Posted by: David D. Daggett | October 12, 2009

True Champions

True Champions

      How do you define a champion? For me a champion means more than just winning. This weekend at the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championships we had a display of true champions.

For me, champions have to do more than just win. They have to display admirable and enduring qualities such as integrity, character, and leadership. These qualities transform winners into true champions for all of us.

The Ironman treated us to true champions. Chrissie Wellington and Craig Alexander are great examples for all of us. In addition to the enjoyment of watching them race and display their athletic talents, they also inspire us in the way they do it.

Chrissie Wellington has undoubtedly become one of the best Ironman triathletes in the history of the sport. The course record at the world championships added just one more jewel to her amazing crown of successes. More importantly, she continues to display the endearing qualities that she shared with us when we first met her. She always presents that joyous smile, which when combined with her care and concern for others is what makes her a champion.

Alexander, or Crowie as he is known, is a tremendous example of a family man. He clearly cares for and spends time with his wife and two small children. Crowie is quiet and confident, yet always humble. Then, on race day he displays the results of his dedication and hard work. We have only met Crowie briefly a couple of times, but he always shows those same qualities of honor and respect.

We are fortunate to again have Ironman winners who we can also call champions. Congratulations Chrissie and Crowie, and thank you for the gifts you share with all of us.

Supporting true champions,


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