• Frolicking in the desert

    Ah Bahrain…it conjures up thoughts of sand, camels, big buildings, blue sea, Arabs in traditional dress. Well that’s what I thought but it was so much more than just that. Bahrain is a small archipelago in the Middle East for those that don’t know. It’s nearest neighbour is Saudi Arabia. Yes, it is desertous and extremely hot (36/37 deg c every day I was there), there are camels, there are Mosques, there is sand. But it is rough around the edges in a very cool way and has a great energy about it. Half of the 1 million population is made up of expats and this means it’s not as conservative as other Arab states perhaps. In fact, I’m told that Bahrain (Manama) is known as one of the sin cities of the world as it’s where people can come and let’s say, let their hair down.

    I am privileged to be the Bahrain Triathlon Club’s official ambassador (along with World Xterra Champ Lesley Paterson) for the inaugural Challenge Bahrain race in December. The BTC flew me out to Bahrain for a week in October to do a bit of training on the course as well as to take on the role as Coach Gill and give them some pointers and advice.

    I was treated like a princess and had a lot of fun with a very enthusiastic bunch of triathletes. Triathlon has only hit the big time in Bahrain in the last 18 months or so. The Prince Sheikh Nasser is a very respectable Ironman athlete and a very popular people’s man and this has fuelled the popularity of the sport. The growth rate seems exponential and it was brilliant seeing so many new people in the sport and especially so many women.

    So come December and I’ll be wearing my Bahrain Triathlon Club colours with pride! I am excited to go back and race in this very interesting country with some wonderful people. Thanks to the BTC and their sponsors for making this partnership possible.

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