With only a few days left until the Olympic Triathlon Team heads to Beijing, there's no better way to send them off in style than to let them know you'll be cheering for them. All of the athletes have a blog or website that you can visit to keep up to date on their adventures, and to send a message of support:
As added incentive, and because I know you all love competition, let's make this a contest. Your job is to send all six athletes a message/comment of support between now and Thursday Aug. 14th. For every comment you leave, I'll enter your name in a hat, and I'll draw one winner. The winner of our little contest will get to attend the OAT Training Days at the PTC in Guelph for FREE for the 2008-2009 season. Here are the rules:
1) Eligible training day athletes must be between 12-20years old by Dec. 31, 2009
2) Contest runs from Sun Aug 10th to Thurs Aug 14th at 11:59pm EST
3) You will get a point per comment (max 1 per olympic athlete blog). Every point means your name in the hat; for example 6 points means we put 6 pieces of paper in the hat with your name on it, giving you a better chance to win.
4) You must leave your name (ie. John Smith, J. Smith, John S.) with the comment so I can confirm your comment.
5) You will get your name in the hat for each athlete you send a message to, but you will not get added credit for multiple messages to the same athlete.
6) Parents, siblings and friends can also leave a comment on behalf of an eligible athlete (ie. Sue Smith for John Smith), to add to the point total. For example, if mom, dad and little brother also leave a message for Colin Jenkins, that's three extra points, and three more chances to win the contest.
The men's team all have blogs, while the women's team have websites where you can leave a comment and/or send an e-mail. If you have to send an e-mail, just cc me on the message to earn your point.
Our funding has changed for the upcoming year, and it doesn't look like we'll be able to offer the training days for FREE for targeted athletes, so this would be a great way to keep attending the training days free of charge for another year.
Let the Games, and the Contest, begin.