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Martin Sobey goes for a run along the Charlottetown waterfront Tuesday.
Triathlete will be training at high-performance centre on West Coast
Martin Sobey will soon be pushed by Canada's top triathletes.
The 19-year-old Charlottetown native leaves Sunday for Phoenix, Ariz., for a four-week training camp. He then heads to Victoria, B.C., where he will be living and training with Triathlon Canada's training group at a new high-performance centre.
Sobey got involved in the sport in the months leading into the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que.
"I feel pretty fortunate because I am so new to it and have an opportunity like this," Sobey said. "It's pretty amazing, really."
Sobey said he's been fortunate to work with great coaches on the Island, including his head coach Kara Grant, Jamie Whynacht, Bill Calhoun and Kris Taylor. They have helped him with his running, cycling and swimming.
He said there are others who have helped him grow in the sport and get to international competitions.
"I feel fortunate and lucky to have the support of my mom (Alanna Jankov) and my coaches from P.E.I., who have (helped) me improved drastically in just a short amount of time," he said.
I feel pretty fortunate because I am so new to it and have an opportunity like this. Martin Sobey, triathlon
Sobey finished fourth this year in the Canadian Junior Elite Race Series, but now it is time to take the next step in his progression, as he one day hopes to compete for Canada at the Olympics. The next goal is to be competitive at the international elite level racing scene as he moves up to the men's division.
"To be able to move out there and be living and training with people who are doing exactly what I am doing, and who I will be competing with, will definitely help bring me, hopefully, to that next level," Sobey said.
Swimming was the last of the three disciplines he picked up, so it is the one he has to continue to improve on the most.
Sobey is in his second year at UPEI and will take some online courses while in British Columbia. If the winter and spring go well, he plans to enroll at the University of Victoria.