Gian Taylor is living a dream racing for Team Go For Gold. He hopes to do the same for the national squad some day.
The 15-year-old triathlete from Malaybalay, Bukidnon moved a step closer to that dream when he ruled the male 12-17 category of the Go For Gold Sunrise Sprint in Naga, Cebu.
Taylor of Bukids Multisport completed the short-distance triathlon that serves as a qualifying race for a spot in the Go For Gold team in one hour, 11 minutes and 36 seconds.
``My biggest dream is to represent our country to the Olympics,'' said the Grade 9 student from San Isidro College High School in Bukidnon.
Renzo Mar Pahaganas checked in second in 1:21:43 in the 750-meter open-water swim, 20-km bike and 5-km run race followed by third-placer Jericho Auguis (1:21:57).
There are actually five more races where the top male and female finishers get to earn a contract from Go For Gold, a chief backer of the men’s triathlon team.
"This came from our commitment to grow events in the Philippines which our athletes could join so they will have more opportunities to showcase their talent,’’ said Go For Gold godfather Jeremy Go.
After the race in Naga, Cebu, the next stop will be the Go For Gold SwimBikeRun.PH Aquaman at Vermosa Sports Hub on May 19 followed by the Go For Gold SBR PH Duaman in Nuvali on June 16.
Another Go For Gold Sunrise Sprint in Davao City on July 7 has been scheduled before winding it up with the Go For Gold SBR PH Triman-Clark on July 28 and the Go For Gold Sunrise Sprint-Subic on Nov. 4.