USAT Regional Council Comments

My USA Triathlon Mid Atlantic Regional Counil seat is up for re-election. To be placed on the ballot and considered for re-election, I needed to provide  a few personal thoughts on what the sport of triathlon has meant to me. Below is what I presented.

I look at triathlon not as a sport or even a combination of sports, but as a lifestyle. I look at it as a way to promote health, wellness, camaraderie, and community. I also see it as a powerful philanthropic platform to facilitate positive change.  There is something about the heart and soul of the triathlete that transcends far beyond the sport, into the real world and reminds us that through dedication, commitment, and a common focus, all things are possible. 

As a triathlon coach with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, I have seen many participants pass through the ranks over the years. I have seen dreams realized, and lives changed. My goal with each and every one of them is to plant that seed and cultivate and promote that healthy lifestyle. For me, the power and beauty of the sport lies within its humanitarian potential which extends far beyond individualism and PRs.

This sport can build confidence as well as bridges. Most importantly, this sport can serve as a conduit for us to all make a greater difference.

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