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Sharon's Frontpage Archive 2000
December 21, 2000 - "Donnelly has eyes for Athens"
Ottawa Sun Story
By ROB BRODIE, Ottawa Sun
Once is not enough for Sharon Donnelly.

The 33-year-old from Ottawa has confirmed she intends to take a run at making Canada's triathlon team for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Donnelly, who had her first Olympics ruined by a crash early in the bike portion of the event in Sydney in September, had earlier talked of only competing through 2002. But she told the Sun this week the chance to relive the Olympic experience is too much of a lure to pass up.

Article taken off-line.

December 19, 2000 - Happy Holidays and All the Best for 2001
Happy Holidays and All the Best for 2001 From Sharon Donnelly!

I can't believe that the big Millennium Year is coming to an end! It just flew by; without a computer glitch or telephone snag to be seen! So much for the scare of the world crashing from the big BUG! Anyways, it was an incredible year for Dave (my husband) and I. Of course, I am referring to the Olympic Games, my lifetime dream and goal. Some of you know how my race unfolded in Sydney and others do not, so I will fill you in on that and some of my most memorable experiences of not only the Olympic Games but other events of the year. I hope you enjoy the following 'long-winded' tale of my millennium year!

The rest of Sharon's story...

December 1, 2000 - Sirius Christmas Party
Sharon's Olympic Uniform

Sirius President and CEO, Ken Parker, with Sharon's Olympic uniform which Sharon presented to Sirius at the Sirius Consulting Christmas party.

Sirius, which has sponsored Sharon for the past 3.5 years, committed to continuing it's sponsorship through to the 2004 Athens Olympics.

November 17, 2000 -Final Top-25 World Cup Rankings 2000: Women
The ITU has published their final rankings for 2000 and Sharon is ranked 10th.
Check the complete list at www.triathlon.org
October 26, 2000 - A Canadian Olympic Honour Roll
CBC Sports Online - They didn't all win medals. They weren't even all among the 54 top-eight finishes the COA trumpeted as the Olympic closing ceremonies loomed. But these athletes all caught the attention of CBC Sports Online as having acquitted themselves admirably, often under very trying circumstances. Taken off-line by the CBC
October 4, 2000 - Sharon and Lynne Bermel
Sharon and Lynne Bermel

Sharon and Lynne Bermel, former world ranked Ironman triathlete and military teammate.

Sharon and Lynne represented Canada's military at several world military running championships.

October 4, 2000 - Sharon Returns to Canada
Sharon signing autographs in Kingston

Sharon arrived home today and was met by friends and supporters in both Ottawa and Kingston. The Ottawa coverage is available from the Ottawa Citizen. and the Kingston coverage from the Kingston Whig-Standard.

September 30, 2000 - Olympic Race Report
Sharon at Sydney Olympics Gutsy Donnelly finishes despite fall,
Bloodied and bruised, triathlete makes it to end of cycling segment

By Randy Starkman, Toronto Star Sports Reporter

Sydney - Triathlete Sharon Donnelly has been featured in recruitment posters for the Canadian Forces Reserves.

After watching her courageous performance yesterday in the first ever Olympic triathlon, it's easy to understand why.

Donnelly crashed on the second lap of the cycling portion of the demanding event, got up bloodied and bruised, and had to rush as fast as her battered body would let her to cover the 400 metres she needed to get to a repair stop to get a new wheel for her bike.

Her hopes of a medal dashed, Donnelly was still determined to finish the race and had to avoid being lapped, which would have disqualified her from the race.

``I wanted to cross the finish line,'' said the 33-year-old native of Toronto. ``Everything I did was so that I could cross that line. I didn't want to get pulled off. I had to get up and get going again. I wanted to see my family in the stands.''

Donnelly's mom, Phyllis, and brother Alan, had made the trip from Toronto, while husband Dave Rudnicki came from their home in Kingston.

``I'm pretty banged up,'' said the former competitive swimmer. ``My whole left side seized on me. I'm look at my bike right now and it's got blood spots all over it. There's blood all over my suit, too. I didn't have any red on it so I figured I better add some being a Canadian and all, eh. At least over the final two kilometres, I got to smile at every Canadian waving a flag on the route.''

Canadian coach Barrie Shepley gave Donnelly full credit for her gutsy showing.

``For me, that shows just what kind of courage she has,'' said Shepley. ``Instead of thinking `Oh well, I can't win a medal so I'll drop out, she gets right back in there. I know she felt a heavy sense of responsibility not to let the people behind her down. I know she's not as disappointed for herself as she is for those who cared about her.''

Shepley thought both Donnelly and Carol Montgomery, who crashed during the cycling part of the race, might have been felt a bit jittery considering the magnitude of the event.

``There might have been a little bit of nerves racing with the eyes of the world watching,'' said Shepley. ``There might have been a little bit of undue pressure. I was very proud of her for finishing up.''

September 11 - 29, 2000 - Updates
Having followed Sharon's Olympic journey for the past 3 years, I am off to Sydney to watch her race on Saturday (Sydney time - Friday 7 PM Ottawa time). Following the race I am going scuba diving for 10 days and will not have update access to Sharon's site. I will return on September 29th.
Visit the Runner's Web to access links which are providing ongoing Olympics coverage.
Triathlon Canada will be providing Olympic updates here.

Ken Parker, Sharon's site webmaster and proud sponsor.
September 11, 2000 - Ottawa Citizen Olympic Profile
Sharon Donnelly - Ottawa Citizen Triathlete's plan paying off

Sharon Donnelly gave herself five years to reach elite level status, and she's done it. Martin Cleary reports in the Ottawa Citizen.

When Sharon Donnelly decided in 1996 that she wanted to become a world-class triathlete, she carefully designed a five-year plan.

"I knew it would take time," the former competitive swimmer says about attaining the right physical and mental characteristics to compete against the best in the world.

After graduating from the Canadian age-group scene as one of the top butterfly swimmers in the country, she discovered the triathlon. All she had to do was become a good freestyle swimmer and add the cycling and running components -- a major task, indeed.

More...from the Ottawa Citizen

September 9, 2000 - CBC Sports Profile of Sharon
Taken off-line
September 7, 2000 - Sharon on CBC Radio
Sharon can be heard on CBC Radio in Ottawa (91.5 FM) at 4:40 PM EDT Friday September 15th in a pre-recorded interview. This interview can also be heard via the internet at www.ottawa.cbc.ca.

Following the interview, tune in to CBC Television for the Women's Olympic Triathlon live from Sydney, Australia.

August 26, 2000 - Going For Gold
Today's Kingston Whig-Standard profiles Kingston connected triathletes, Sharon and Simon Whitfield.

It's mind-boggling when you think about it - the fact that half of the Canadian Olympic triathlon team has significant ties to this terrific old town. In a country where last year 50,000 people polished off a tortuous triathlon - which combines in rapid succession a 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run - two of the best four share intrinsic links to this limestone lair. What are the odds?

Story taken off-line by the Whig-Standard.

August 25, 2000 - The Life and Times of Sharon Donnelly
Runner's Web columnist, Lynne Bermel has a 3 part interview with Sharon.

Parts One and Two are available from Lynne's Column page on the Runner's Web.

Part Three will be available on September 1st.

Check it on the Runner's Web.
Click "Lynne Bermel's Column" in the Main Index on the left of the page.

August 17, 2000 - Sharon's Olympic Profile
Sharon's Olympic profile will be shown Tuesday August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. EDT during CTV SportsCentral show.
It will run again later that day at 10:00 p.m. during CTV's Primetime edition of SportsCentral.
August 13, 2000 - Ottawa Citizen Weekly Feature on Sharon
Sharon Donnelly - Ottawa Citizen The swim, bike, run, of her life
Christopher Shulgan
The Ottawa Citizen

Sept. 16, 2000, 6 a.m.

Sharon Donnelly shakes her head as if to clear all thought from her brain. With an hour to go before the buzz of her alarm, she lies still in the bed of her Sydney hotel room, and visualizes the women's triathlon that will open the Sydney Summer Games at 10 a.m.

Like a cinematographer of pain, the 33-year-old athlete projects each instant of the two-hour race from start to finish. It's a prerace ritual, an old athlete's trick that helps her prepare for flubbed transitions or missteps. She kept to the routine before her gold-medal finishes at the 1999 Pan-Am Games and the 1997 Canadian championships. She adheres to it when training in Kingston, where she lives with her husband, David Rudnicki. But this morning the routine seems more important than ever. In one way or another, Donnelly has been training for the Olympics since she was nine years old.

The complete article is available from the Ottawa Citizen.

August 6, 2000 - Ottawa Sun Feature on Sharon
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On a Friday night in September, Sharon Donnelly will finally finish her long Olympic quest

By Rob Brodie -- Ottawa Sun, August 6, 2000

There is a little box tucked away ever so carefully somewhere in her dresser, so special are its contents.
What it lacks in size, the box more than makes up for with the magic it contains.
Memories of Olympians past, of athletes who put stars in the eyes of an admiring nine-year-old girl.
Even today, more than two decades later, Sharon Donnelly talks with amazement about those 1976 Canadian Olympic team cards, pictures of 25 childhood heroes she can still think about with a sense of awe.
"The things you find when you move," said the triathlete from Ottawa, who now resides in Kingston with husband Dave Rudnicki. "I opened this little box in my dresser and there were these trading cards from the 1976 Olympics ... I'd kept them all these years.
"That was the first Olympics that I remember, and it made a really big impression on me."

The complete article is available from the Ottawa Sun.

July 30, 2000 - Corner Brook, Newfoundland ITU World Cup Triathlon
Sharon @ Corner Brook 2000 In her last triathlon prior to the Sydney Olympics, Sharon placed 6th in the Corner Brook, Newfoundland Triathlon in a time of 2:14:31.
Sharon had the 3rd fastest swim, 4th fastest bike and was 8th during the 10K run.
Complete results are available from the race site at: http://www.triourworld.com.
July 20, 2000 - A Lone Star Sendoff
A Lonestar Sendoff Sharon gets serenaded with "Happy Olympics" by the staff at the Lone Star restaurant as a number of Sharon's Ottawa friends gathered to wish her well in the Olympics.
July 10, 2000 - Coming Up
Sharon will be competing in the Corner Brook Triathlon (ITU World Cup) on July 30th and then going to a training camp in Victoria, BC from the 6th of August to September 3rd. She then heads off to Australia to prepare for Sydney.
July 8, 2000 - Sharon is 2nd in Toronto ITU World Cup Triathlon
Toronto Triathlon Top 3 Women Sharon placed 2nd in today's ITU World Cup Triathlon in Toronto.
She was 2nd after the swim, 2 seconds behind Jennifer Gutierrez of the US, 1 second behind her into the bike/run transition and then first out onto the run portion.
Canada's Carol Montgomery ran a 32:32 10K split to pass Sharon and place first giving Canada a 1-2 finish.
For complete results and some photos visit the Toronto Triathlon web site.

More Links:

Canadian women dominate triathlon


Pre-Race Coverage:
Over $200,000US in triathlon prize money!
Veteran Montgomery recovers remarkably from artery blockage
July 7, 2000 - Globe and Mail: "Donnelly wants to make amends"
Gold medalist has had her biggest success and most bitter disappointment in Canada. More..from Beverley Smith of the Globe and Mail

The Kingston Whig Standard has carried several stories on Sharon. Stories have been taken off-line.

July 3, 2000 - Olympic Profiles week 5: Canada
Sharon @ Monaco 99 The ITU site this week profiles the Canadian Olympic Triathlon team.

Sharon's personal profile is contained here.

June 24, 2000 - Army trained, Army tough
Sharon - DND Captain Sharon Donnelly will lead the Canadian triathlon team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and the Army is officially supporting her bid. "I'm really proud of my time in the Army and the Canadian Forces," she said.
June 10, 2000 - Olympic countdown begins for Donnelly
Sharon Patrick Kennedy, Kingston Whig Standard

Donnelly: Counting the days

"Do you know it's exactly 100 days today," Sharon Donnelly updated a caller early Thursday evening on the time remaining before the first toe hits the Pacific in the inaugural Olympic triathlon.

The caller confessed he hadn't realized the countdown to Down Under was about to slip - Egads! - into double-digit territory. Then again why would he?

He would, however, lay eight-to-five on Donnelly's math being bang on the money. The date of this September's historic triathlon in Sydney has jiggled about in her memory bank for more than a year, back when she became the first Canuck to qualify for the event.

Are the days ticked off one at a time?

"I don't use a calendar," declared the defending Pan American Games gold medallist and national champion, "but believe me, there's one in my head."

These are heady days for the bright, soon-to-be-33-year-old army captain - currently on leave while she prepares to pan for gold on the great island continent. (Kingstonian Simon Whitfield represents the male contingent of the four-member Canadian team.)

"Sometimes I really do feel like pinching myself," said Donnelly. "I mean, oh my gosh, the Olympics! It's something I never imagined happening to me."

Until five years ago, that is. In 1995, the International Olympic Committee welcomed triathlon to its five-ring circus of sinew and sweat and ordered the first full-medal races to be contested at the upcoming 2000 Games.

By then, Donnelly was already an established triathlete in this country and an emerging player on the global circuit. The IOC decision changed any previously-set goals. The transported Limestoner now had an Olympic dream.

Donnelly trained diligently, while receiving unbridled support and encouragement from her then-boyfriend-now-husband David Rudnicki, No. 4 Squadron leader at RMC - the couple's alma mater.

She captured the 1997 national crown and duplicated the feat last year in Edmonton. She has posted several top-10 finishes in World Cup races including a second at the 1999 event in Monaco.

In truth, this is actually the second Olympic dream for the Scarborough native, who as a teenage swimmer, flirted with the possibility of competition at the '84 Games in Los Angeles.

In 1982, Donnelly was a skinny, two-legged dolphin knifing through pool water with fabulous speed. At one time she was the country's top-ranked woman in the 100-metre butterfly; fifth-ranked in the 100-metre freestyle.

But before the ensuing Olympic-qualifying meets rolled around, her love of competitive swimming was quickly diminishing. Donnelly competed at the Olympic Trials, but was never a factor. Shortly thereafter, she left the sport.

"I never came close to peaking," admitted this petite, personable sort whose smile could light up a dungeon. "If I wasn't burned out at the time, I was sure close. I'd been in competitive swimming for seven years, four of them at the national level," she pointed out. "It was time for something else."

Something else turned out to be the tortuous triathlon. Her baptism occurred south of Hamilton in 1989. Donnelly, hoodwinked into driving a car-less Kingston entrant to the Grimsby Triathlon, figured 'while I'm here, why not?' She placed second in her age group and blew town with a plaque, a new pair of shorts and newfound passion for the swim-cycle-run pastime.

Fast forward a decade and the tenacious triathlete is today a major player in the sport kick-started a quarter-century ago at Fiesta Island, S.D.

With major players come major costs and therefore the need for major funding. Donnelly is fortunate to sport three enthusiastic backers - Empire Financial Group, the Canadian Military and Ottawa-based Sirius Consulting Group - in her corner.

Yesterday, 99 days to you-know-what, she was at the law offices of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little and Bonham to express appreciation to the Empire group - her chief sponsor this year and next.

Law firm partner Gary Tranmer, a fellow triathlete who helped bring sponsor and athlete together, said Donnelly is worth every penny of support.

"Sharon's not only a very talented athlete, she's a very real person, someone people can readily identify with and feel good about. She has an outstanding sense of loyalty and responsibility, and best of all she is a genuinely nice person."

The women's triathlon is first up at the September Games, the follow-up medals the first three awarded.

Dogged, determined Donnelly not only eyes a spot on the podium, she's after the highest perch.

"I never go into a race looking to finish second."

'Nuff said.

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June 4, 2000 - Sharon Wins Beat Beethoven 8K
Sharon won this morning's Beat Beethoven 8K Road Race in Kingston, Ontario. Her time was 28:18; she was 67 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher.
May 19, 2000 - Sharon Named to Sydney Olympic Team
Canadian Olympic Triathlon Team
Canada's 2000 Olympic Triathlon Team
L to R: Isabelle Turcotte-Baird (Quebec, QC), Carol Montgomery (N. Vancouver, BC/CB), Simon Whitfield (Victoria, BC/CB), Sharon Donnelly (Kingston, ON)

Triathlon Canada announced today the triathlon nominees for the 2000 Canadian Team to compete in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in September, where the sport of Triathlon will makes its Olympic debut. The women’s triathlon event will be the first medal awarded of the Games in the this millennium. The event will take place with the scenic back drop of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Botanic Gardens, and Sydney Harbour providing the race course for the 1.5km swim, 40km cycle, and 10km run.

Canada has qualified three (3) women, the maximum permitted, and one (1) man for the Olympic Games competition. These triathletes have met the Triathlon Canada, International Triathlon Union ("ITU"), and Canadian Olympic Association ("COA") qualifying standards over the last 12-24 months. While the team members have qualified under the joint agreement between Triathlon Canada and the COA, at this time the athletes have not been officially named to the 2000 Canadian Olympic Team. The COA will officially announce the Canadian Olympic Team once its Team Selection Committee has met to finalize and approve the nominees.

The Olympic Triathlon Nominees for Canada are as follows:

Women:

Sharon Donnelly, Kingston, ON
1999 Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Two (2) time Canadian Triathlon Champion (1997, 1999)
Six (6) top 10 World Cup finishes in 1998 & 1999

Carol Montgomery, North Vancouver, BC

Three (3) World Championships medals (Silver – 1990, 2000; Bronze 1996)
Five (5) time Canadian Triathlon Champion
1999 Pan American Games Bronze Medalist (Triathlon)
1995 Pan American Games Silver and Bronze Medal (Athletics)
Winner of 2000 Rio de Janeiro World Cup Triathlon
Qualified for Olympic 10,000m event in addition to triathlon

Isabelle Turcotte-Baird, Quebec City, QC

10th - 1999 Pan American Games
Two (2) time bronze medalist - Canadian Triathlon Championships (1997, 1998)
7th place World Cup finish – Rio de Janeiro, 2000

Men:

Simon Whitfield, Victoria, BC

Two (2) World Championships top 10 performances (1997 – 9th, 1999 – 7th)
Bronze medalist 1999 Pan American Games
Two (2) time Canadian Triathlon Champion(1997, 1998)
Four (4) top 12 World Cup finishes since September 1999

Triathlon Canada is extremely excited about the medal potential of this team as all of the candidates have had top world performances this year and are in good form.

Triathlon Canada also selected Barrie Shepley of Bolton, ON, as the Team Leader and Paul Regensburg of Jasper, AB, as the alternate Team Leader.


May 10, 2000 - Sharon Returns Home To Canada
Sharon returns home today via Toronto and Ottawa before driving home to Kingston, Ontario. She has been training and racing from her base in Australia.

She most recently competed in the Xerox Triathlon Tour in Australia. The Australia Gold team won the Tour in Australia with their Green team second. Canada, whose team consisted of Sharon Donnelly, Simon Whitfield and Kelly Guest, placed third. New Zealand was fourth and Japan fifth.


April 30, 2000 - ITU Perth Triathlon World Championships
Sharon placed 21st in today's race in a time of 1:56:58 for a shortened course. The run ended up being under 8K as an incorrect number of laps were run.

Sharon was pleased with her wetsuit swim and ended up in a large bike pack. She felt that she would have moved up in the pack on the run had it been the regulation 10K distance.

Sharon returns home to Kingston on May 10th.

For links to complete race reports and results visit the Runner's Web FrontPage.


April 16, 2000 - ITU Sydney World Cup Triathlon
From Triathlon Canada:

The much hyped threat of shark attacks in the Sydney Harbour were not a factor as 150 of the world’s best triathletes competed here today in the Sydney World Cup Triathlon. The famous Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge provided the scenic backdrop to what was a dress rehearsal for the Olympic Games as well as one of the final opportunities for the athletes to qualify for Triathlon’s debut on the Olympic Programme in September.

The waters were guarded by underwater craft and military divers with shark deterring instruments as the triathletes started what many consider to be the most competitive triathlon in the history of the sport. Several countries, including Australia, France, Germany, USA and Spain were using the event as a means of selecting their own Olympic Squad. The two Canadians competing, Sharon Donnelly of Kingston, Ontario, and Isabelle Turcotte Baird of Quebec City, had both gained their Olympic Berths earlier in the season and were racing for experience on the Olympic course.

In the women’s race, Barb Lindquist of the USA opened a gap over the rest of the pack on the 1.5k swim in Farm Cove while Australia’s Nicole Hackett found herself alone in second. Canadian Sharon Donnelly had an un characteristically slow swim emerging from the water 1:25 behind the leaders. Hackett quickly caught Lindquist on the bike and 2 worked together until they were reeled in by the chase group that included the Australian pre-race favourite, Michellie Jones. After entering the second transition Jones took the lead out on to the run never to be caught again. A pair of Swiss Triathletes, Brigette McMahon and Magalli Messmer had stellar runs to take the silver and bronze placing respectively. After 1 crash on the bike and a near second, Donnelly found herself well down after the 40k bike segment but was tough on the run good for a 29th position. Isabelle Turcotte-Baird, the other Canadian Olympic qualifier, had a consistent race while gaining valuable experience on the course and ended with a 35th placing.

Sharon's next race is the ITU World Championships in Perth, Australia on April 30th.


April 2, 2000 - Ottawa ACT Sports Awards
For the third year in a row Sharon has been named the ACT Sports Awards "Triathlete of the Year" for the Ottawa area.
April 1, 2000 - Sharon 5th in Hawaii
After a rough start and tough conditions, Sharon placed 5th in today's World Cup in Hawaii in a time of 2:03:15.

Her next race is the Sydney WC on April 16th.

The following email was received from Sharon after the race:

"Hello Everyone

I was originally going to write this to Lance (my coach) but I thought I might as well fill in everyone at the same time - I don't know when I will get to a computer again!

I just returned from my race and watching the men's WC race. It was a tough day at the office! It was so nice yesterday and then I awoke this morning to high winds! They changed the swim from one loop to two loops because the conditions were too bad further out. It was a rough swim for the women as the tide had not come in fully and as a result a lot of the coral reefs were right at the surface! Of course with the high winds, the usually clear water was murky and we couldn't see the coral until we were on top of it! Our race started and I had a good start, I was sighting well and I thought I saw the lead Kayak in front of me and then on my next look I was right on top of him (he wasn't the lead kayak but rather a guy on a surfboard sitting on a coral reef - to steer us away - it was right in the middle of the pack) by the time I climbed over it I was near the back of the back getting clobbered and swum over. It was so bad that I finally stopped did a breaststroke pull or two, and looked back (there was no one behind me!) I saw clear water to the right and swam over another girl to get to it!! When I got clear I could only think "oh great that's the race, let's at least get to the second pack!) Well, after a few strokes, I saw ahead that the lead girls weren't that far ahead - so I just hammered and kicked like hell to catch them. (It was extremely wavy) and by the first turn-a-round buoy I had caught them! I swam with them and on the way into the finish of the swim, they had taken away the big marking buoy that we had used for the first loop - so none of us could really make out a good line. Guess what? we went too far to the right (closer to the exit chute and I was on the extreme right) where there were lava rocks and coral everywhere. I had to go on all fours to get out to the beach. I lost a number of girls there and had to sprint up the beach to transition to make the pack.

I had a great transition (partly because I save time by not putting on my Oakleys - I tape them on my bike to put on when I have time). The first part of the race went on the infamous Queen K highway and into the brutal head wind! I was hurting pretty bad because of the work I had put in on the swim and the run to my bike. I recovered and we had quite a large pack with about 10-12 girls. Michellie was there as well as a few Americans, Japanese and Germans. I didn't take as many pulls as my previous race in Canberra, I tried to take my pulls when we had a tail wind and on the hill section. We put about 10-14 seconds per lap on the chase pack, which had Carol Montgomery in it. We also lapped Ericka Molnar from Hungary. Some of the bike was hairy as the cross wind was so strong that you had to be careful of others moving unexpectedly.

Into the bike/run transition we had over a 2minute lead on pack#2. I had a great transition. I was even with Michellie and Anja Dittmer coming in and first out. But Michellie quickly caught me during the deep sand running portion. The first lap was tough - the air was very dry and my breathing was very laboured. My quads felt pretty wasted. I started to recover a bit into the second (of four laps). I tried to stick with Joanna Zeiger when she passed me, but at that point in the race I was struggling a bit and more concerned of finishing! The second half though I maintained my pace with her (she was further up the way). It was tough run with a good hill and head wind of course. I also could see the other competitors and could see that Carol was having an incredible run (she ended up with the fastest split I think).

I was fifth. Michellie Jones was first, second was Anja Dittmer, third: Joanna Zeiger (35 secs ahead of me), fourth:Brigitte McMahon. Carol Montgomery was seventh.

The men's race was exciting and the wind had picked up even more for them - but at least the tide was higher for them! It was good because there were a number of small packs rather than the customary huge one and also some competitors were able to bridge up to other packs as well. A great thing to see was Canadian Sebastian Laflamme bridge up from the back of the second (maybe event he third pack) to the first pack!! Wow! He did pay a price in the run, but I think that was a great race for him! (I didn't know what place he ended up) Simon finished 11th. He said he was tired and couldn't push that "extra" today - not bad six days after racing in Brazil. Steffan pulled out as he said he had a very poor swim. Hamish Carter was 1st and 43 year old Rob Barel from the Netherlands was second! (it was amazing to see him race with running shoes on the bike!!)

Overall, I was happy with my race - especially in that I fought back in the swim, and didn't give in. I still need to be more aggressive in the run and not back off from the "hurt."

The week has been wonderful here in Hawaii and staying at the Hilton Waikoloa. Having Dave come and visit was a huge bonus (he arrived on Friday morning). The Hilton has been so helpful as they sponsored me for the event with free accommodation and food for Dave and I (I ate at the employee's cafeteria - which was great food - and it also saved me so much time!) I have never stayed at such a nice hotel! What an experience! It was my first time ever to Hawaii and it will definitely be a memorable one! And I get to enjoy a Luau this evening and a full day tomorrow before Dave and I leave tomorrow night (in opposite directions - Dave back home and me back to Australia)

So, hope that wasn't too long - I have not written much since I have been away - so I owe you some!

All the best and thank you everyone for all of your support. All of you support me in so many different ways. I couldn't do this without you all. THANK YOU

Sincerely
Sharon"


March 21, 2000
Sharon improved her personal best time for the 5K for the second time this year as she won the Hogs Breath 5K in a time of 16:47 last night. She was the first woman and 2nd overall.

Sharon's next race is the ITU Triathlon in Hawaii on April 1st.


March 12, 2000 - Sharon 5th in Canberra
Sharon was fifth in her first triathlon of the 2000 season in Canberra, Australia in a time of 1:59:16.2.

This report is from Sharon's husband, Dave who spoke with Sharon by phone after the race:

Sharon was very happy with her swimming. Her shoulder is 100%.

She swam about 90-95% effort and came out of the water first with Nancy Kempt-Arnt. Her lead bike pack also included Michellie Jones and an unknown Japanese and they started with a 45 sec lead and maintained that for the whole bike. The bike loop was only 4km long so Sharon's pack actually lapped two packs. This meant the two lapped packs were pulled out of the race. One of the top Brits(Michelle Dillon was in one of these packs) so Sharon and Michellie were happy about that.

They started the run with 45 sec lead but due to the dry air and the fact that Sharon and Michellie did all the work on the bike, her asthma kicked in a bit for the first 3 km slowing her down but she ended up having a negative split. All in all she was very pleased with her race.

Top five: 1. Michellie, 2. a second unknown Japanese (Akiko Hirao) from the second bike pack who is apparently a top runner from Japan and she outsprinted Jackie and Steph for second. , 3. Jackie G 4. Steph Forrester and 5. Sharon. Emma DNF, Joanne King not sure and Isabelle B. 11th.

Mens: 1. Chris Hill, 2. Ran Rahula 3. Simon Whitfield 4. Reto Hug 11th: Stefan Timms Canada.

The Canberra Times should have pre and post race coverage.

There is a report from the Sydney Morning Herald on the Runner's Web News Page


March 7, 2000
Sharon will be racing her first triathlon of the 2000 season in Canberra at an ITU points race.

As of today there is not much information available at either site but this should change through the week.

The Canberra Times should have pre and post race coverage.


February 22, 2000
Sharon is hard at work, training in Australia. Husband Dave is over visiting.
Last night Sharon entered a local road race, The Hog's Breath Cafe 5km Run, and she ran 17:03 and won a free dinner! That is also a PR for Sharon.

Sharon has decided to compete in the ITU points race in Canberra on March 12th.


January 24, 2000
Sharon has been experiencing 40 degree days in Australia, a little different from the weather she left behind in Canada.

She has been training with Canadian coach Lance Watson and will continue to do so until the race in Perth on April 30th.

There are a large number of Canadian athletes training Down Under including Simon Whitfield, Lachlan Vollmerhause, Jamie Cleveland, Lisa Bentley, Cheryl Murphy, Steffan Timms, Mike Neil, Lucy Smith.


January 11, 2000
Triathlon Canada today announced the 2000 Canadian National Triathlon Team and to no one's surprise, it includes Sharon.

Visit Triathlon Canada for more details.


January 5, 2000
Sharon left this morning for Australia for her winter training and race season. She will return on May 3rd following the ITU World Championships in Perth Australia.

Check Sharon's Road to the Olympics page for her 2000 competition schedule.


December 31, 1999
Donnelly heads Down Under in search of Olympic gold

By Mike Norris, Whig-Standard Staff Writer

It all started for Sharon Donnelly when she gave a friend a drive to a triathlon in Grimsby, Ont., 10 years ago.

Now, the journey will take the Royal Military College graduate to Sydney, Australia, where she will compete in September in the first-ever full-medal Olympic women's triathlon.

"I finished second in my age group and won a plaque and a pair of shorts," said Donnelly, recalling her first foray into the sport that combines swimming, biking and running.

"My friend at the base [CFB Borden in Barrie] wanted me to try it," added Donnelly, who met the media at Runners Choice yesterday. "He didn't have a car. I think he wanted me to go just because he needed a ride."

That trip launched a career in which the 32-year-old Donnelly, who lives at CFB Kingston with her husband, has won the 1999 Pan Am Games gold medal and '97 and '99 Canadian championships.

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