Preparing for the Stockholm AXA Triathlon

Preparing for the Stockholm AXA Triathlon

Team Gävle: Ready For The Triathlon

As the Stockholm AXA Triathlon approaches, staff and students from Internationella Engelska Skolan are training for the grueling competition.

Internationella Engelska Skolan has been working with Svenska Triathlonförbundet to help develop a youth event.

This year, for the first time principals from each IES school have put forward athletes who are looking forward to taking part

One of the many teams training at the moment for the competition comes from Internationella Engelska Skolan i Gävle. Student Care Coordinator Michael McCarthy has been putting them through their paces as they get ready for the event.

He said: "The thing that stands out for me is how hard all the athletes work to best represent the school."

This year for a mixed team from each Internationella Engelska Skolan school will compete. One student will swim 400 meters in Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen. At the transition station the student will hand over to another student who will cycle 10km in a closed circuit in central Stockholm. The student will then hand over to the third member who will run 2.5 km.

Gävle's student runner Gustav Hagneby is looking forward to the event, he said: "I love to compete, and when I can compete for the program we have here it feels special to me."

His team-mate Mikaela Eriksson will be swimming on the day. She added: "I am excited because this is the first time I have ever done a triathlon. To be able to represent the school makes it even more fun."

As well as sharing the course with competitors from throughout Sweden and further afield, all Internationella Engelska Skolan schools will compete for the rights to hold the Internationella Engelska Skolan Triathlon Challenger Cup for a year.

Not only are all schools sending teams of students but principals have formed a team to participate in the Olympic distance relay competition, which will see competitors swim 1.5km, cycle 40km and run 10km.

The event will be held at Sjöhistoriska museet on Kungliga Djurgården on Sunday, August 21. Afterwards a ceremony will be held to hand the cup over to this year's winning school.

The event will provide a real spectacle.  Students, staff and parents are asked to come out to cheer on those taking part.