When Andrew Linder, managing partner of Frontier Capital and LGA client, and Trey Tune of Brown Advisory brought an Olympic gold medalist to visit LGA, the whole team was energized by his dedication. Dan O’Brien, Olympic Champion of the Decathlon in 1996, shared his experience to inspire team members to compete in the 2017 Charlotte Heptathlon that Andrew and Trey co-chair. Taryn Huson, an account executive on the LGA client service team, was immediately intrigued.
“My husband and I were college athletes, so when we heard about the Heptathlon we knew it was something we wanted to do,” she said. “We are both very competitive and it was something fun that we could train for while also supporting a good cause.”
The Charlotte Heptathlon, which was established in 2015, was created to benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Charlotte and inspire friendly, but intense athletic competition in the city – especially among the financial services industry. Events for the competition include a 40-yard dash, dips, pull-ups, a vertical leap, reverse scoop medicine ball throw, rowing and 1-mile run. Teams are comprised of two competitors.
Taryn and her husband, Dave, competed together and finished 21st out of 44 teams. Taryn’s athleticism shined above the other women on the field. She was awarded best female overall after ranking 71st out of 100 participants, and she also performed the most amount of dips of all females in the competition, completing 15. Taryn’s husband ranked 21st of 100 participants. Several other LGA team members also competed in the event.
“Dave and I had a great time just like we expected,” Taryn said. “Taking the top female spot in a field of fantastic competitors was a great surprise. It was a great way to prove to myself that I ‘still have it!’”
The 2018 Charlotte Heptathlon is scheduled for May 19, 2018.