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Spokespersons

Sarah Haskins

ITU USA Professional Triathlete

“It is important to teach others the early signs and symptoms of autism. Early diagnosis and effective treatment and intervention programs make all the difference. I greatly support the work that is being done with Train 4 Autism.” –Sarah Haskins

Sarah turned pro in 2003 after graduating from the Univ. of Tulsa with a degree in Education. Since pursuing triathlon full time she has amassed numerous 1st place victories worldwide such as the LA Triathlon, Pro Nationals, St. Petersburgh, and many others. Her latest and greatest accomplishment came in 2008 when she represented the US in the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
 

Sarah shares a passion for promoting the message and the mission of Train 4 Autism. Sarah’s sister Megan is a dedicated teacher and ABA therapist who heads up the Greater Missouri Chapter of Train 4 Autism. For more information about Sarah Haskins visit sarahhaskins.com.

 

Westin Pitlik

Triathlete & Person with Autism

Westin, an 11-year-old who lives in Plano, Texas, competes in triathlons, duathlons, 5Ks, and other races at the state and national level. He was diagnosed with Autism and Moderate Dyslexia in the Spring of 2011 and is a 6th grader at Shelton School in Dallas, TX. 

 

During his first year competing, Westin qualified for the Iron Kids Nationals competition in Des Moines, Iowa. Since that time, he has also competed in over 40 races and the USA Triathlon Youth Nationals in Ohio.

 

Westin became an official spokesperson for Train 4 Autism in May of 2013, he is looking to raise awareness and $3,000 for Autism in his first full year. One of Westin’s goals for 2013 is to qualify for the US Track and Field Cross Country Nationals. He desires to do more triathlons and races in other states and possibly overseas.

 

As a young triathlete, Westin is learning about responsibility, discipline, and independence: skills autistic children can find challenging to manage.

 

When Westin’s parents cheer for their son as he crosses the finish line, they are reminded that his accomplishment is as much about the journey as the destination.

"I feel really good that I can use my races as a way to help others with Autism. I know how hard things are for me, and I want to be able to help others who may not be able to do some of the things that I am able to do. I hope that my participation in these events raises awareness and helps others who also have Autism. This is one way that I can show others that people with Autism have different talents and abilities."  –Westin Pitlik

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