Team Hope stepped up its preparations for the Rainbow Cup Traithlon on May 28 when it dominated the seventh mini-duathlon (run/cycle) and Savannah One-Lap mini-Duathlon (run/cycling) recently.Overall, Team Hope which had 16 participants registered for the event took five first place finishes including Jenna Ross, who secured the women's Open title with a time of 46.23.2 minutes to break last year's record while her team-mate Salome Buglass was fifth.
Other team members with solid performances were Dayna Bayne (16-19 women), Christiane Farah (20-29 women'), Priya Gomes (30-39 women) and Nigel Wall (50-59 women) who all won their age-groups while Daisy Malek-Shadid was second in the women's 30-39 category at the Queen's Park Savannah on March 27.For the May 28 event, Team Hope stablised by the non-profit organisation T&T Occupational Therapy Association (T&TOTA) has partnered with Rainbow Triathlon Club and T&T Aquatics to create a fun project that combines health and fitness with a fund-raising opportunity.
So far 50 ordinary people have signed up to train and complete the Triathlon with the aim of raising $4,000 each so that people with disabilities can have access to occupational therapy in order to achieve their fullest potential.Each athlete is paired with an honoured team-mate (a person with special needs) for whom the athlete will do the triathlon.This will be the second venture for Team Hope, following their successful initial run in 2008/2009 in which 40 ordinary people participated in the Rainbow Triathlon in 2009 and raised more than $270,000 for the Caribbean Kids & Families Therapy Organisation (CKFTO).
Team Hope is also expected to compete to travel to Tobago to complete a dry-run of the course and meet some honoured team-mates on Saturday April 9 followed by an intense training session at Macqueripe Bay on Saturday April 30.The T&TOTA also expressed its gratitude for the support given by gold sponsor, Atlantic and bronze sponsors Gatorade and Blue Waters.T&TOTA was founded in 2004 to promote quality occupational therapy treatment for people with special needs who are usually forgotten in our society.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who have a disability or injury that prevents them from participating in their everyday activities.And through Team Hope, T&TOTA plans to raise public awareness of the need for occupational therapy services locally to create informed ambassadors for people with special needs and to raise enough funds to support recruitment and education of occupational therapists for T&T.