ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

DARE2TRI YOUTH ON THE NATIONAL STAGE

Feb. 11, 2019 – The start lists are posted for CAMTRI, the Paratriathlon American Championships in Sarasota, FL. Dare2tri is excited to share about two of our athletes who have earned their spots at this prestigious event! Jack O’Neil and Owen Cravens both joined the Dare2tri family as youth attending Dare2tri’s Kids Camp and continued to grow in the sport as part of Dare2tri’s Jr Development Team. Not only did they develop a friendship and camaraderie but each have excelled in the sport and become known as athletes to watch in the years to come. Now, at 15 years of age, both are competing at an international level and are working toward Paralympic dreams. Dare2tri couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of their entrance into the sport and their development into Paralympic hopefuls.

Jack O’Neil & Owen Cravens training on bikes
Jack O’Neil & Owen Cravens at Dare2tri’s Elite Team Camp
Owen Cravens & Jack O’Neil training in the pool.
 
 
Dare2tri Athlete Jack O’Neil

Jack O’Neil

Residence: Colorado Springs, CO

Classification: PTS2

“Jack attended his first Dare2tri event in July, 2013 (5 months post-op). We went to the event not expecting him to ever do a triathlon, but wanting him to meet someone who can. A few weeks later he crossed the finish line of his first triathlon at the kids camp. Over the last 6 years, Jack has “grown up” with Dare2tri, graduating from youth to super-sprint to sprint distances, and now his first ITU start list. Dare2tri provided Jack with the initial encouragement that he needed and has continued to provide resources and encouragement to help him grow as an athlete.” -John & Heidi O’Neil

 
Dare2tri Athlete Owen Cravens

Owen Cravens

Residence: Algonquin, IL

Classification: PTVI

“Owen has always given 100% to all that he does in school, sports and life. After a shocking and unexpected diagnosis of Stargardt Disease, a blinding eye condition, Dare2Tri opened their arms and doors to teach Owen how to do triathlon with a guide so that he could continue to achieve and excel in the sport that he loved. Now our son can race with confidence while reaching for his big goals of making the USAT Paratriathlon National team and going after a shot at Tokyo 2020!” -Jerry & Dede Cravens