Thursday, November 17, 2011

Douglas College student youngest female at world triathlon championship

Sport Science student Emily Weeks placed third in her age class at the Long Distance World Triathlon Championship in Henderson, Nevada, last week.
Talk about going the distance. Emily Weeks, a second-year Sport Science student and triathlete, took third place in her age group (20-24) at the Long Distance World Triathlon Championship in Henderson, Nevada, last week. Emily was the youngest female at the world championship race, made up of a 120k bike ride, which climbed nearly 3,000 metres, a 30k run, which zoomed up more than 600 metres in elevation, and a 4k swim - which was cancelled due to low water and air temperatures.

Emily says the cancellation of the swim portion made the race harder for her. "Usually I come out of the swim in the top two in my group, then use the adrenaline to get a head start on the bike," she says. "Once on the run I do a little catching up on my time lost on the bike and end up in the top one to three on the run."

Third place is nothing to sneeze at, says Besnik Mece, Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach. "This is a great success for Douglas College Athletics."