Local business owner off to World Triathlon Championships

Malcolm Sargent to race for Canada in 55 to 59 year old division

  • Sep. 11, 2013 10:00 a.m.
Malcolm Sargent will represent Canada at the World Triathlon Championships in London this weekend.

Malcolm Sargent will represent Canada at the World Triathlon Championships in London this weekend.

ANTHONY DRANSFELD

For the Bulletin

Kimberley B.C. athlete Malcolm Sargent will be representing Canada at  the World Triathlon Championships, which are  being held in London England on September 15, 2013.

Malcolm and his wife Rhona  own and operate the Kimberley Shell uptown. After the Triatholon  they head to Florence Italy with daughter Jodie — who resides in Leicster UK — for the  marriage of their eldest   daughter Nikki on Tuesday, September 17. It will indeed be a busy week.

Opening Ceremonies for the World Tiatholons will be held at Canada House in Trafalgar Square. The host will be former Premier Gordon Campbell. Altogether there are 5,000 entrants from around the  World. Malcolm will be competing in the 55- 59 year old division.

RUNNING CYCLING SWIMMING

While most of us are starting the day with a cup of coffee, Malcolm is down at the Kimberley Aquatic Centre churning out  60- 80 laps as he prepares for the 1500 metre swim in London. After work he jumps on his beloved bicycle “Chrissi”  for a ride either to Cranbrook and back home to Wycliffe, or a zip out to Wasa Lake, and then head back to his house. Sometimes the ride ends up at Jim Smith Lake where he swims before riding back to Wycliffe. Did I mention running? Actually that is Sargent’s strongest event. He completed a 145 km trail run in the Crowsnest recently, and  used to consistently run 120 miles per week when he lived in England. Currently he “only’ runs 50 km a week preparing for the World Championships.

Malcolm is President of Big Foot Running club  here in the East Kootenay. The Triathlon in London consists of  three events, a 1500 metre swim, then it is on to the bike for a 40 km ride, finishing up with a 10 km  run. Malcolm is hoping to do all of this in 2.5 hours. The 10 K run is being held in downtown London, where they will literally shut the City down. It begins in Hyde Park, down to Buckingham Palace, over to Trafalgar Square, then on to the infamous Tower of London via the Tower Bridge. If the weather is nice the Queen may well  spectate  these World Championships.

Then it is time to pack up his bike, and head to Florence to walk his daughter Nikki down the aisle. The wedding date was worked around the World Triatholon Championships.

When Malcom and Rhona came to Canada from Great Britain, they were looking for the “perfect place”  to live. They checked out Squaish, Revel stoke, Golden, Whistler, Keromeos, Kelowna, and voila, Kimberley  was their favourit. The Sargents moved here in 2004, and purchased Kimberley Shell in 2006. Rhona has been very supportive of her husband’s athletic career taking the opening shift at Shell so Malcolm can train.

So all too soon Malcom and Rhona will be back behind the counter of Kimberley Shell , where their awesome Staff of Deneen, Stephanie, Erin, Taylor, Reanne, Holly, Natalie, and Riley will be ‘holding down the fort” here  at Kimberley Shell while Malcom is competing in England……( 76 years ago our Kimberley Dynamiter Hockey Club travelled to London England.and won the World Champioships winning 8 straight games )   You know Kimberley B. C.  has had many Great Athletes throughout the years, and certainly Malcom is one of them. All of the best to him in London Great Britain next week.