Alaska Milk sponsors Team TBB
With the goal of not only supporting the sport of triathlon but also helping promising young, local athletes develop into world class triathlon professionals, Alaska Milk Corporation has become the title sponsor of Team Bike Boutique which shall be named Alaska teamTBB Philippines.
Alaska teamTBB is composed of 10 members of four foreign professionals and six promising Filipino athletes.
The team will compete in major triathlon races in the Philippines such as Century Tuna 5i50 Subic Bay and Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Cebu. They will also carry the Alaska brand in major races in Asia and other international races which include the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne, the 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 Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation. “But we also want to augment these pros with promising young Filipino athletes that will hopefully be able to represent the country at 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.
Caroline 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 won various Ironman 70.3 events in 2010 and was 1st Runner Up the 2010 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. After this amazing first year at teamTBB, she subsequently in 2011 became the Ironman European Champion in Frankfurt, Ironman Champion Australia and Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific champion (Phuket). Since the start of Alaska teamTBB Philippines in January 2012, Caroline was then crowned the 2012 Ironman Asia Pacific Champion (Melbourne) and won the largest prize purse event in Asia (Samui International Triathlon).
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 member of the Australian Elite World Champion team in 2007 and 2008.
Fitch is an Australian professional triathlete standing at 5’6” and weighing 58kgs. This 39-year-old woman has been a pro since 2005. Ali has scored several victories in major races including second place finishes at the 2007 Ironman Malaysia and 2008 Ironman Canada. She also won first place the 2008 Coeur
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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 in the world. He represented Canada in three World Championships. Recently, he won 1st Place both in the Zambales Beach Games Triathlon and Bantayan Beach Games Triathlon.
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 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), Alaska Jr. NBA, the Alaska Power Camps which provide 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 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 and she is the younger sister of Martin Torres. 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.He finished 2nd on the second leg of the 2012 Alaska Ironkids Run race. He also joined the 2010 Alaska Ironkids Aquathlon and finished 3rd on the first and second leg of the competition.
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 electrified was first overall out of the water in X-Terra relay which included international professional athletes in Cebu 2011.
Through passion, training and instilling Alaska’s values of Discipline, Teamwork,
Hard Work and Determination to each member, and Alaska’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle for every Filipino through quality nutrition partnered with world-class sports programs. Alaska team TBB Philippines is not only geared to become a world-class competitive team but it will be their destiny to pave the way for the Philippines’ next generation of Triathlon Champions!