Greater Trail Swim Club athletes shine at Apple Open

Sharman Thomas Jr took gold in 13-14 boys category, Eden Kormendy took bronze in 13-14 girls.

For the first time Greater Trail Swim Club (GTSC) swimmers took to the open water in Kelowna on the weekend for the 1,500 metre Apple Open Water Swim and Triathlon.

Following a swim clinic from Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Richard Weinberger, four GTSC swimmers raced in the 1.5 kilometre event Friday.

The clinic definitely paid off, as Sharman Thomas Jr. of Trail raced to a gold medal in the 13-14-year-old boys category, while Trail’s Jackson Konkin won bronze.

Jackson’s dad Mike Konkin took top spot in the 40-44 men’s division.

In girls 13-14, Eden Kormendy raced to a second place finish and a silver medal, as brother Dylan at 10-years-old swam in the 13-14 division and came fourth overall.

On Saturday Jackson continued to challenge himself with the Pushor Apple Mitchell Triathlon where he placed fourth overall for 12/13 year olds.

This was the first open water meet for most of the TWSC swimmers where they faced wind, waves and competitors shoulder to shoulder. In preparation for the event the TWSC practiced at both Nancy Greene and Champion Lakes.

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