Zone 6 Reigns Supreme at First Day of Triathlon

Zone 6 Reigns Supreme at First Day of Triathlon

Author: BC Summer Games/Friday, July 18, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games, Triathlon

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July 18, 2014 – Nanaimo

 

By Joanne Hogan

 


Bling is bountiful for the Vancouver Island-Central Coast (Zone 6) triathletes as they completed the first of three days of events at the BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.

Josiah Ney and Jordan Hopkins received shiny gold and silver medals respectively in both the Aquathlon (300 m swim/1 km run) and the Duathlon (1 km run/5 km bike/1 km run).

Ney, who is related to former Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney, hails from Gold River and likes competing with his teammates. His passion for the triathlon began when he first watched it as an Olympic event. Since the age of nine, Ney has been developing his skills as a swimmer, cyclist, and runner. They both look forward to participating in the Sprint Triathlon (500 m swim/10 km bike/3 km run) on Saturday and the F1 Triathlon (200 m swim/3 km bike run/1 km run). Both Ney and Hopkins have aspirations of one day representing Canada at the Olympics.

Desirae Ridehour won gold in Duathlon and silver in Aquathlon while her teammate Hannah Henry sported a silver medal for Duathlon and bronze for Aquathlon.


Ridehour of Cowichan Bay loves all aspects of competing in triathlons and enjoys the three sports equally. Henry loves the exhilaration of crossing the finish line; this is perhaps why she enjoys running the most.


The Zone 6 tri team will compete in the mixed 4 x F1 Triathlon Relay on Saturday. Based on Friday’s outcomes, another winning performance by these athletes is anticipated.


 

From left: Medalists Henry, Ridehour, Hopkins, and Ney and their teammates gather on the beach at Westwood Lake after a memorable first day of triathlon events.

 

 

 

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