Here at H+P we are super excited to start doing a better job of honouring the people who help to make our club possible.
One way we wanted to do that was to start giving out a H+P athlete of the month award. And this athlete is not just chosen at random! Our 2017 MVPs and 4 runners up as voted by our members along with coach Sean and Gill anonymously vote on the athlete they feel best exemplifies:
-An amazing level of performance (which can mean from a pure performance standpoint OR personal improvement)
-Contribution to the club in a way that makes it better for all
-Actions that help to make our members feel good, stay motivated and continue to strive toward our goal of bringing athletes of all abilities together
On that note, the winner for August 2018…
It’s been an amazing month for Sam! After years of injuries that are career-ending for many, Sam has persevered with a long-term rehab plan and gradual return to training. This sounds easy, but it most certainly is not! After years of trying, he PB’ed in the half marathon in Oakville with a time of 1:37, beating his ’14 PB by 2 minutes. Yes this took place in October…but he also, finally, was able to achieve a running career dream: to break 20 minutes in the 5K! He did so with a time of 19:44 at the Run Waterloo Fall 5K Classic, PBing that distance as well.
Not only that, we have to always give props to him in his amazing creation and contribution to the club- the HPWR website.
Congrats on a great month, and thanks for inspiring us to keep driving toward our goals despite the challenges we face!
A huge congrats to runner up #1, Emily Hunter! She also had an amazing month, completing her 1st long-distance triathlon despite intense heat at Barrelman with a very respectable time, and always doing an amazing job leading the H+P swim squad and filling in for coach Sean and Gill when they are out of commission. H+P would not be what it is without her!
Massive props to our second runner up, Luke Ehgoetz! He never ceases to amaze with his massive training volume. He put that to use with an amazing 9:17 Ironman performance in Maryland- a PB and definitely the best we’ve seen from a H+Per.