If you haven’t heard of Zoe Natasha Bowden, you should start looking out for her. This 18-year-old junior elite triathlete has qualified for the triathlon event in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 after coming second (2:31:19) in her first Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycling, 10km run) at the National Championships recently.
Currently, Zoe who has been participating in triathlon events since she was eight, is preparing for three other major races – International Triathlon Union ASTC Taipei Asian Cup, Osaka Asian Cup and Palembang ITU Asian Championships, in the lead up to the SEA Games in August.
“This was my biggest goal of the year and I was overwhelmed when I became one of two women who qualified for the women’s triathlon event,” says Zoe who is studying at the British International School in Phuket, Thailand, while training under coach Sergio Borges at the High-Performance Triathlon Academy in the US. Zoe’s long-term plan is to pursue a professional sporting career in triathlon and to later race in the Commonwealth and Games.
Zoe’s biggest achievements include:
- 3rd placing in the ITU World Triathlon Series event ABU DHABI (UAE) Age Grouper Sprint 2016 (16-19 years)
- 3rd placing in the Subic Bay ITU/ASTC NTT Asian Cup Junior Elite Female 2016 (16-19 years)
- 5th placing in the Singapore ITU/ASTC Asian Cup Junior Elite Female 2016 (16-19 years)
- 5th placing in the Junior Elite (Female) Category at the Hong Kong ASTC/ITU NTT Sprint Triathlon Asian Continental Cup, Oct 2016
SHAPE wishes her all the best in the coming events!