As a veteran at the age of 15 competing in the triathlon, Cordell Dickie of Kelowna is off to the B.C. Summer Games, July 19 to 22 in Surrey.
Now entering Grade 10 at KSS this fall, Cordell has competed in triathlon since age 10, entering Kids of Steel events around the Okanagan, numbering over 20 in the last five years.
His most notable accomplishment was in 2010 when he was crowned the Kids of Steel Western Canadian Champion in the Kelowna Apple Triathlon.
Cordell was unable to compete in the 2011 Western Canadian Championships due to a serious injury where he tore the hamstring in his left leg where it attaches at the sitz bone. It took seven months of rehabilitation before he could properly run or cycle. In February, he returned to his triathlon training to begin preparation to qualify for the BC Summer Games.
Cordell started doing triathlon’s originally as a cross train for Rep Hockey, where he has played with the Kelowna Junior Rockets in the Kelowna Minor Hockey system for the last four seasons.
At the B.C. Games, Cordell will compete in three events in the 14-15 age group—an aquathon (300 metre swim and a one kilometre run), a duathlon, (one kilometre run, a five kilometre bike and a one kilometre run) and a triathlon (400 metre swim, a 10 kilometre bike, and three kilometre run).
Over the last four years Cordell has been coached by Rob Swan, of Critical Speed Okanagan, as well as a member of the Ogopogo Triathlon club along with his two sisters.