Congratulations to our Modis Triathletes!

by Modis on October 3, 2012

Modis, and our parent company Adecco Group, have helped thousands of underprivileged children around the world through our annual Win4Youth program.  In 2010 we ran to raise money, in 2011 we biked to bring in donations, and in 2012 we’re going the extra mile by combining running, cycling and swimming.

On Sunday, October 7, our Win4Youth 2012 initiative will culminate in the long anticipated Garmin Barcelona Triathlon in Spain, an Olympic distance triathlon consisting of a 1.5km swim in the Mediterranean Sea followed by a 40km bike ride and a 10km run through the center of Barcelona.

Each year a group of colleagues representing the various Adecco Group companies come from across the globe to compete, inspire and raise awareness.  Modis is proud to have two colleagues taking on the challenge in 2012, El Segundo Senior Resource Development Manager Michael Hetrick and Toronto Business Development Manager Denyse Cowling.

Meet our two triathletes and learn about their training and what the Win4Youth programs means to them.

Denyse Cowling

From the time Denyse joined the company in July of 1998 she has been a consistent Top Performer for Modis. Her main focus has been to grow and develop the provincial public sector accounts and she consistently ranks in the top 5 accounts across Canada. She is well known and recognized for her achievements and professionalism by her consultants and competitors in that marketplace.

1. How did you train for Barcelona?

Upon selection I was invited to join the entire Win4Youth team for a training camp in Hasselt, Belgium for four days in March. During this time we received intensive theoretical and physical training in all three sports along with some very detailed physical testing where the coaches were able to develop a baseline understanding of each person’s fitness levels. Once we returned home we were signed up to an online training program that would provide us with our daily workouts. We would complete each training session and log in to the program to indicate it had been completed and how we were feeling. The program increased in intensity every 6 weeks and reached a maximum of 11 hours of training in some weeks. We were also encouraged to participate in local triathlons to gain a comfort level for the race format and were asked to provide feedback to our coaches so they could alter the training programs if required. We also set up a Facebook group for the athletes which was a helpful place to ask each other questions and gain support when we were feeling the stress of the workouts.

2. What do you find most inspiring about Win4Youth?

The fact that people will come together through sport to raise money for children around the world. The recent Adecco Tri-as-One event in Toronto was an excellent example of this spirit and it really made me excited to be heading to Barcelona.

3. What excites you most about your upcoming trip?

The opportunity to be a part of a global team that is raising awareness and money for charity and to challenge myself to a new level!

Michael Hetrick

Michael joined Modis in 2004 and has consistently been a top performer in a Senior Resource Development role.  He is well recognized by his clients for delivering top-notch technical talent, and has worked to ensure that his consultants are well placed and satisfied in their positions.

1. How did you train for Barcelona?

Starting out I really wasn’t sure which part of the training would be the most difficult — the mental or the physical. I’ve enjoyed playing sports my whole life but competing in a triathlon almost didn’t make sense; I couldn’t swim and I hardly ever rode a bike.  I did however enjoy running, so that was something! The practical knowledge and workout program that we received from our trainers in Belgium helped immensely. I trusted their advice and really just did what they instructed me to do. Like most people in the group, ocean swimming was my biggest “hurdle” to overcome but in just a matter of a few months it changed from a fear to a comfort. I am very grateful for all of the encouragement and support that I received from my family, friends and coworkers throughout this experience.

2. What do you find most inspiring about Win4Youth?

The Win4Youth program is giving children hope for a better future, which truly inspired me from the very beginning. This really has been a once in a lifetime opportunity that I feel very fortunate to be a part of.  I have worked hard to overcome fears about myself, and knowing that this experience is also helping someone else overcome a fear about themselves makes me feel like it was much more than just about me – it was about all of us.

3. What excites you most about your upcoming trip?

I am really looking forward to reuniting with my colleagues from all over the world that I first met back in Hasselt, sharing our training stories and celebrating with everyone at the finish line.  I’m also excited to explore Barcelona; which, I’ve heard is an amazing city.

To learn more about Win4Youth 2012 visit  Three Sports. One Mission.  Win4Youth.

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Ashley Harlowe October 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

Good Luck – you guys are amazing!

Desseret Funderburk October 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

Congratulations and thank you for representing Modis!!! Best of luck and enjoy the ride!!!

Gayle Joiner October 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

Good luck on the event and thank you for representing us!

Carter and Mom October 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

From Ohio, we cheer on your success!! We know how hard you have trained!~ We are so proud of you!!! See you on Turkey Day!! Safe travels!!


Mom and Carter

David Colella October 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Good luck Denyse!!! Your Modis family in Toronto is cheering for you and we are all very proud.

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