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Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield competes in ‘toy triathlon’ for charity

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RANDY RISLING/TORONTO STAR Olympic triathlete Simon Whitfield, left, challenged Star reporter Alex Ballingall to a “toy triathlon” in downtown Toronto Friday. Whitfield is raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network this holiday season.

Four-time Olympian Simon Whitfield was in Toronto Friday to raise money for a children’s charity, challenging the media to face him in a special holiday triathlon, one with a juvenile twist.

“We have Nerf (guns), we have some scooters and we have some remote control flip cars,” said Whitfield, 37, describing the three categories in the “toy triathlon” he set up to in an effort to raise more than $ 25,000 for theChildren’s Miracle Networkthrough his sponsor, Duracell.

The battery maker is pitching in $ 1 for everylike” or “share” of its posts on Facebook before Dec. 31.

“This is a chance to bring some awareness and raise funds for children and sick kids,” said Whitfield, who won the gold medal in the triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The father of two was also Canada’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies in London this summer.

“I know a couple families who are actually in Toronto Sick Kids. The prospect of that would be something else,” he said. “For the Children’s Miracle Network to bring some smiles to that, and to be part of that, is good fun.”


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