Jeff sy­monds

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRI SPORT STARS -

OVER­COM­ING AD­VER­SITY is not just Jeff Sy­monds’s modus operandi when com­pet­ing, it’s his brand. He proudly bills him­self un­der the moniker “Get­ting Ugly.” Sy­monds put the triathlon world on no­tice when he placed third at the 2011 Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship. He also ran a stun­ning 2:44 marathon en route to eras­ing a twelve- minute deficit to win the Iron­man Asia-pa­cific Cham­pi­onship in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia in 2015. His 2015 Iron­man de­but was a les­son in per­se­ver­ance as a me­chan­i­cal is­sue forced him to pedal with one leg for the last 30 km of the bike. He still made the most of the ex­pe­ri­ence by “get­ting ugly” and post­ing the day’s third fastest run split. When he’s not get­ting ugly, the vet­eran from Pen­tic­ton in­spires our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of triath­letes by coach­ing ju­niors in the Okana­gan Val­ley.

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