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Primary Reservist competes at the National Triathlon Championship

Melanie  Aqiqi

By Melanie Aqiqi

Warrant Officer Antony Beswick of 42nd Field Regiment, RCA competed in the Canadian Armed Forces National Triathlon Championship on July 4, 2015 held in Gatineau, Que. He was selected as a regional representative based on qualifying times from his previous triathlons. In Gatineau he completed the Military Sprint which consists of a 750 m swim, 20 km bike, and a 5 km run.

Warrant Officer Beswick finished with an overall time of 1 hour and 15 minutes and placed 8th in his age and gender category. It was his fifth year at the Gatineau Triathlon and comments that “the only constant is that as I get older the recruits continue to stay young, so I work harder”. He first started competing in triathlons after a surgery left him unable to be a competitive runner and part of his rehabilitation included swimming. He has always felt the need to be competitive and being a combat arms soldier, was brought up on the premise that you can’t lead from behind. He adds that “I may not be in front anymore, but I intend to be within shouting distance”.

Warrant Officer Beswick continues to see growth in the sport, especially from the number of newer and younger military entries he sees each year, and the introduction of Ironman distances next year. The CAF National Sports program plays a prominent role in promoting fitness and good health within the military community. Sports inspire CAF members to improve their physical fitness and build their leadership and self-discipline skills. They also promote teamwork, loyalty and commitment.

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