Martin Weiss, much more than just a great triathlete.

 

One of the things I love about sports is that when athletes are on the track training or racing, they are all equals against time. The stopwatch runs down ruthlessly regardless of who or what you are.  The same of course goes for our team, the runners and the triathletes that train together.

 

There are people in our team of hugely diverse educational, professional and social backgrounds, whose paths would almost certainly never cross under any other circumstances.

 

From day one, at our training sessions there has always been mutual respect, which over time (and countless 5 am awakenings!) developed into true, if somewhat peculiar, friendships amongst the members of the team.

 

I was motivated to write this article by the imminent departure of one of the most well liked members of our triathlon team, Martin Weiss. Martin has been the Austrian ambassador in Cyprus for the last few years and he leaves next week to return home to Austria for his next post. Despite his heavy and VIP schedule, Martin has trained with the team regularly, whether it was running up the Macheras mountains, swimming at the Municipal pool, or cycling to god forsaken places that most locals have not even heard of.

 

Martin won our respect and friendship through his good nature and easygoing attitude and surely not by virtue of his office.  He won us over because, for example, when Emilios had a flat tyre he stopped and held the bike up until Emilios could fix it. In fact, we have been teasing Emilios since, wondering how he will cope with flat tyres in the future if he needs the assistance of an ambassador to fix one…

 

This week, Martin had a wonderful surprise for us. Knowing that I am responsible for talent development at the Cyprus Triathlon Federation, he offered his road bike to us for use by the youth team that I train. Given the scarcity of resources, the opportunity that will now be offered to 13-15 year old triathletes to ride a top class road bike is hugely appreciated. I promised Martin that the bike would not go to just one of the athletes but it would rather be kept for the use of whoever needs it most at any given time. I have ordered a special sticker with Martin’s name that will go on the bike to remind everybody of his generous gift.

 

The handing over “ceremony” appropriately took place yesterday morning after our training session. The bike is in great shape and Martin even donated several spare parts and accessories, including extra wheels, a saddle, tyres, a crank set, etc. In fact if we can get a frame from somewhere we could probably put together another great bike for our youth team.

 

Martin, we thank you very much and we assure you that your gift will be put to good use. And, of course, any time you are back in Cyprus, know that you have a lifetime membership with our team. I consider it an honor to have met you.

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About swimbikerun1
Devoted Father, Husband and Employee.Endurance sports fanatic (running,cycling,swimming).Triathlon athlete and coach.If only days had more than 24 hours.

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