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The ADF Team shows off its sporting prowess in Abu Dhabi sporting events

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30 March 2014 The ADF Team shows off its sporting prowess in Abu Dhabi sporting events

The team at Abu Dhabi Finance (ADF) has kicked off the year with a bang, competing in two high profile sporting events in UAE. Two weeks ago the Chief Executive Officer of ADF Christopher Taylor finished in the top 25% in the Abu Dhabi Triathlon and the 2 teams of ADF finished 23rd & 38th overall in the Hercules Trophy. The ADF team faced hard competition in both events particularly the Abu Dhabi Triathlon which was won by the Gold medallist from the last Olympics, Alistair Brownlee.

The Abu Dhabi Triathlon is regarded as one of the best in the world. Consistently good weather and swimming conditions combined with cycling along the Abu Dhabi F1 track, a great crowd for the run along Abu Dhabi’s spectacular Corniche and world class competitors means the Abu Dhabi Triathlon has rapidly established itself as one of the leading races on the international triathlon scene. It is also slightly different from some other races in that the cycling element is longer and the run is shorter than a standard triathlon. It is also a flat course which means that the pace is pretty fast – which brings a unique set of challenges.

The Hercules Trophy is an all-day inter-company sporting event which promotes team building and networking. Each year, an average of about 40-50 companies participate in the event. ADF is very proud to be among the Abu Dhabi based companies that have participated. The event consists of 12 challenges called “Labours” after the “12 labours of Hercules” from ancient Roman and Greek Mythology. The team with the most points at the end of the 12 events is the winner. ADF has participated in the last three editions of this event in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and performed very well.

Chris Taylor, CEO of Abu Dhabi Finance said:

Both events have been very enjoyable and it brings me great pride to see the team from ADF competing together. I find that working together as a team outside of the work environment really helps our performance as a Team at work – one of Abu Dhabi Finance core values being One Team, One Goal. We also support the Abu Dhabi’s vision to encourage sport and the benefits it creates in bringing the community together and benefiting the local economy – I also firmly believe that a healthy body supports a healthy mind which is why I have always taken part in competitive sports.

Chris Taylor, CEO of ADF said of the Triathlon:

It was really an honour to compete, the Abu Dhabi Triathlon attracted some of the best athletes in the world; there was also great camaraderie out on the course which spurred you on and the crowd towards the finish line was fantastic. I really enjoy physical sports and at the same time I like the intellectual challenge which a triathlon brings; balancing your energy usage across three different disciplines, planning your nutrition strategy and getting to be in the fantastic outdoor environment which Abu Dhabi offers are all part of the attraction. Cycling on the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit is always an incredible experience and the final 10km run along the Corniche with all the crowds really acts as a boost when you are coming to the end of a long race.

The ADF Team said of the Hercules Trophy:

“An excellent team event, the organisation was professional and the weather was glorious. All round a great day out and fun bonding experience.”

“Great fun! I met some wonderful people, everyone was in such a good mood it was infectious and Team ADF rocked”

Abu Dhabi Finance took on the day with the right attitude and our teamwork shone through! A very well organised and enjoyable event. (Shayaan)

We came, we saw, and we nearly conquered! (Emad)

“Hercules was a really fun event and I had a great time. It was a good opportunity to mingle with people from various organizations. Hercules also opened my eyes to my below average fitness levels L” (Ghulam Raza Bhojani)