is Punk Aquathlon! @mytriclubdubai rocked the place and helped raise some money for a great cause at the same time! Looking forward to the kids racing again next weekend and a very big week personally as I step things up for Dubai 70.3 😏 #proudcoach #dreamteam #watchthisspace #beatyesterday #ironman #triathlon #triathlete #swim #swimming #cycle #cycling #run #running #ironmandubai #teamgb #tricentraluk #mytridubai #mtc #Tri365 #220gram
A post shared by Matt Dewhurst (@mdewhursttri) on
A post shared by Phil Gould (@philmarkgould) on
WELLMAN ROAD RUN
Runners took to The Track at Meydan to compete across three distances: 10k, 5k and 3k in the Wellman Road Run.
There were some fast times on show and congratulations to those who made it onto the podium.
🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆Medal number 55, finishing 1st place in my age group and 5th female overall in 48:46 at this morning’s 10km #wellmanroadrun WHOOOPPPEEE!! /// I set out FAR TOO FAST, smashing the first 5km but the toughest part was keeping up with myself to have a #strongfinish and hold off the tough competition! Wasn’t that lucky that we practiced maintaining a steady race pace on Monday night @adidasrunnersdubai 😏🏅🖤💥👏🏼 /// Great racing from all the AR squad and happy weekend/goal smashing (fitness or not) to all xxx❣️ /// #takechargeDubai #winnerwinner #focusthemind #runningthroughsummerhelped #adidas #adidasrunnersdubai #adidasmena #yesadidas #fitnessindxb #runningseasonISON #mydubai
A post shared by Vicki Matheson (@vickithevibe) on
Positives and negatives from today…… -Positives it was my First race in dubai and first win in the male 5k 😃💪🏼🏃🏼 – Negatives, it was slower than I am capable of…. lesson learned… don’t run your fastest 5k ever in training 2 days before the race, your legs will still be a mess 😂😂 Beaten by a female marathon runner who smashed it but happy with 1st male and 2nd overall. Bring on the next race 💪🏼🏃🏼🏋🏼 #fittothebone #fit #fitfam #run #runner #running #race #fitness #runnersofinstagram #runningrace #wellmanroadrun #dubai #dubaifit #fitnessindxb #dubaifitness #5k #champion #winnerwinnerchickendinner #exercise #cardio #conditioning #smartfitness
#dtrunners on the road… Hot and humid #wellmanroadrun 10km this morning. Very happy with my result 🥉. Not a win or a PB but still a great run to kick off the racing season in UAE 🇦🇪 Congratulations to @meryl_cooper who was flying out there 💪 #coachleedxb #nevergiveup #thenorthfaceme #salomonrunning #onrunning #trailrunner #roadrunner #mydubai #uae #dubai #running #run #runaddict #instarunners #runstagram #runnerworld #runplanet #runitfast
A post shared by Kathleen Leguin (@thespeedyvet) on
ICE WARRIOR CHALLENGE, SKI DUBAI
What better way to cool down from the UAE heat!
Hundreds of competitors took to the ice during Friday’s Ice Warrior Challenge at Ski Dubai – in which entrants worked in a team to combat various obstacles.
It’s just CRAZY, STUBBORN, ME! I should’ve probably stayed in bed, rest, recover and heal my injures from my last Spartan Race in Lake Tahoe. But I simply couldn’t resist doing this race! 🙈 It’s hard to explain where this craziness comes from. But, one thing I know, it’s so good to be there on that podium! 🏆 Special thanks to my racing partner #spartangirl @cremadepeanuts! ♥️ Now, it’s seriously time for bed till the next race #desertwarriorchallenge 💪🏻 @talisefitness #icewarriorchallenge #ocr #spartan #spartangirl #spartanwomen #spartangirlsdoitbetter #strong #fit #fitspo #fitness #fitnessjourney #unbreakable #nomoreexuxses #dubaipersonaltrainer #fitnessindxb
A post shared by Ivana Kolaric (@ivko_fitness) on
Snow&ice in the desert! Finally a huge trophy! Not sure my wife agree about that… Well done to all the racers 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @xdubai @reebokmena @leaderboard_fit @spartanarabia @emirates @dubaisc @sheratonmoe @newbalancegcc @iflydubai @voxcinemas @johnnyrockets #reebokmena #allterrain #iw8 #icewarrior8 #skidubai
True warriors are made in -4 degrees! #IW8 #Live #IceWarrior8 #SkiDubai #SkiDXB #ObstacleCourse #Extreme . . . #Snow #White #SkiDXB #MallOfTheEmirates #TOKawards #SnowBullet #ZipLine #Adventure #Fun #Friends #Family #Ski #Snowboard #Shred #Dubai #MyDubai #UAE #MOE #MountainThiller #Thrills #White #Penguins #PENGfriends #Adventures #SkiDubai
A post shared by Ski Dubai (@skidxb) on
A post shared by Goldy Buenconsejo (@goldybuenconsejo) on
MIDDLE EAST GAA LEAGUE, DUBAI SPORTS CITY
A total of 72 teams and 1,000 people competed in the first round of the Middle East GAA League at Dubai Sports City.
A post shared by Miriam Nic hIomhair (@mirm04) on
A post shared by Michael Conneely III (@l1ke_a_b0ss) on
#kuwaitharpsladies have played first two of three games vs Al Lain and vs Dubai. No wins yet but one more to go. Cross bars have been hit and great skills demonstrated. Ladies are still smiling. #moretocome #goalsetting #moretogive #gaalifeabroad #gaaabroad #middleeastgaaleague #dubaidutyfreetournament #gaa #lgfa
Dubai's stunning skyline never ceases to amaze, with the city's iconic Skydive Dubai helping to provide an incredible view of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and further afield.
In CNN's new Great Big Story, skydiver Jarrett Martin takes to the sky again - in what was just one of over 1,000 jumps he has completed over the course of his career. A quite staggering number.
At the age of 18, the now full-time US-born skydiver was involved in a tragic parachuting accident - leaving him without use of his legs.
Despite this, his passion for scaling new heights and jumping from thousands of feet didn't diminish - if anything - it only made his love for a sport ingrained in his family even stronger.
And thanks to new and improved adaptations made to skydiving equipment and landing style, the 26-year-old is able to fly higher and freer than ever.