Triathlon heroes

"It's not all about winning," says Mohd Sabki Bin Arifin, you just have to believe in yourself."

True enough words from Sabki who lost his hand in a motorcycle accident when he was 20 years old which precipitated the amputation of his arm. He could easily have given up on his dreams but chose not to - 15 years on, he is still one of Malaysia's most recognisable athletes.

He is also one of the most inspirational sportsmen within the Malaysian sporting community with his efforts in the swimming leg of the triathlon a marvel to witness.

With the use of only one arm, the problem of navigating and directing his body in the water comes not as a hindrance but as a challenge to the 35 year old.

"Because of my disability I have to put a lot more effort into the swim. It really is not as easy as it seems. But that does not stop me and I will not give up. I've been training every day," says Sabki.

Sabki will take part in the Port Dickson International Triathlon (PDIT) sprint event this Saturday and will compete in the event alongside 4-Time World Champion Triathlete, Australian Chris McCormack.

Held at Avillion Admiral Cove in Port Dickson the race attracts competitors from all over the world and will be held over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August, 2016.

The Saturday and Sunday events are open to men, women and children and offer both distance events as well as the popular sprint event which is half the Olympic distance.

Sabki has been competing since 2010 falling in love with the three disciplines of swim, cycle and run and entered in order to prove to himself that he could do it.

"Even if you are disabled like me, you need to believe in yourself. Everyone has his or her own strength in something. You just need to know what it is.

The event begins early on Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 am at Admiral Cove.

Mohd Sabki Bin Arifin on the cycle leg Photo Nic Falconer


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