Athlete of the Week: Gifted Flannelly top triathlete at 10

Some people are just naturally good at everything, it seems.

For 10-year-old Tyler Flannelly, the signs are already there that the Myrtle Beach triathlete has joined that group.

Flannelly is the official winner of the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week award after garnering 5,700 votes. His nomination came after winning the Fourth Annual Myrtle Beach Kids Triathlon.

Flanelly was the overall winner in the race, swimming 200 yards, cycling 10K (6.2 miles) and running 2k (1.3 miles). The full-length race was for ages 11-15. Flannelly’s birthday put him just on the other side of the age line, competing with much older kids. This is the third year in a row that Flannelly has won the overall portion,  however the previous year’s wins came in the younger division, which runs just a half course.

Flannelly is just a natural athlete, regularly competing in 5k events, along with his participation in lacrosse, football, baseball, and basketball. He’s a member of the Myrtle Beach Dune Warriors, summer league lacrosse team, his favorite sport of all. He’s also currently playing running back for a Myrtle Beach recreation league football team, the Steelers.

Triathlons seem to come easy for Flannelly though, “I had plenty of energy after I got out of the water. When I got off the bike, I was thinking to myself, this is the last part and you have to run your hardest,” said Flannelly.

Flannelly originally saw a flyer for the Triathlon and thought “I just wanted to do the sport. It has all the sports I like so, why don’t I try.” Running is where he excels and even competes with the Myrtle Beach Track and Field Club during their spring and summer season.

An A and B student in school, he’s very encouraging of the other competitors. His mother Jami says “He’s a good kid; he’s got a big heart. He really enjoys cheering on the other kids and getting them to work hard. He’s very encouraging.” She went on to say, “He’s got a competitive drive like I’ve never seen. Everything he does, he does well. He’s just determined. We took him surfing for the first time a few days ago, and he stood up on his second try.”

Flannelly was quick to note that his sister Kailey was his inspiration and that he also loves music and likes to draw.

Well rounded, and liked by others. Tyler Flannelly seems like the perfect recipient for the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week award. One wouldn’t have to be a fortune teller to see that this young man is going to win this award multiple times, just like he has the Myrtle Beach Kids Triathlon.

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