Flying Fynn fires up

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Promising Queenstown triathlete Fynn Thompson’s training regime has stepped up a gear.

The 18-year-old, who competed in the under-19 elite division of the world championships in Edmonton, Canada, this year, this week shifted to Triathlon New Zealand’s high performance centre at Cambridge, near Hamilton, for the summer.

Fynn believes training at the centre, which attracts the country’s top triathletes, will help his quest to compete in the 2020 Olympics and possibly the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve spent blocks of time up there this year and the training and the quality of athletes you get to train and associate with is second to none.

“Just having the awesome facilities and the time to be able to train will make it so much easier.”

Fynn, who finished second in this year’s under-19 nationals, says he was initially quite disappointed to place 52nd in the world champs.

“But the main goal was just to race at this level and experience what it’s like.

“I came away pretty motivated, and I know what I need to do to go back next year and have a crack at it.”

He’ll still qualify for the under-19 division at next year’s world champs in Chicago, USA. After finishing Wakatipu High last year, Fynn has juggled training and working at H&J’s Outdoor World’s bike shop.

Next year he’ll study sport science extramurally through Massey University, in Palmerston North, while aiming to make Triathlon NZ’s high performance team.

His next major competition is the Oceania junior champs in Sydney, Australia, in January.

Fynn says the running triathlon leg is his strength while his swimming needs the most work.

Asked what he enjoys most about the sport, he says it’s the constant challenge.

“It’s one of the fastest-growing sports out there.

“In order to be the best you’ve just got to keep learning and developing.” 

– Philip Chandler