Ashlyn Cortvriendt, 17
Triathlon athlete, member of Manitoba National Triathlon Centre team.
Acomplishments: A Grade 12 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate in the Sport School program, Cortvriendt has been training and competing in triathlon since age 10. She started through a drop-in centre at the Elmwood Kildonan YMCA on Saturday mornings while her mom took a spin class.
It quickly turned into her sport of choice as she was the Kids of Steel provincial champion in the girls' 14-15 age group in 2011. Last year she placed 12th overall in the female junior elite category at the national championships in Toronto.
These days, she trains 25 hours per week, including swimming each morning followed after school by weight training or biking and running.
Cortvriendt said swimming is her strongest event while her goal this season is to improve her running times. She races the sprint distances of 750m swim, 20K bike and a 5K run.
"Triathlon is definitely a lifelong sport. There's people in their 90s who are racing," she said. "I just want to enjoy the journey (in triathlon) and have fun along the way."
She will compete in her first international event this summer when she races at the 2014 Age Group World Championships on Aug. 26-Sept. 1 in Edmonton.
I really enjoy open water swimming in the summer. I also like cycling at Birds Hill.
Favourite workout song?
Cinderella Man by Eminem is one of my long-time favourites.
Dream it, believe it, achieve it. Ninety per cent of the battle is mental, keep a positive attitude and enjoy the journey!
What's in your fridge?
Orange juice and frozen berries are a must-have for smoothies, and I always like to have a box of crackers nearby.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Ice cream and Netflix are definitely my weaknesses.