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Win4Youth 2015 – Ride, Splash, and Run!

The Adecco Win4Youth 2015 team of 70 ambassadors are currently training to compete in a triathlon which will take place in Spain. It’s a tough challenge, leaving competitors to take on a part of the ŠKODA Triathlon Series in Spain, the largest triathlon circuit in Palma de Mallorca with the third edition in 2015. And of course, our ambassadors have the full support of 32,000 colleagues in more than 60 countries that will also be swimming, cycling and running throughout the year to ensure we reach our goal.

Adecco Canada’s fierce competitor is Sophie Barnacle, Director of National Business Development. Below is Sophie’s first blog entry detailing her past with competitive sport and her drive to push forward to complete the physical and mental challenge that lies ahead!


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I would love to say that from a young age I have been into competitive sports or even any type of sport, but this would be far from the truth.

I have tried every type of extra curricula activity possible ranging from ballet, horse riding, gymnastics, judo, swimming (BIG disaster but we will come back to that!). The list runs long. I tried them all, but none of them sustained my interest for very long.

That all changed back in 2008 when I started running. I was asked to do a team building event with Adecco UK to run 5km for Cancer Research. I did it, but I wasn’t hooked. It was too much hard work!

Despite the negatives, there was something mildly rewarding about setting your mind to something, and seeing it through right to the end. This tiny reward (and I mean tiny) started a little bug in me.

Slowly but surely over the years that followed, I’ve added more runs to the list (5km, 10km, 16km, and 21km), as well as one unforgettable Tough Mudder a couple of years ago! Running a 19km obstacle course, which included being submerged in below freezing water and being electrocuted, was definitely one to remember!

Through all these events and years, I have discovered that I LOVE a challenge. I love to push myself beyond what I thought I was possible. It’s true that your body is capable of amazing things with the right training. But more than that, your body will only go as far as your mind allows.

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Am I a triathlete? No way. I can run, I can (occasionally) cycle, and I can barely swim. I am not exceptional at any of these three sports. I am mediocre, and that’s probably an overstatement. But what I have discovered is you have to take every opportunity to live life to the fullest. To expand your mind. To grow. To push yourself. To prove to yourself what you can achieve if you set your mind to it.

I can’t think of a better way to push myself, to experience a new challenge, grow in both mental and physical strength, than being surrounded by my global family and collecting kilometers for the W4Y foundations!

Let’s be fair; it’s not just the kilometers I am collecting. I am so honoured to be the W4Y Ambassador for Canada and to have this experience to one day look back and say “I did that and I never thought I could!”

My flight is waiting for training camp to being in Eindhoven, Netherlands. I think this journey is going to be much bigger than the 8-hour flight!


Sophie Barnacle




Sophie Barnacle 

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About Win4Youth

As part of the international Adecco Group, Adecco Canada participates every year in Win4Youth, a global sports initiative organized by Adecco to raise money for youth foundations around the world. This initiative sees Adecco colleagues, associates, and clients from around the world working together to raise kilometres in order to meet (or exceed) the annual target set by Adecco S.A. If the target is met, the Adecco Group donates money to a select number of foundations chosen for that year. Since the program began in 2010, it has become an important part of our corporate culture because it fosters two of our core values, responsibility and team spirit, while at the same time promoting an active lifestyle.

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