(Photo Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette) Nick Pagan (10) poses for a photo in the pool at the Central YMCA on Franklin Blvd Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014. He is in training for a youth triathlon.
Training for a youth triathlon helps release excess energy. That’s Nick Pagan’s philosophy.
Two days a week, he swims and runs at the Central YMCA in Gastonia.
It’s the beginning of training for the Triathlon Around Gaston in September. It’s a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event with times recorded in swimming, running and biking.
Pagan, 10, builds endurance swimming at the YMCA pool. He’s learning to pace his breathing to maximize energy. “I’m very hyper,” he said, pulling off his goggles. “One of my favorite ways of staying active is jumping on my trampoline at home.”
Training: The triathlon is open to kids ages 7-14. It will be held at the Gardner Acres Swim and Tennis Club in Gastonia.
Pagan is one of 50 students receiving scholarships to pay for training and registration fees. The Gaston County Medical Society Alliance is partnering with the YMCA to offer the training.
It’s possible through an $8,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County, said Heather Hodde Nigbor, president of the GCMSA.