Going the Distance

On the eve of his 70th birthday, Gary Gorman is set to represent the U.S. in the aquathlon at the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships.

Photo by Scott Cook Photo by Scott Cook

Gary Gorman, a painter in Rollins’ facilities management department, will represent the U.S. in the aquathlon at the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain, April 27–May 5.

The aquathlon is a continuous two-stage race that includes a 5-kilometer run and a 1-kilometer swim. Gorman, who will turn 70 later this year, will compete in the 70–74 age group.

He qualified for the international event after finishing first in his age group at USA Triathlon’s 2018 Aquathlon National Championships in Miami last November.

Photo by Scott Cook Photo by Scott Cook

Gorman is no stranger to endurance competitions. In fact, he has competed in distance running and multisport events since the ’80s.

For the past three years, he has competed in the FKCC Swim Around Key West, a 12.5-mile, open-water endurance swim circumnavigating the island city. Last year, Paul Tobin ’19, a marine biology major and senior on the men’s swimming team, served as Gorman’s support kayak during the event. Gorman was the oldest swimmer to complete the full 12.5 miles.

Gorman came to Rollins after retiring from a career in historic preservation. He will celebrate 10 years at the College in May. Most weekdays, you can find Gorman doing laps in the Alfond Swimming Pool during his lunch break.

The fitness advocate and longtime R-Wellness Committee member offered some advice to any of his Rollins colleagues who are interested in pursuing a more active lifestyle.

“Dream big,” says Gorman. “Find something, any healthy activity you enjoy doing, allow yourself the time to do it and dive in.”

Clockwise from left: Paul Tobin ’19 and Gary Gorman at FKCC Swim Around Key West; qualifying for the world championships; committed to a healthy lifestyle on campus. Clockwise from left: Paul Tobin ’19 and Gary Gorman at FKCC Swim Around Key West; qualifying for the world championships; committed to a healthy lifestyle on campus.

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