USA PENTATHLON ASSISTS TYPHOON VICTIMS
USA Pentathlon donated food, water and medical supplies to
victims of Typhoon Hainan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda. The aid
was given to victims from Negros Occidente in the Visayas islands in southern
Philippines. USA Pentathlon Director of Communications, 4 time Olympian John Amabile who was in the area working with acommunity outreach program was sent to the Visayas to assist in this effort.
After the Super Typhoon hit the region, USA Pentathlon
immediately responded to a request for aid. The storm had the greatest wind
speed ever recorded by a hurricane, known in the Pacific as a typhoon with
winds reaching 195 miles an hour.
Following clean-up efforts, the Sarasota-Bradenton
Pentathlon World Cup Bid Committee sponsored a biathle (run/swim) competition
in Negros Occidente at the Canonoy Beach Resort. The week had been hard on the
island residents as there was great damage and loss of life from the storm. USA
Pentathlon gave Olympic Training Center items as gifts to the participants.
The competition and accompanying barbeque/ picnic for the
participants and their families provided a good break from the tragedy that the
families endured. There were 2 biathle competitions held with multiple age
groups. The day also included beach soccer and running races. There was time
for dancing and playing at the beach for everyone involved.
Sarasota-Bradenton covered ground transportation for most of
the participants as well as entry fees to the resort and a full buffet which
ran the whole day. The participants ranged in age from 7 to 64 years old.
The attached photo gallery has photos from an activity at a
local grammar school which is receiving food aid and the biathle competition.