BCA Super League Triathlon Bali – View From The Inside
BCA Super League Triathlon Bali was spectacular, a multi-sport festival in the Ayodya Resort Nusa Dua which drew more than 2,500 participants and legions of fans. The two-day event gave everyone the opportunity to be touched by the endurance bug, and what a lasting impression it made!
Looking in from the outside it is often hard to gauge what sort of effect something like Super League can really have on a region. Luckily we were fortunate enough to have spent some time with one of Indonesia’s most prominent endurance stars who raced in the professional ranks over the weekend.
Andy Wibowo is a former swimmer who represented his country at the Olympics in 2004. Now focused on triathlon, the 39-year-old turned his gaze to Super League at the most recent qualifier.
Andy and his family live in Bali, so have seen first hand the impact Super League has had on the region – energising not only the triathlon world but reaching far deeper into the local community and leaving a mark that will last a lifetime.
“This event had a big impact, not only for those that raced but also Bali itself. It has shown everyone that an event like this draws people in, supports local businesses, and entertains the whole family.”
Being so deeply tied into the local scene Andy knew lots of people who were racing across the weekend. Although he was busy focusing on the professional events, he kept seeing friends of his who were taking part in the myriad of Age Group races hosted by Super League.
“It was one of the best events I’ve ever seen. I was so surprised by the number of people racing, or even that had come to watch! Every time I saw one of my friends they were having the same experience as I was, they were so happy!”
Ask Andy what his highlight of the weekend was and you will only get one answer, the opportunity to race side by side with his 8-year-old daughter Genevieve in the Splash ’n’ Dash. This kind of family experience is at the core of Super League, and something we have in the DNA of all our events.
“Before the start, she was so nervous and just wanted me close to her, but once the gun went off she didn’t look back for a second! She rushed into the water, swam hard, ran into transition saying to me “I can’t breathe,” but she kept going to the finish line. I’m so proud of her!”
For Andy the ripple effect from the weekend’s racing will reverberate through the generations, helping Bali and Indonesia produce more and more elite athletes for years to come.
“For me, this was an opportunity to compete against some of the best in the world. Then I looked around and could see so many young talented athletes taking part and getting that same experience. This was so good for the younger generation as they will be inspired and will have learnt so much from this event!”
Andy has one final thought for anyone thinking of giving one of our qualifiers a go.
“Come and try, because once you have, you will never stop coming back!”