After a nationwide search with several hundred entries and over 200,000 votes cast on Facebook, ETB is proud to announce the winners of the Search For The Next ETB Athlete. Congratulations to Talisha LaGrange and Jeff Condit, both who have been named to Team ETB. Thank you to all the finalists and to everyone who participated in our very first Search For The Next ETB Athlete.
Read more about Talisha and Jeff and be sure to check back often as we continue to follow each of their journeys.
Talisha LaGrange – Cicero, NY
Talisha is mother to a ten-month old beautiful girl Bailee Isabella, a full-time police officer and a natural fitness competitor. Fitness is an extremely important aspect of her life. Talisha said, “I want to be able to stay active with my daughter. And in regards to work, I need to be alert and physically able and ready to protect myself and my fellow Officers.”
She began competing in Natural Fitness Shows in 2010 where was won her category and overall title in the very first show she competed in OCB “The Uprising.” After taking time off during her pregnancy, Talisha set her eyes on returning to the stage and obtaining her Pro Status. She achieved that goal this past weekend at the USBF NJ Natural Pro-Am Classic, where she placed 1st in Figure Open Short, winning the overall and obtaining her USBF Pro Status. Talisha said, “I could not have done that without the knowledge and support of my fiancé, Michael Halsey.” She plans on competing in the OCB Bay State Natural later this month and the IDFA International Championships in July in Toronto.
Jeff Condit – Milwaukee, WI
Jeff is a full time student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI where he is majoring in Exercise Physiology and will be attending grad school for Physical Therapy. “My passion in life is to help others realize the benefits of a healthy life style,” said Jeff. “By pushing my personal limits every day, I hope to inspire others to do the same.”
President of the Marquette University Triathlon Club, Jeff started racing triathlons competitively two years ago and has been 100% self coached thus far. Since major achievement in long course athletes come after many years of training, he is focused on his long-term development. But Jeff has already enjoyed some success, placing 2nd in his age group and collegiate division in several recent races. He is currently training for the Ironman Louisville where he hopes to win his age group, which would qualify him for the Ironman World Championships later this year in Hawaii.
Jeff plans on participating in triathlon and endurance sports for life, transitioning to coaching or another related position once his personal athletic career comes to an end.
Read Jeff’s blog.