DUBAI, 23rd October, 2023 (WAM) -- In an extraordinary display of athleticism and determination, Dubai Ladies Club organised and hosted, in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council, the sixth edition of the Dubai Women's Triathlon on Sunday, 22nd October, 2023.
The event brought over 300 women and girls from diverse backgrounds and nationalities who competed in three sports: swimming, cycling, and running - in three categories: Super Sprint, Sprint, and Olympic distance.
The success of this remarkable event could not have been achieved without the unwavering support of strategic partners: Dubai Police, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Al Jalila Foundation, Honor and Aquafina.
The Dubai Police provided a dedicated convoy of women officers who worked tirelessly to secure and manage the race routes from dawn to dusk. Meanwhile, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority meticulously planned and designated the race courses, weaving them through iconic locations like Jumeirah Road and the Dubai Water Canal. To ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services stood on alert, offering a fully equipped medical team and state-of-the-art medical devices.
Following the triumphant conclusion of the race, Moaza Saeed Al Marri, Executive Director, Office of RTA Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, and chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Women Establishment presented prizes to the winners who excelled in the various categories of the Dubai Women's Triathlon 2023. Al Marri also honoured the representatives of the strategic partners supporting the Dubai Women's Triathlon.
A grand ceremony at the Dubai Ladies Club marked the occasion, where the winners and strategic partners were honoured. This year's event embodied the strength and resilience of women as they overcame physical challenges to cross the finish line. Naeema Ahli, Acting CEO of Dubai Women Establishment; Sabra Thani, Director of the Corporate Communications Department at the Dubai Women Establishment; Fawzia Faridoun, Director of Women's Sports Development at Dubai Sports Council, and esteemed media representatives joined the ceremony to celebrate the strong-minded spirit of the participants and the remarkable collaborative efforts that made this event possible.
Commenting on the organisation and success of this annual event, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Dubai Women Establishment, said, "Every single day, women in the UAE boldly redefine excellence, distinction, and creativity, thanks to the unwavering support of our visionary leadership across numerous fields - especially in the realm of athletics, where numerous exceptional female athletes have risen to prominence, proudly representing the UAE on both regional and global stages."
Mona Al Marri said that the unwavering support of H.H. Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of the Dubai Women Establishment, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, is based on her vision to support and empower women to participate in sports actively in the UAE.
Mona Al Marri said, "The Dubai Ladies Club and the Dubai Sports Council continue to empower women in sports, notably through the annual Dubai Women's Triathlon. Since its debut in 2017, this women-only event has become a resounding success, drawing diverse participants from across the globe."
Moaza Saeed Al Marri, a member of the Board of Directors of Dubai Women Establishment, expressed her pride in the vast participation of women, especially Emiratis, in the sixth edition of the Dubai Women's Triathlon. This indicates an increase in women's awareness of the importance of sport.
Moaza Al Marri stressed Dubai Women's Establishment's keenness to launch and implement qualitative and inspiring sports initiatives through Dubai Ladies Club for women in line with the club's vision to be one of the leading clubs in the world dedicated to women only.
Moaza Al Marri thanked all the participants of the sixth edition of Dubai Women's Triathlon and said: "Each participant has achieved something remarkable - they've etched their unique legacy in this women-centric sports event, a testament to their unwavering competitiveness in participating in the Dubai Women's Triathlon; which gains more enthusiasts with each passing year, securing a special place on Dubai's annual sports calendar."
The women participating in the Dubai Women Triathlon can participate in one of three categories: Super Sprint, Sprint, or the accredited Olympic distance. In the Super Sprint category, they compete in a 400 m swim, a 10 km cycle, and a 2.5 km run. In the Sprint category, participants compete in a 750 m swim, a 20 km cycle, and a 5 km run. On the other hand, Participants in the accredited Olympic distance category compete in the 1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle, and 10 km run.
In the Olympic distance race for the open individual category, Krisztina Vaczi won first place after finishing the entire race in 02:17:51 hours, followed by Dominika Fustos in second place with a time of 02:23:19 hours, and Simone Walter came in third place with a time of 02:23: 36 hours.
In the individual category for female Emiratis, Asma Aljanahi won first place after finishing the race in 02:46:35 hours.
In the open team category, the Chicks with Kicks team won first place in 02:22:51 hours, followed by Liana's SBR team in second place with a time 03:32:28 hours, and the SBR SASSPOTS team came in third place with a time of 03:35:14 hours.
In the Open Individual Super Sprint race, Kahli Johnson won first place in 43:58 minutes, followed by Hazel Mackey in second place with a time of 45:25 minutes, and Margaux Bailly came in third place with a time of 45:53 minutes. In the female Emirati individual category, Nouf AlNoon won first place with a time of 01:01:01 hours.
In the Super Sprint open category teams, the Roads and Transport Authority team won first place with a time of 44:00 minutes, followed by the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 2 team in second place with a time of 44:11 minutes, and the Dubai Ladies Club team came in third place with a time of 58:09 minutes.
In the super sprint national category teams, the RTA team won first place with a time of 44:09 minutes, followed by the Airwerks racing team in second place with a time of 44:43 minutes, and the Dubai Police Team 3 came in third place with a time of 49:30 minutes.
In the Sprint individuals open category, Georgina Bishop won first place in 01:10:40 hours, followed by Aisha Nasser in second place with a time of 01:14:46 hours, and Kirsten Evans came in third place with a time of 01:14:46 hours.
In the Sprint individual national category, Hana Alnabulsi won first place in 01:25:26 hours, followed by Kalthoum Almaazmi in second place with a time of 01:29:29 hours, and Tammy Alherais came in third place with a time of 01:44:24 hours.
In the Sprint open team category, the RTA won first place in 01:11:24 hours, followed by the Inas' team in second place with a time of 01:16:00 hours, and the Petra team came in third place with a time of 01:26:32 hours.
The Dubai Women's Triathlon 2023 showcases athletic excellence and serves as an inspiring testament to the power of collaboration, determination, and the unwavering spirit of women who continue to break barriers and inspire us all. Dubai proudly sets the gold standard for organising sports events and continues to champion gender equality and empowerment through sports.