Looking back at it now, this may have been a bit ambitious. I hated running and wasn't much of a cyclist. But I was determined to meet my goal, so I started the long process of training.
One year later I completed my first race, a Super Sprint triathlon. From the moment the race started, I was hooked. Not only did I find something that I was good at, I found something that was just so much fun! I placed 9th overall, 3rd in my gender and 1st in my age category. For a first timer, it’s an accomplishment I'm still very proud of. From then on, I decided to pursue triathlon with everything I had. With my newfound love, I set out to get better, to be the best I could possibly be. I sat down and registered for dozens more races and set some serious goals for myself, ones that looking back seemed almost impossible. But like my ambitious first triathlon, I was determined to reach these goals.
Since that first race, I have continued to push myself and improve my performance beyond what I could have ever dreamed. From getting onto multiple podiums as one of the top 3 women, to coming first overall in several swim races, the sport has really showed me that anything is possible.
Top 3 in my age category at Meech Lake Triathlon
￼first place overall at Bring on the Bay's 1.5km swim
￼My first triathlon
In June 2017, the hard work and long hours of training paid off and my goal was achieved. I qualified for a spot on Team Canada's Age Group Team. This means that in 2018 I will be able to compete at the Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
This is a huge honour, but it is also quite expensive. The Age Group team is entirely self-funded. This means that I will be paying for the race ($250), flight ($2000), room and board ($1100) and management fees ($615) all out of pocket. As a university student, and part-time lifeguard, this poses quite a challenge for me. This is where I need your help. Your funds will help me both represent Team Canada abroad and realize my dream.
Triathlon has taught me so much in such a short time: discipline, mental toughness, determination and to be proud of everything my body can accomplish. Representing Canada on an international stage will be such an amazing privilege and I would be so thankful if you could be a part of this with me.
- Eric Renaud
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