By Taromane Martin
TRIATHLON Solomon Islands Federation says they will be sending a seven man team for next month’s Pacific Games in Samoa.
Head Coach Nathan Thompson told SunSPORTS yesterday the team consists of four athletes and three officials.
Coach Thompson said two new faces will also be part of the team which consist of former triathletes Rocky Donaldson and Adriana Tukuvia, who represented Solomon Islands at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
The Coach said some of their best athletes could not make it into the squad due to school, work commitment and family issues, however is confident of improving on their results in 2015.
“We supposed to have more females on the team but due to personal and family reasons they could not make it in the final team,” Coach Thompson said.
“Some of our experience male athletes like Boris Teddy did not make it to the team also due to school and work commitment.
“But we have four athletes, three male and one female plus three officials who make up our final team for the Samoa Pacific Games.
“Two of the squad members will be their first time to compete outside and it will be good for them to see the level they’ve reached while the two old ones, I’m hoping they can improve from the previous results at the 2015 Pacific Games.
“We plan to have our final Triathlon race competition towards end of the month. After that then we’ll concentrate and continue with our preparation for competition next month,” he adds.
Meanwhile the final TriSI Federation athletes and officials for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa are as follows:
Athletes: Timson Judd Irowane, Junior Patrick Newman, Rocky Donaldson and Adriana Tukuvia
Officials: Nathan Thompson (Coach), Wilfred Bosa (Team Manager/Bike Mechanic), Joe Ramosaea (Assistant Coach).