Training session set
for Kids Triathlon

Registration has begun for the First Security Conway Kids’ Triathlon Training Day session, scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at Centennial Valley Country Club.

Youngsters who will be six to 15 years old by the end of this year are eligible.

The Aug. 3 triathlon event is one of the country’s premier youth triathlons.

“The training day is crucial for those who have never completed a triathlon and for those who think they can never do one,” said Shannon Milam, race director. “At the end of the day, children will know what a triathlon is, how to set realistic goals and how to achieve them,” she said.

Triathlons are events involving three sports — swimming, biking and running — and the training day will teach children how to train for their first (or next) triathlon. Training day will begin with information sharing and Q&A led by Milam.  Participants will then be split into three groups based on their level of experience, age and goals for the race.  Kids will spend 20-30 minutes in each of the triathlon areas as well as learn the process of transitioning from one area to the other.

While the kids enjoy the training session, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the event. Families will receive training plans for kids based on their goals, meet and work with experienced instructors in these different sports, and will have the opportunity for for one-on-one conversations with coaches about he 16th First Security Conway Kids’ Triathlon will be held Aug. 3 at The University of Central Arkansas.  

Visit www.conwaykidstri.com for more information.

UCA’s Roth gets academic honor

University of Central Arkansas senior golfer Julia Roth has been named to the 2013 Southland Conference All-Academic team.

Roth, from Karlskrona, Sweden, has a 3.16 grade-point average in business management. A three-time All-SLC selection and 2013 SLC Women’s Golfer of the Year, Roth led the conference with a 74.0 stroke average and finished in the top 10 in every tournament she played.

Roth became the first women’s golfer in Southland history to be named golfer of the month four times in one season. She was the only player in the conference to earn a NCAA invitation to participate in the regional field as an individual.

Sam Houston State graduate student Shelby Hardy was named the SLC Women’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.