Illustration showing the three sports included in the triathlon, swimming, cycling and running.

“Triathlon Time” Short Story

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 01 February 2024 > Ready to Use

This A2-level short story will allow you to introduce or revise sports vocabulary and have pupils think about the meaning of sport and fair play. Sisters Eden and Stella are competing in a triathlon and Eden really wants to win. But then Stella has a bike accident...

Vocabulary and structures

  • sports
  • simple present
  • gerunds

This would be a great introductory activity before having pupils participate in our creative-writing competition on the theme  of sport.

You could also use this real-life story to have students think about sportspersonship. British Olympic triathletes and brothers Jonny and Alistair Brownlee were competing in the World Triathlon Final in Cozumel, Mexico in 2016 in extremely hot weather. Johnny was far in the lead when he started to show obvious signs of heatstroke and stopped about 50m before the finish line. Older brother Alistair was battling with South African athlete Henri Schoeman for second place but he immediately went to his brother and accompanied him over the line behind Schoeman, pushing him over to take second place before following him for third.

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