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The One about the Goal Bowl – Triathlete Tammy Slauenwhite

May 7, 2013

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If there is a downside to racing, Tammy Slauenwhite has not found it.

And it’s likely she never will.  Tammy is one of the many upbeat, positive and encouraging athletes on our course.  At 40, she is an entrepreneur and owner of GO! Health & Fitness Lifestyle Coaching, a member of the Bridgewater Triathlon Club, active in rowing, mountain biking and cyclocross, a recipient of the Adrian Campbell Sportsmanship Award and is gearing up for her second attempt at the IRON distance triathlon at Epic Dartmouth.

On top of that, Tammy is competing on behalf of PRO Kids, an organization that provides economic support to youth in need so they can have the opportunity to participate in sport, recreation and culture.  “If we don’t provide opportunities for disadvantage youth, how will they grow?” she says.  “And besides, who knows where they might go?  They could become superstars!”

Tammy can directly relate to her cause:  “As a child growing up, there were things I would have loved to do but couldn’t because my parents did not have the funds.  As an adult making my own money, now I can participate in sports and I think this is one reason why I’m so in love with this lifestyle. It’s something I always wanted growing up but couldn’t have it.  So if I can help even just one child have the opportunity to do what they dream about doing – that makes me feel incredible.

Last year Tammy didn’t quite meet her goal of completing the IRON distance at Epic Dartmouth in 2012.  With 10km left to go, she was running short of time to complete the full IRON distance, so opted to finish at the slighty shorter EPIC distance (205km) instead.  Although she distinguished herself as the top fundraiser in EPIC Dartmouth 2012, raising nearly $5,000 for PRO Kids, she was still sad not to have completed the full IRON  distance.  Not one to feel sorry for herself, she signed up for 2013’s race two weeks later.  As she puts it, her “goal bowl” is overflowing.

Tammy is a shining example of what the body can do when it sets its mind to it.  Further still, she proves that playing and sport don’t have to stop when you’re grown up.  In fact, that’s when it can start!  “Life wasn’t easy as a child, I didn’t join many school sports and my parents didn’t have funds for me to do the things outside school that I wanted to do.  To be given an award at my age has made me feel incredibly proud and definitely heals some internal sores.”

From all of us at Epic Dartmouth, “GO Tammy!” and the rest of our athletes and volunteers!  We look forward to seeing you on June 30th.

 

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