When the Ironman triathlon is mentioned the first word that comes to our mind is hero. Sindy Hooper is a hero that stands out and shines of inspiration and courage. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and having already had invasive surgery to remove most of the problem area, she is determined to courageously attend this year’s Ironman in Whistler, BC. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and unfortunately has a very low survival rate. The natural human instinct when given a time limit on life is to shut down. This is definitely not the case for Sindy, in fact, this could be her first competition performed during chemo therapy. It takes heroes like this to encourage others to not give up, but move forward and continue towards achieving what they love.
Her dream was to make it to Kona Ironman World Championships, but missed the invitational last year by one place. This year she is using her previous five years of training to work to her advantage. A 4km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42 project management process.2km run is not your everyday race; even the healthiest of people don’t fathom attending an event like this! Throughout this physical fallback she continues to live up to the Ironman Motto, “Anything is Possible.” Her forever loving husband, Jon Hooper, has been by her side supporting her in every way. He also affects the world with his loving commitment and friendship to his wife. It’s people like this that make the world a brighter place, paving the foundation through his example of strength, audacity and determination.
Whistler looks forward to hosting the inaugural Ironman Canada in Whistler, BC. We are more than honored to welcome such amazing athletes from around the world, including Sindy Hooper. August 25th, 2013 will be the most spectacular alpine event and if you find your way up here make sure you cheer on a true Canadian hero.