Youth athletes from Gander preforming on the international stage

Published on May 5, 2017

Gander athletes Dylan Morawski and Ethan Piercey boarded a flight to Virginia in the United States this morning to take part in one of two international triathlon meets leading up to this summer’s Canada Games.

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Two youth from Gander are representing Team NL this weekend at a triathlon in Richmond, Virginia.

The race is one of two international meets Gander Collegiate students Dylan Morawski and Ethan Piercey, both 16-years-old, will compete in leading up to the Canada Games in Winnipeg this August. 

Three male athletes were chosen to represent Newfoundland and Labrador. The other youth is from Corner Brook.

Their accomplishment is quite the feat considering a component of the triathlon requires swimming in open water.

Morawski and Piercey lost six months of training this season as a result of the pool closure in Gander.

To prepare for the triathlon, which in addition to swimming also involves running and cycling, the boys have been training for two hours each day.

They have also been working with a coach for four years to become eligible for the Canada Games.