From One Athlete to Another: GW Swimming Teams Volunteer at Nation's Triathlon

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In a weekend marked with giving back to the community, members of the GW men's and women's swim teams dedicated their time to assisting fellow athletes in the Nation's Triathlon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  A total of 21 swimming student-athletes volunteered throughout the weekend of Sept. 8, helping triathletes literally from start to finish.

Taking advantage of the Athletics Department's emphasis on having a student-athlete presence within the community, members of the men's and women's swimming teams became privy to the opportunity to lend a hand at the Seventh Annual Nation's Triathlon through Athletics' Life Skills program. 

"Our Athletics Director, Patrick Nero, makes it clear that one of GW Athletics' foremost priorities is strengthening our community by giving back through our collective volunteer efforts," said senior co-captain Stephan Nelson. "When presented with the opportunity to volunteer for a worthwhile cause and support fellow athletes, we took advantage."

Although the race commenced on Sunday, the Colonials began their work on Saturday by greeting and checking in athletes at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave.  As the race began at 7 a.m. on Sunday, GW student-athletes ensured that participants followed the course correctly and monitored the safety of the course throughout the day.  At the finish line, GW swimmers provided post-race food and water to the exhausted triathletes.  At the conclusion of the day, the volunteers assisted with the course break down and clean up.

Out of all of the duties tasked to the student-athletes, the finish line was the most rewarding position. 

"As athletes ourselves, we share an understanding for the commitment training requires and the sense of achievement gained by completing such a grueling event," Nelson said. "Working at the finish line and sharing in the participant's immediate joy was inspirational." 

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