There will be an increase in young members of the national triathlon and duathlon teams.
Triathlon Association of the Philippines president Tom Carrasco said this following the conclusion of the National Duathlon Trials recently at the Clark Freeport Zone.
“We should manage and develop our national team long term. The first of changes starts with the entry of seven new members to the national triathlon and duathlon teams,” said Carrasco.
Carrasco revealed that there are now five 20-year-and-under athletes in the team, while two veterans were selected based on their good performances during the NDT.
Among the newcomers in the women’s division are Raven Alcoseba, Heart Quiambao and Jena Valdez.
Alcoseba is a 20-year-old standout from Cebu, while Quiambao, 18, comes from Bukidnon.
They also have Valdez, 17, from Pangasinan.
Among the newbies in the men’s division are Matthew Justin Hermosa, 18, from Cebu; and Lorenzo Joaquin Solda, 17, from Parañaque.
Veterans Alexandra Ganzon and Raymond Torio are returning to the team as well.
“We aim to step up to the Asian level, aside from aiming to send qualifiers to the Olympics and world championships,” said Carrasco.