News & Events from Westmount Moving

January 18, 2011

Update On Our Overweight Athlete

By: Heather @ 6:22 pm

This is a follow up to the original post, Westmount Proudly Supports JP Richard (a.k.a. Overweight Athlete)!

Hey everyone,

Just a quick note to say the Race went well and Team Proactive finished 23rd out of 128 teams. Out of the 22 teams that beat us, 2 teams were all female, 13 teams where all male, the rest were mixed – but most were 2 male, 1 female (we were 1 male two female).

So not a bad result at all. Under the VERY windy conditions and choppy waters, Team Proactive really came through. All results can be found at – look in the lake Wanaka half results page.

This was an amazing experience that I won’t forget and hope to do this again one day (maybe closer to home though).

Highlight of the race! Coming out of the water during the race, I had a 400 meter Sprint to the bike where Sue was waiting. I Slipped and fell on my butt in front of hundreds of people watching. I realized I was in New Zealand when everyone cheered at my fall. My niece caught the fall and they all had a good laugh.

I’d like to take a minute to thank my sponsors, Wanaka Wines, Proactive Gym, Westmount Moving in MontrĂ©al, and my wife for letting me do this.

In the end, this fat athlete has retired from swimming again. Even though I finished 3rd among 128 swimmers, all the town talks about was my wipe out. Even the wine guy was there – laughing.

My sister’s Gym was really supportive, but now they are questioning Sue’s philosophies, as they’d all quit drinking, worked out 20 hours a week – they sacrificed so much for this race and then the members of the gym met me – fat, eating ice-cream and drinking beer. And I finished 3rd.

My sister wants me to leave town now, as I am actually hurting her business by contradicting her philosophies.

So, with the challenge Wanaka behind me, Val and I are out of here in a couple of days and back to work on Monday. I’ll never forget this experience and racing with my sister was a privilege. Hopefully we can do it again one day (as we kicked ass!).


J.P. Richard

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