I have been applying for this for the past three years but was never accepted. Luckily though, my lil' sis got the sponsorship, so I was able to use her supplies.
This time, luck was on my side and I was elated to find out that I was shortlisted for an interview. The problem was... I'm in Perth and the interviews are held in Malaysia.
Nevertheless, after several emails to Nur Munirah, the girl organizing the interviews and a few changes in appointments, I've finally had my phone interview with Mr Shahrul.
The interview went pretty well... in my opinion. It was pretty informal. More like a chat. I was mainly asked about my usage of Powerbar. And how being in Team Elite would benefit me, as well as what I can do as Team Elite member to contribute to them, to the sport, to the community. Although there were some questions I wished I would have answered them differently but there is no point worrying about things we cannot change.
Reflecting on some of the questions from the interview, made me realised... I have been in this sport for a VERY LONG time.
My first taste of the Powerbar Performance bar was when I was doing the swim for the triathlon team relay, about 8 years ago. I was hungry and searched through our race goodie bag, there was a bar in it. This sounds like I'm exaggerating but upon the first bite, I did feel re-energized... kinda like a caffeine boost.
From that day onwards, I have been a loyal user of Powerbar. I've always used them before my races. And after my sister got her sponsorship in the last three years, I have used the Gels during my longer workouts and the drinks to refuel during and after workouts. As I'm only able to get my supplies from my sister during my visits back home, I had to stock them in my fridge here... yes, all of them are now past their expiry date but surprisingly never caused me any problems!
I REALLY hope I'll be selected though. Mr Shahrul told me that compared to last year's selected team of 44, this year there were only 27 shortlisted for interviews. And from there, only about 18 will be selected. Well, having said that, if I'm not selected, I would still continue to use Powerbar. But on a more rationed basis as regular usage can be quite costly.