The Philippines SEA Games is just around the corner, and Malaysia’s Adele Cheah Lynn-Li will have to uphold a heavy responsibility as she was appointed the Technical Delegate (or in layman’s term, Referee), for the regional game’s Triathlon and Duathlon events.
From overseeing the design of the race course, venue layout, services to the athletes, team managers and coaches, to engaging the Technical Officials (TO), she will also work with the local organiser to ensure that the events are run in a safe and fair manner.
Setting aside her role as a TO, Adele is also a well-known sports emcee with her voice enveloping past international events such as the IRONMAN triathlon races and Powerman Malaysia. She was also a triathlete that ventured into organising sports events, and have now embarked on a journey to contribute to the triathlon community.
What inspired Adele to take up the Technical Official role in multi-sports?
Adele’s journey started when her then business partner, Melody Tan, encouraged her to take on the TO seminar with the International Triathlon Union (ITU).
“Due to the culture of volunteering at other events and having experienced the role as an event organiser, it felt like a good fit and a great way to stay current in multi-sport while giving back to the community by serving at other events.” – Adele
Since 2012, Adele has moved up the ranks from a Technical Official to an ITU Facilitator, and have contributed her service in events namely SEA Games in 2015 and 2017, the Asian Games 2018 and twice at the World Triathlon Series Yokohama (2016, 2017).
Having been to multiple SEA Games, Adele has sage advice for athletes who are taking part in their first SEA Games. “Just make sure that you are taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally as well. Get enough rest, nutrition and remember to smile, because you have the privilege of representing your country, doing what you love most.”
“Go for Gold, with a heart of Gold!”