For 2012’s Swimbikerun.ph Awards, our daughter Bea has been nominated for Female Youth Triathlete of the Year. Thus, the reason for this post and to give the readers a brief background of her…
16 years ago, a tiny baby, Snow White in complexion was born! She only gave us one sleepless night, her first day at home. I was probably the luckiest mom in the world for I never had a hard time adjusting to on being a first time mom.
Bea’s the first child and apo on my side of the family. She had been very independent since she was a toddler. During her early childhood years, she lived in a home full of adults and an abundance of toys as playmates. As a child, she did have her “Bratz” toys moment, but often times, she played outside with neighbors or just enjoyed Cavite’s fresh breeze with her pink “Barbie” bike.
Since we only had one child for a couple of years, she had the luxury to attend a lot of summer activities, one of which was swimming. A the age of four she had her first swimming class and for graduation, she was asked to cross a 25 meter pool. Bea remembered crying the whole lap but she had no choice but to finish as there was no buoy nor gutter to hold on. And she did! Yearly since then, she attended summer swimming classes till the age of eight.
A few years ago, she asked if she can attend try outs for Assumption College’s swim varsity to accompany a friend. I never knew she could do a 50 meter swim of all free, back, butterfly and breast strokes. Sadly, only Bea made it to the team.
My husband introduced me and Bea to the field of triathlon. Initially, we joined relays together where we have placed podium finishes in each of the events. Bea later conquered a different level by doing solo in 2010’s Anvaya Coves Invitational Triathlon where she placed third. That was when, we decided she needed a professional triathlon coach (and she was getting too fast for us too). Thus, that started her training with Coach Kaye Lopez and further training with Ria Langit and Leian Cruz. To date her accomplishments are as follows:
2nd Leg Speedo NAGT, Ayala Alabang, 1st place relay (swim)
NAGT UPLB, 3rd place (swim)
Anvaya Cove Invitational Triathlon, Super Tri Kids, 3rd place 13 -15 age category
1st Leg, Subic NAGT, Super Tri Kids, 2nd place, 13 – 15 age category
Super Tri Kids Multisport Festival, Ayala Alabang – 3rd place, girls division 13 – 15 age category
Anvaya Cove Invitational Triathlon – 1st place relay (swim)
1st Leg NAGT Triathlon Series – 1st place mini sprint, female division
Century Tuna’s Super Tri Kids, Ayala Alabang – 1st place, mini sprint female division 16 and over
Animo Super Tri Kids, Ayala Alabang – 2nd place, super mini sprint, female division
K-swiss Subic International Triathlon – 2nd place, adult sprint, female division, 16 – 19
Yvonne’s All Female Triathlon, Palms Country Club – 1st place, 16 – 19 age group
Tri United 3, Ayala Alabang – 1st place, mini sprint, overall female
Beas dream is to be qualified for Kona Ironman in Hawaii one day. A few minutes of your time will surely encourage and motivate Bea to train harder and excel further in the field of triathlon. A few minutes of your time will help her reach her Kona dream.
Please vote for Bea Hufana, Female Youth Triathlete of the year at this link –