South Pacific style triathalon - Solomon Islands innovation

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Friday, 6 December, 2013

Humpress Harrington, Principal of Atoifi College of Nursing on Malaita, Solomon Islands, was an invited speaker at the recent International Conference Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics. The conference held in Cairns, Australia on 28-29 November brought together the world’s leading sports and exercise scientists and researchers to discuss the challenges of sports and exercise in tropical environments .

Humpress explained the development of a triathlon on his remote island where there are no roads, no bikes and no swimming pools but many enthusiastic people wanting to improve their health. The ‘South Pacific Style’ triathlon consists of teams racing in dugout canoes, swimming across a tropical lagoon and running along a grass airstrip. Competitors are rewarded with tropical fruit at the finish line. Humpress plans to expand the ‘South Pacific Style’ triathlon and incorporate it into an integrated physical activity program coordinated by the Atoifi Hospital Non-Communicable Disease team.

Tropical Health Solutions is collaborating with Humpress and his team across several public health projects in Solomon Islands that aim to improve the lives of people living in remote villages. We congratulate him on the success of this locally appropriate sports initiative.

Image: Humpress Harrington, Principal of Atoifi College of Nursing, handing out medals to competitors in the Atoifi triathalon.

Posted by Rick Speare