My name is John Gomes and I'm pretty excited to be this week's Somersault Athlete of the Week. It's often hard to talk about yourself and to summarize everything that you are in a few short paragraphs, but I'll give it a shot! I'll start by saying that I have 3 main pillars to who I am: family, community, and sport.
My wife, Meghan, and I have been married for almost 10 years now. It's amazing how fast time flies but we've grown so much in that time. We now have 4 daughters, ages 8 and under. As chaotic as that sounds, and as chaotic as it is - we wouldn't have it any other way and life is awesome. Our girls are caring, kind, and full of great energy which reminds us of an old saying; the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Our family has always lived in Vanier and we're so proud to call it home. I'm a real estate agent with Royal LePage (http://johngomes.ca/) and I get a first-hand look at how our neighbourhood and our city changes a little bit, every day. I shop locally wherever I can and love all that a vibrant community can offer. I'm a regular at Bridgehead and Pure Kitchen, and you'll often see me on my bike, with 3 of my daughters riding with me on our cargo bike. I volunteer to maintain our local outdoor hockey rink and you'll often see my logo on the backs of local sports teams' jerseys. I'm also a supporter of Somersault because they have the same values that I do. We're both about supporting people in their endeavors and making sure that people have access to great things like events. I want to be able to participate in awesome, local races, so I make sure that I choose Somersault whenever I can.
Despite being a busy family man and entrepreneur, I still do my best to manage my athletic goals. I'm training for another full marathon in 2022 have a lot of training to do, to get me ready for a PB. I believe that sticking to my training plan helps me be the best that I can be for my family and my community. In 2022, you'll catch me at most Somersault Events, doing a run or a triathlon. The Somersault team keeps telling me that I'd faster if I didn't stop to high-five every spectator and cheer on every other athlete on course, but where's the fun in that?
My next event is the Winterman Half Marathon. If you're signed up and see me out of the course, make sure you cheer this guy on! Otherwise, you'll catch me at the Beechwood Farmers Market or running along the canal while the older girls are at school.