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Multi-sport club encouraging more triathlon

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Gary Cheung is a swim coach. Gary Cheung is a swim coach. Contributed

The sport chairs of the triathlon event at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games have started the Swift Current Multisport Club to promote triathlon in southwest Saskatchewan.


The Western Canada Summer Games will be in Swift Current from Aug. 9-18, 2019. Around 1,700 athletes will compete in 16 sports, including triathlon.
Stephanie Prpick-Boss and Stephen Boss created the club for individuals who have an interest in swimming, biking and running or the sport of triathlon.
“It's a combination of our passion and love of the sport of triathlon and being the chair people for the Western Canada Summer Games,” Stephanie said. “We're trying to be innovative in what we can offer Swift Current leading up to the games. We've been communicating and collaborating really closely with the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation, and so we started the Swift Current Multisport Club.”
Their involvement with the sport started when they lived in Yellowknife, where they were active with the Yellowknife Multisport Club.
“We organized and volunteered and hosted, between the triathlons and marathons,” she said. “You really get a sense of community and belonging and meeting new people who come to town. I think that's the whole thing, it's about meeting other people and getting that sense of community.”
There are various options for anyone interested in triathlon, because one can participate as an individual or as a member of a team.
“There's a whole bunch of distances that can accommodate one's fitness level or knowledge of the sport or where you want to begin,” she said. “We just find the sport of triathlon inspiring in all aspects, from fitness to the atmosphere to the camaraderie.”
The Swift Current Multisport Club started training in October with the first swim session of 10 weeks for the adult swim program, which was completed on Dec. 12. Gary Cheung, the head coach of the Swift Current Barracudas swim club, was hired to do the training.
“So we're bringing in a structured, high level adult swim club of all different levels for people,” Stephanie explained. “Sometimes the swim portion can be one of the main reasons why people do not enter a triathlon or try it, because the swim portion might not be their strongest out of the three.”
The goal of the swim program is to help participants to develop a strong, efficient stroke and to add further fitness and power that will result in greater strength and speed.
The program provides training on four different levels – beginner and development of stroke techniques (level 1), intermediate and those interested in trying a triathlon (level 2), advanced and triathlon improvement swimming (level 3), competitive and triathlon performance swimming (level 4).
A total of 19 swimmers participated in the first swim session, which took place on Tuesday evenings at the Swift Current Aquatic Centre. Some of the participants travelled in from Gull Lake, Hodgeville, Herbert and the Wymark area.
“Part of the swim club is the challenge for people to get out,” she said. “There are parents in our adult swim club whose children are swimming with the Barracudas. So it's nice, when you watch your children swim, that your children are knowing that mom and dad are being coached by the same one and doing swim.”
Registration is now open for the next session of the adult swim program, which will take place from January to March 2018. Early bird registration until Dec. 31 is $150 and and from Jan. 1-11 the registration fee will be $170. For liability and insurance purposes the participants are required to also obtain a valid 2018 Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation membership.
Most of the participants in the initial session will be returning for the next swim session, and to accommodate additional swimmers there will be options to swim on either a Tuesday or Thursday evening.
In the spring the Swift Current Multisport Club will be offering early morning and weekend bicycle rides, which will take place from April to June. The details of these group rides are still being finalized and will be posted on the club's website.
In April the Swift Current Multisport Club will be hosting a triathlon clinic to highlight the sport and there will be a presentation by a high-profile keynote speaker.
Stephanie and Stephen have been organizing run/walk events in the Swift Current area in recent years, and they are planning to host similar events in 2018. The first one will be the Mother Earth run/walk in Swift Current in May.
In the meantime they are preparing to host a try-out event for triathlon in southwest Saskatchewan, which will take place at Saskatchewan Landing. This will also be the location of the triathlon event during the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.
The TRI-it SW SK! triathlon will take place on Aug. 5, 2018.
They consider this event to be a good opportunity to test the course for the Western Canada Summer Games and to introduce triathlon to southwest Saskatchewan residents, while also drawing triathlon participants and spectators to the region.
“We want people to travel to the southwest part of the province to tour Swift Current and southwest Saskatchewan and come compete and participate in our triathlon,” Stephanie said.
For more information about the Swift Current Multisport Club, visit the Prpick-Boss Enterprises website at www.prpickbossenterprises.com/scmc

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