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From Canada to Switzerland, recreation and health education student works with world class athletes at home and abroad

Eric Hegadoren

Triathlon Canada

Eric Hegadoren spent a summer co-op term working for Triathlon Canada as a high performance intern. His responsibilities ranged from making travel and accommodation arrangements for athletes from across the world to managing the U23 team during the world championships in Switzerland. Eric reflects on his co-op experience below.

Working for Triathlon Canada

My summer was spent completing my third and final work term with Triathlon Canada. I worked as the high performance intern and had the opportunity to work directly under both our high performance coordinator as well as the director. My day-to-day responsibilities revolved around the coordination and organization of the athletes and coaches' travel schedules. The summer is the primary race season for the Triathlon world cup. This meant we had athletes travelling all around the world constantly for different races and camps. I was in charge of planning travel and accommodation for the athletes as well as all of the other aspects that go into travelling with a large team all over the world. We also have a group of athletes that train here in Victoria out of the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence as well as Commonwealth. I had the chance to tag alongside our assistant coach and see what goes into training the up-and-coming top athletes in Canada.

Travelling to Switzerland

The highlight of my co-op was the last ten days of the internship. I was given the opportunity to travel to Lausanne Switzerland with Team Canada. This was the location of the world championships which would see teams of Juniors, U23, Elite, as well as age group athletes. I was the lead for the U23 team. I also acted as an assistant manager for the other elite teams. We spent ten days in Switzerland and also had the opportunity to explore the surrounding area in our down time.

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