Spring and summer time brings us our T.R.A.S.H. Scholarship athletes. Over the years, SBR owners/coaches Mark Kochanski and Tammy Coplien have seen tremendous value in the sport of triathlon physically, mentally and spiritually. A few years ago Mark and Tammy became motivated to help support up and coming triathletes who attend UW Madison, who are serious about their training currently and plan to continue the sport after graduation. This year is the 3rd year of the scholarship opportunity, and it is being provided to two aspiring student-athletes.
The scholarship co-created by SBR and Tammy and Mark, includes a personalized training plan with Coach Bill Martin for the Summer, a weekly email check-in for accountability and updates, and a monthly one-on-one coaching session. Also included is the participation in a minimum of 3 group weekly practices (including open water and pool swimming, bike and run practices).
This year's winners are Brenna Utphall and Andrew Maxfield. Watch for them at your local races!
Triathlon has become an enormous part of my life, physically, socially and mentally. Physically, triathlon has made me realize that with consistency and hard work, I can do things I never thought I’d be capable of. Socially, I have made many new friends who share my passion and love of triathlon. In addition to races, the team plans socials and training trips throughout the year. My teammates have become some of my best friends. Mentally, triathlon has alleviated my stress by helping me balance work, school, and practice. Going to practice at the end of the day is very rewarding and my favorite part of the day.
Joining the team here at UW-Madison was what made me fall in love with the sport of triathlon. Not only do I get to compete in the sports I grew up on, I get to train with people who are equally passionate about what they do. I can confidently say I’ve made some of my best friends here on the triathlon team. The sport of triathlon and the people I train with help push me towards my goals, both on the course and off. The satisfaction of hard work and achievement that triathlon brings for me isn’t comparable to anything else I do.