[NEW HYDE PARK, NY] Lightning Warriors Youth Triathlon Team assists Jodie Robertson to share the sport of triathlon to parents and their children in grades Kindergarten to 5th Grade. The Team assisted the students with simulating the swim using elastic bands, set up 10 bikes and trainers that enabled the kids to spin, and then finished with running in place inside the classroom. By the end of the night, more and more kids and parents wanted to come and learn about triathlon. A total of 40 kids did a mini tri!
According to Noah Lam, “Triathlon has been a positive life changing for many. Families that learn about triathlon gravitate towards the community, health benefits,and the confidence building that comes from the 3 disciplines of swim, bike and run. Doing three different things keeps the activities fun and makes goals unique. Triathlon must be shared with the next generation.” Noah Lam, Head Coach and Founder of the Lightning Warriors Youth Triathlon Team.
“It is so important to share triathlon with students at a young age at it is a sport that not only teaches them a fit and healthy lifestyle but develops confidence, perseverance, commitment and challenges them to move out of their comfort zone.” said Jodie Robertson, a professional triathlete and elementary school teacher.
Lightning Warriors Triathlon Team is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2017 that has athletes training and racing locally and nationally. With a mission and vision focused on helping young athletes to build strength, endurance and confidence that will maximize their future potential, Lighting Warriors recently hosted its inaugural Mini Maniac Youth Triathlon.
Jodie Robertson, a native Long Islander focused on distance running until 2015, qualifying for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, placed 4th at the 2015 US Marathon Championships and has run a 2:34 marathon PR. All it took were two triathlons though and she was ready to focus on the opportunity to pursue her growing passion for swim/bike/run. In 2017, her second season as a professional triathlete, she became Ironman Texas Champion and headed to Ironman World Championships. Jodie’s journey continues to look towards further successes and the joys that come with triathlon and life. Jodie teaches elementary general music to kindergarten, first and third graders. She is always excited to Dream Big out on the triathlon course.
Denton Avenue Elementary School is part of the Herricks School District. The school serves over 650 students, from grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and is represented by a diverse student population.
For more information on the Lightning Warriors Youth Triathlon Team, please visit www.lightningwarriors.org. To connect with Jodie Robertson, check out www.jodierobertsontriathlete.com. For more information on the Denton Avenue Elementary School, please visit www.herricks.org/denton