Sharon Iron Eagles Finished the New England Kids Triathlon

Another sunny summer weekend in New England, it would have been easy to sleep in on such a pleasant Sunday morning, but many Sharon kids, girls and boys, got up as early as 5am to line up timely for the start of the 2017 New England kids triathlon on M.I.T campus.

Excitement and energy filled the enormous Johnson Athletic Center, where over 1,000 young triathletes were prepped, alongside their even more energized parents, holding fully charged phones and cameras, artfully designed signs, or in some cases, a shoe-less and half-awake younger sibling in arm.   Among the crowd, one cannot help but notice some beautiful white shirts with a flying eagle printed on the front and reads “Sharon Iron Eagles”. For the very first time, under the co-sponsorship of Sharon Chinese Association ( and Sharon Chinese School (, the young triathletes from Sharon would compete as a proud group, representing the Chinese community from the friendly small town 20 miles south of Boston.   

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When Jennifer Zhang and Jina Meng, two of the key team organizers called for joiners just over a month ago, some children have not yet mastered the three skills to complete the full race, but bravely signed up and committed themselves to a disciplined training schedule. “When they know their friends have signed up, there is a strong motivation to join.” One of the parents said, “It is guaranteed fun to just be there competing with their peers”.  Indeed, when the two Sharon Chinese community leading organizations decided to promote the event together, the goal is simply to help more children growing interests in the challenging yet fun activity. Although many children run, bike or swim during afterschool hours, competing in all three in a row within designated course and distance can be intimating.

Boosted by a healthy dose of peer rivalry, using this year’s official spokesperson, four-time Olympian triathlete Hunter Kemper’s word, that nervousness could all turn into power, the power to launch a lifelong passion of staying active and healthy. For parents, it’s all about seeing the kids’ tired and sweaty expressions transformed into smiles as they crossed the finish line. The sense of achievement and pride is priceless. “It is not just a competition with each other”, said one of the Chinese school parents, “It is a fun and healthy way to motivate kids to achieve more, and become better self everyday”. When being asked about next year’s plan, the organizers from Chinese Association Board said, “This year Sharon Iron Eagles had sent 24 children competing in the race, and is the third largest team. Next year we’re aiming at becoming No. 1”.

GO, Sharon Iron Eagles, GO!

7月16日,又是一个明媚而舒适的夏日周末,小镇Sharon的几十个7-15岁的孩子5点钟就早早爬起来,催促着爸爸妈妈及时把他们送到麻省理工的Johnson运动中心,备战新英格兰小铁人三项大赛。大部分孩子都是第一次参加,兴奋加紧张在所难免。同样兴致高昂的莫过于忙碌的爸爸妈妈们了,不是端着长枪短炮跑来跑去, 就是高举标语鼓劲加油, 还免不了扛着一两个仍在肩头熟睡,连鞋子都丢家里的小弟弟或者小妹妹。 

人头攒动的运动大厅里,有一群身穿靓丽白色T恤的人分外惹人注目,他们是Sharon 小铁鹰忠实的啦啦队和亲友团。今年是Sharon华协(和沙龙中文学校(首次联合组队。在主要发起人张清芬和孟吉娜的高效组织下,短短一个多月,由几个孩子壮大到24个,在今年所有参赛队伍中名列第三。 


鼓励更多的孩子参与进来,培养坚持、勇敢、独立、自强的运动精神,享受竞技的快乐,也是Sharon华协和沙龙中文学校PTO组队的初衷。 问起明年的展望,这两个组织的热心家长们充满信心:“相信明年会有更多的孩子加入到Sharon小铁鹰队,我们要成为第一!”加油,小铁鹰们!更高,更快,更強, 不断完善自我,希望今天的努力给你们开启一个更精彩的人生!   

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