From baseball, Hector Thomas Navasero has made a 360-degree turn as he plunged into action in the executive category of competitive triathlon.
He is son of the legendary baseball chief, the late Hector Navasero, and currently the Secretary General of the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association.
The younger Navasero is making heads turn in his newly-discovered passion—the lung- busting swim-bike-run tri-event also known as Ironman, where every triathlete’s strength, stamina and determination are tested to the limits.
Thomas topped the executive category (for 50 years old and above) in the 2014 Half Ironman Age-Group Championship in Mactan, Cebu where he nosed out David Charleston of David Salon for the top podium finish.
“It’s a tough race with back-to-back bike crash along the race but I still made it to a great and rewarding podium finish,” said Thomas after conquering the 3.8 km swim-180 km-bike-42 km run in the Queen City of the South.
At present, he is the country’s top ranking male in the 50-54 years category with a total of 2,778 accumulated points.
Thomas shared his passion and expertise as an Ironman by forming his own group of triathletes from University of the Philippines (UP) in Los Banos, Laguna. He selected Philab enthusiasts and named his group as Tran of UPLB—a team backed by Philab.
The Trand UPLB members are Mark de Mesa, Jun Selorio, Jijie Fomador and Edison Ticson, among others.
“I’ll throw my full support into this sport even as I continue backing Philab Ballbusters in baseball. This is my humble contribution to Philippine Triathlon. In Tran UPLB, we begin every race as winners and always have fun,” Thomas ended.