Similkameen Elementary Secondary School student Noah Beglaw is on his way to becoming a rising young triathlete in the region.
The grade 10 student has been passionate about triathlon since the local junior triathlete club began eight years ago.
He credits Similkameen Rec Centre’s Karl Donaghue for helping develop his triathlete skills.
“Karl has been a great coach, passing on his skills in cycling and swimming as a Master’s swim champion,” Beglaw said.
Fifteen year old Beglaw also played on the SESS boys soccer team that went to the Provincials last year. He won his age division at the Western Canadian High School Triathlon event at Shawnigan Lake last year as well.
“Next year I’ll be eligible for the junior league. That’s when rankings start,” Beglaw said.
Beglaw has performed at the super sprint level up until now, distances which include a 500 metre swim, 10 kilometre bike ride and four kilometre run. Next year the distance begin ramping up – moving into a sprint class, which includes a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and five kilometre run.
“I’m keeping my eyes open.” he said of future aspirations. “There’s junior elite racing and the Ironman Challenge race on the horizon.”
Beglaw recently met with Challenge race winner Jeff Symonds of Penticton.
“He’s given me inspiration, telling me I could be the next local to win Challenge,” Beglaw said, “who knows, maybe the Olympics will be in sight someday.”