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7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your sporting career?

BP: Florida 70.3 2007- 7th place finish. I learned the most about pushing through fatigue and racing in the heat. I also think it was a break through race for me. Sometimes the hard fought battles are the most rewarding to looking back upon.

2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

BP: A few years ago while swimming and training with Colin Jenkins he used to always say to me “I have the gift all I have to do it show up, but you don’t so you better keep swimming”. That advice definitely used to keep me motivated.

3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?

BP: I have the motivation to be the best athlete I can be. The feeling after a hard effort or an epic day is priceless, and the sense of accomplishment is huge. It’s not just about getting up and working out, it’s about waking up and committing to the effort or the workload in front of you in order to reach your goals.

4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?

BP: Crowie. He is an amazing, talented athlete and person. He is also very humble and leads a very balanced life. He also has a wicked accent.

5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?

BP: Andre Agassi’s biography entitled Open. I could read it 10 times and would still sweat reading it.

6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

BP: Sausage on a bun or Tex Mex. Texas food is out of hand! If you race in Texas you must go out for Mexican food! I also like chocolate granola but luckily I can’t find Jordan’s in the USA so it’s under control.

7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?

BP: Uncle Julio’s- may be one of my favorite places after a hard training day. It’s not the best for race weight but having chips and queso and some chicken fajitas are the bomb.

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Simon Says Gold: Simon Whitfield’s Pursuit of Athletic Excellence

Looking for a great read to keep you motivated as the weather turns colder? Check out Simon Whitfield’s new book! Read the synopsis below and order directly from Orca Book Publishers.

From the moment Simon Whitfield burst onto the world stage at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games as triathlon’s first Olympic champion, his winning personality and stellar athletic abilities have inspired young people around the globe.

In Simon Says Gold, Simon describes his personal journey to Olympic glory as he recounts not only that glorious day in Sydney, but also the anguish of failing to repeat as Olympic champion in Athens in 2004, and his dramatic comeback at the 2008 Beijing Games, when his exhilarating race to a silver medal enthralled millions of fans around the world. Simon’s stories of the highs and lows of his running career will captivate readers young and old, but his real message—that the simple pursuit of excellence is its own reward—will also inspire and motivate. Not everyone can be an Olympian. Simon Whitfield believes that true greatness is in performing to the best of one’s ability. The reward is in the effort, not the outcome.

Simon Says Gold includes his instructions on training—his advice is bound to surprise young athletes in any sport—and includes stories about family, friends, coaches, teachers and mentors —all those who have had a lasting impact on his life and helped make him a champion. Simon lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Cleve Dheensaw has been a sportswriter with the Victoria Times Colonist for twenty-eight years. He has covered a total of six Olympic and Commonwealth Games. This is his sixth book for Orca Book Publishers and he lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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