USA PENTATHLON ASSISTS TYPHOON VICTIMS

Nov. 23, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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.

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