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Canada’s 22,000+ age group athletes are the heart of Triathlon Canada Nation.

Is your goal simply to cross the finish line, or do you want to aim as high as you can in the amateur world? Either way, age-groupers are your people. The age-group stream includes athletes of all ages and abilities united in their pursuit of the triathlon lifestyle. Some are first time participants, while others are dedicated athletes who have represented Canada at Age Group championships or participated in Ironmans. By definition, an age-group athlete or para-athlete is an amateur athlete 16 years or older. Age-groupers are categorized according to gender and age bracket (16-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.). At Triathlon Canada, we recognize age-groupers as the beating heart of our Triathlon Canada Nation! Get in touch with your provincial triathlon association to find a club near you.

The 2017 Domestic Race Schedule can be found here.

Age-Group Team Canada

The Canadian Age-Group World Championship Teams consist of top performing age-group athletes and para-athletes in Canada who earn a spot at a Qualification Race to represent Canada on the world stage at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships. Team members have the unique opportunity to proudly represent their country, participate in a unique team environment and celebrate their sport within the global multisport community. The age-group team is one hundred percent self-funded.

Each year, there are two world championship events. Details for the 2018 events are listed below. More information about the 2019 events will be posted as soon as they are available.

Para-triathletes compete in age-group competition according to their classification.  If they are not officially classified through the ITU process, para-triathletes can always race locally in a self-identified “Open Paratriathlon”.

2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Date: July 6th to 14th, 2018
Location: Fyn, Denmark

2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Date: September 12th to 16th, 2018
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

 

2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Date: Coming Soon
Location: Pontevedra, Spain

2019 ITU Triathlon World Grand Final

Date: Coming Soon
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

How to qualify

Eligibility

Eligible athletes/para-athletes wishing to obtain a spot on the ITU Age-Group World Championship team must meet the following criteria. Please note that para-athletes must also fulfill the classification guidelines outlined in the next accordion.

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be a full annual member of his/her provincial sport organization for triathlon prior to the qualification or provincially sanctioned event
  • Complete a race of equal or greater distance in the discipline in which they wish to represent Canada at the ITU World Championship. The race must be completed in the qualification year (e.g. Complete a race in 2017 for the 2018 World Championship)
  • Pay Triathlon Canada Management Fee to claim your spot on Age-Group Team Canada. Note: This is NOT your race entry fee

Exceptions

    1. Athletes may qualify for long distance triathlons using a middle/half distance triathlon or greater
    2. If there is no Aquabike event at a Provincially Sanctioned race, athletes that complete the swim and bike portion of a middle or long distance portion may qualify
    3. Athletes that are unable to complete a full race due to injury or other medical issue may apply in Stage 2 (see Team Selection details below) but must either:
      • complete a relay with teammates in the portion of the event they are able to complete; or
      • volunteer for their PSO, for Triathlon Canada or at a provincially sanctioned race
    4. They must also provide a full race resume that demonstrates that they are able to represent Canada at the highest level of the sport.

Cross Canada Qualification

An athlete/para-athlete wishing to obtain a spot can race in any qualifying event across Canada granted they are an annual member of their provincial sport organization for triathlon. For example, a Triathlon Ontario member can race in a qualifying event in British Columbia and obtain a spot.

Age-Adjusted Results

Because athletes are qualifying for the following year World Championships, qualification will be determined by age-adjusted results – results with birthdays as of December 31 the following year and NOT race-day results. If an athlete is first in the race-day results, but is bumped to second in the age-adjusted results, that athlete does NOT automatically qualify for a spot if there is only one spot available at the qualifying event.

Age-Group Team Selection

There are two stages of selection.

Stage 1:

Automatic Qualification: Registration is available upon verification of qualification

Athletes who “Automatically Qualify” are those who have earned a “spot” at a qualification event. For example, an athlete that placed first in their age-adjusted age category that had one qualification spot is an automatic qualifier. If an athlete does not have an annual membership, they will not take a qualification spot and that spot will roll-down to the next eligible athlete.

NOTE:  Athletes that qualify will be given the information needed to qualify as soon as their eligibility is verified. Please allow one month following each race due to the administration necessary. If you do not received notification following one month, please contact as the email may not have reached you.

Stage 2:

Open Registration: Registration will begin November 15, 2017

In an effort to provide accessibility to athletes that are unable to travel distances to races that are not in their region, athletes that meet eligibility requirements and complete a Provincially Sanctioned Race are able to register in Open Registration. Selection of athletes to the team at this stage is on a first-come, first-serve basis, as determined upon receipt of fully completed registration documents. Athletes deemed ineligible due to being unable to support a provincially sanctioned race in Canada can register for an additional fee.

Registration Closed:  To be determined upon confirmation of race dates.

All athletes are responsible for knowing the time-frame for application. Athletes are confirmed on Age-Group Team Canada upon completion of registration.  Should Triathlon Canada find an error within their registration, athletes will be notified that their spot has been revoked.

Non-Refundable Triathlon Canada Management Fee Policy

In order to confirm your spot, athletes will pay a non-refundable Triathlon Canada Management Fee. This fee goes toward the administration and management of the team and one social event at the event. The cost of race entry fees and uniform fees will be payable at a later date and exact amounts will be announced once they are determined.

Para-triathlete classification
How to become classified as an age-group para-triathlete:

 

 

 

  • Triathlon Canada must initiate the process, on behalf of an athlete, by providing medical documentation and any other records to the ITU Head of Classification, or representative, so that the existence of the Eligible Impairment can be verified.
  • Every athlete requiring classification must submit to the ITU, through its National Federation, no later than six (6) weeks prior to the competition, the Physical Impairment (PI) or Vision Impairment (VI) Medical Diagnostics Form and all relevant medical documents.
  • Athletes must provide the classification panel with a copy of the ITU Physical Impairment (PI) Medical Diagnostic Form”, completed by their medical doctor, or the “ITU Visual impairment (VI) Medical Diagnostic Form”, completed by an ophthalmologist.

Forms can be found under the following link: http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/documents

Because there will not be any opportunities for classification of multisport athletes in Canada in 2017, this process will be a “Provisional Classification”. You may race with this status at the ITU World Championships in Penticton and Rotterdam.

If you have any questions, please contact . If you’d like to learn more about the Paralympic pathway, visit our Athletes and Teams section.

New to tri or para-tri? Contact your provincial sport organization to get involved today!

Fees, accommodation and uniforms
Participating on Age-Group Team Canada is 100% participant paid.  As such, athletes should expect the following costs:

 

 

 

Item Estimated Cost Estimated Due Date
Triathlon Canada Management Fee (mandatory) ~ $150-200

(TBD based on location of event)

At the time of registration (non-refundable)
Race fees

(mandatory)

~ $200-700

(Depends on race, location of event, currency)

TBD – dependent on release of fees and event dates.
Mandatory Team Canada Uniform (jacket, race uniform, shirt and bottoms) ~ $425

(includes duty, taxes, shipping)

March prior to the event
Team Canada Hotel

(not mandatory)

~ $150-250/night

(Depends on location of event)

January prior to the event
Team Canada Social Activities

(not mandatory)

~ $100 Scheduled in the spring prior to the event.

Triathlon Canada Management Fee

Team Fees support the year-round administration and management of Age-Group Team Canada.  Specifically, the funds support the identification and selection of Triathlon Canada Qualification Events, athlete registration and acceptance, development and coordination of accommodation, travel, uniform design and administration, health and safety of athletes, insurance and bike support. At the race there is a management team that provides daily information updates, video memories, briefings, coached familiarization rides, organized team dinners and “office hours” to help each and every athlete in their race preparation.   Finally, it includes a “Meet and Greet”.  The meet and greet is organized in a facility where athletes can get to know their teammates over some munchies and a drink.  There are often prizes, and they are a whole lot of fun!

Event race fees

Race fees are set by the local organizing committee (LOC).  Triathlon Canada only collects the fees and directly transfers them to the LOC. To reduce the risk of currency exchange, fees will be collected in the currency that the LOC requests.  Please understand that international events most often charge in US dollars, Euros and in some cases their local currency.

Team Canada hotel

Triathlon Canada recommends accommodation for athletes, their friends and family and will base activities from that location (e.g., team warm-up rides/runs, office hours).  Staying at the Team Canada hotel is not mandatory but is recommended for ease of race logistics and social activities.  All athletes are welcome to find a travel agency or accommodation that suits their arrangements and needs. There is no obligation to stay at the Team Canada Hotel.

Team Canada uniform

The Team Canada uniform includes a race suit, jacket, t-shirt and one additional item. The race suit in 2018 will be the same as in 2017, thereby reducing the total cost. The parade outfit will change each year.

Qualification events in Canada
Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the ITU and what are the ITU World Championships?

A: The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body of the sport of triathlon and associated multisport disciplines (e.g., long distance, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike). Each year the ITU hosts World Championships in Triathlon and Multisport for both elites and age-group athletes at the same venue and time.  To participate in the ITU World Championships each athlete must qualify at an event in their country and register through their national federation.  It is the responsibility of the national federation to identify athletes for the world championship start list.

Q: Are there other ITU age group races other than the ITU World Championships?

A: The ITU aims to provide the opportunity for competition and sport development from grassroots to the elite level at all their events. The idea of grassroots to elite is unique to the sport of triathlon, where one can witness athletes racing from a wide range of ages. The entire event is a visual spectacle that will inspire and motivate. As such, almost all ITU races host an open age-group component where Canadian athletes can enter.  Check http://www.triathlon.org/ for events and the specific event website for more information.

ITU Competition Rules (equipment/uniforms)
ITU Competition Rules

 

 

 

Wetsuit use

Wetsuit use is governed by the following table:

Swim Length Forbidden Mandatory
Up to 1500m 22° and above 15.9° and below
1501 m and longer 24.6° and above 15.9° and below

Should the event be a non-wetsuit swim, uniforms must comply with ITU Uniform rules and cannot be removed during the entire competition, except in the middle and long distance events. That is, in standard and sprint distance triathlons, whatever is worn in the water must be worn throughout the race. Athletes are not able to cover their arms or legs below the knee (no compression gear).

Bike Equipment

Summary of ITU Equipment Guidelines for Draft-Legal Racing

In draft-legal age group events, bikes with the UCI Road Race homologation label (Code RD) are allowed. All bikes in age group draft legal racing must be fitted with standard drop bars only. Clip-on bars are forbidden.

Bike Frame
  • The frame of the bike shall be of a traditional pattern, i.e., built around a closed frame of straight or tapered tubular elements (which may be round, oval, flattened, teardrop shaped or otherwise in cross-section)
  • Only logos of bicycle-related products may appear on the athlete’s bicycle
  • Specific dimensions of the bike frame can be found on page 30 of the ITU Competition Rules
Wheels
  • Wheels shall have at least 12 spokes
  • Disc wheels are not allowed. 
Handlebar
  • Only traditional drop handlebars are permitted
  • The handlebars must be plugged;
  • Clip-ons are not allowed.
Brakes

Disc brakes are not allowed in draft-legal racing.

NOTE: Disk brakes are only allowed in:

  • All draft-illegal triathlon and duathlon competitions
  • Cross Triathlon, Cross Duathlon
  • Winter Triathlon.
Helmets

Helmets must be approved by a national accredited testing authority recognized by an NF affiliated with ITU. Before you purchase any helmet, ensure it has a certification sticker from the CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC or Snell B90/B95.  Do not remove this sticker as this provides the assurance to technical delegates that the bicycle helmet meets certified safety standards.

ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Fyn, Denmark
July 6th to 14th, 2018

Disciplines
Sprint Duathlon – Friday, July 6th
Standard Duathlon – Sunday, July 8th
Cross Triathlon – Tuesday, July 10th
Aquathlon – Thursday, July 12th
Long Distance Triathlon – Saturday, July 14th
Aquabike – Saturday, July 14th
Registration
Qualification letters have been sent out for all completed qualifying events with submitted results.  General Registration will open on November 15th, 2017.

 

  • Registered automatic qualifiers may add additional events on November 15th as part of General Registration
  • Please contact Shauna Clarke () with any questions or special requests
  • There will be no refunds or transfer available
Travel
For information on travelling to and from Denmark, please visit the Fyn 2018 website.  For your personal travel needs, Triathlon Canada is pleased to work with Flight Centre.

Flight Centre Contacts: Arlena Hell & Miriam Cloutier

Address: 615 Broughton St,Victoria BC V8W 1C8
Phone: 250 360 2058
Toll Free: 1 866 420 4410
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9AM – 5PM Pacific Standard Time
Email:   &   

Nervous about travelling with your bike?

Please click here for some useful information!

Accommodation
Team Canada Accommodation Information Coming Soon!

 

Please note that this Multisport Festival encompasses three different cities approximate 50kms apart; Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart.  Be aware of which cities your event(s) will be taking place in when you make your accommodation decisions.

Race Week Schedule
Race Schedule Coming Soon!

 

Please see the provisional schedule currently posted on the Fyn 2018 website.

General Race Information
General Race Information Coming Soon!

 

Course Information

Duathlon
Cross Triathlon – Coming Soon
Aquathlon
Long Distance Triathlon
Aquabike

First Aid / Medical
All Canadian athletes must be insured by Triathlon Canada for all race related and team activities.  You must purchase Triathlon Canada insurance at the time of registration.

 

First Aid/Medical Information Coming Soon!

Uniforms
Team Canada Uniform Information Coming Soon!

 

Please see Triathlon Canada Uniform Policy if you have questions.

  • Personal Sponsor Logos: Please ensure you consult the ITU Competition Rules for all rules pertaining to sponsor logo placement and size.
Team Management / Volunteers
Shauna Clarke

Shauna started working with Triathlon Canada in 2015 and supported Team Canada in Spain at the 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships and Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Championships. Shauna has a degree in Recreation and Health Education and has worked 3 seasons with IRONMAN as an integral part of the Athlete Services Team. At Triathlon Canada Shauna works on Team Canada World Championship registration and administration, High Performance logistics and is a project support on the national triathlon registration system. Shauna brings to the team great energy and is committed to supporting each athlete with their individual needs as best as possible.

Christian Milette

Christian Milette has supported Team Canada at many events, including the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton and the 2017 Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. He has also represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and is no stranger to the highest level of competition as an athlete. For the last 16 years Christian has been working for Radio Canada as an Animateur-videojournaliste.  We are thrilled to have Christian as part of our management team again and are lucky to have his support!

Rachel Macatee

Rachel Macatee joined the Triathlon Canada Team near the end of the 2017 season, just in time to support Team Canada at the 2017 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. Rachel has worked extensively within the world of Triathlon, particularly in event operations and management. She has worked with the IRONMAN brand for the past 4 years as the Athlete Services Manager for all Western Canadian races. She is excited to be joining Triathlon Canada, and is looking forward to the 2018 season.


Volunteer call coming soon, variety of positions available for all experience levels. Excellent opportunity to support your Age-Group Team Canada athletes in achieve podium performances, while giving back to the Triathlon community.

News
Fyn 2018 Newsletters Coming Soon!
Facebook Group
You can find the latest updates and connect with other members of 2018 Age-Group Team Canada on our Facebook page.

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Gold Coast, Australia
September 12th to 16th, 2018

Disciplines

Junior, U23, Elite World Championships
Junior & U23 Mixed Team Relay World Championships
Elite Paratriathlon World Championships
Open Paratriathlon World Championships
Age Group World Championships – Sprint Distance/Olympic Distance
Open Aquathlon

Registration

Qualification letters have been sent out for all completed qualifying events with submitted results.  General Registration will open on November 15th, 2017.

  • Registered automatic qualifiers may add additional events on November 15th as part of General Registration
  • Please contact Shauna Clarke () with any questions or special requests
  • There will be no refunds or transfer available
Travel

Visit the Gold Coast 2018 website for detailed travel information.

Flights

There are two airports to choose from:

It is recommended that you travel to Brisbane Airport.  It is approximately 60 minutes away from the race venue, and has direct flights to and from Canada available.

Need Help? Please contact Flight Centre:

Flight Centre Contacts: Arlena Hell & Miriam Cloutier

Address: 615 Broughton St,Victoria BC V8W 1C8
Phone: 250 360 2058
Toll Free: 1 866 420 4410
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9AM – 5PM Pacific Standard Time
Email:   &   

Nervous about travelling with your bike?

Please click here for some useful information!

Additional Information

About the Gold Coast
See and Do
Queensland Visitor Information

 

Accommodation
Team Canada Accommodation Information Coming Soon!
Race Week Schedule

Please see the Gold Coast 2018 website for the current Event Schedule.

Team Canada Event Schedule Coming Soon!

General Race Information
Event Venue:

Broadwater Parklands at Southport will serve as the event venue.  Located on the northern end of the Gold Coast and approximately 60 minutes from Brisbane Airport and 45 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport, this venue offers a vast array of cafes, restaurants, bars, accommodation, public transport and sightseeing experiences.  Click here for the venue maps.

Course Information:

Coming Soon!

First Aid / Medical

All Canadian athletes must be insured by Triathlon Canada for all race related and team activities. You must purchase Triathlon Canada insurance at the time of registration.

First Aid/Medical Information Coming Soon!

 

Uniforms

Team Canada Uniform Information Coming Soon!

Please see Triathlon Canada Uniform Policy if you have questions.

  • Personal Sponsor Logos: Please ensure you consult the ITU Competition Rules for all rules pertaining to sponsor logo placement and size.
Team Management / Volunteers
Shauna Clarke

Shauna started working with Triathlon Canada in 2015 and supported Team Canada in Spain at the 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships and Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Championships. Shauna has a degree in Recreation and Health Education and has worked 3 seasons with IRONMAN as an integral part of the Athlete Services Team. At Triathlon Canada Shauna works on Team Canada World Championship registration and administration, High Performance logistics and is a project support on the national triathlon registration system. Shauna brings to the team great energy and is committed to supporting each athlete with their individual needs as best as possible.

Christian Milette

Christian Milette has supported Team Canada at many events, including the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton and the 2017 Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. He has also represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and is no stranger to the highest level of competition as an athlete. For the last 16 years Christian has been working for Radio Canada as an Animateur-videojournaliste.  We are thrilled to have Christian as part of our management team again and are lucky to have his support!

Rachel Macatee

Rachel Macatee joined the Triathlon Canada Team near the end of the 2017 season, just in time to support Team Canada at the 2017 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. Rachel has worked extensively within the world of Triathlon, particularly in event operations and management. She has worked with the IRONMAN brand for the past 4 years as the Athlete Services Manager for all Western Canadian races. She is excited to be joining Triathlon Canada, and is looking forward to the 2018 season.

News
Gold Coast 2018 Newsletters Coming Soon!
Facebook Group

You can find the latest updates and connect with other members of 2018 Age-Group Team Canada on our Facebook page.

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