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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.

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 2019 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”.

2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Date: April 27th to May 4th, 2019
Location: Pontevedra, Spain

2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Date: August 29th to September 1st, 2019
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Date: August 20th to August 23rd, 2020
Location: Edmonton, Canada

2020 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Date: September 4th to September 12th, 2020
Location: Almere, Netherlands

Charity Entry Program

Click here for the full 2019 Charity Entry Pilot Program details.
Click here to submit an Expression of Interest in a 2019 Charity Entry. 

Please read the full program details BEFORE submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).  Available entries will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis from the submitted EOI’s for all athletes who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the document linked above.

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) ~ $190.00 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 and t-shirt. Triathlon Canada has removed the need to buy black shorts and or pants; however, these items are still required as part of the team Canada kit. Should you need to purchase black shorts or pants they can be found in the online store.

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

As per the 2018 ITU Competition Rules, disc brakes are permitted.

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.

Age Group Team Canada Survey Results

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 Multisport World Championships Festival

Pontevedra, Spain April 27-May 5 2019

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Lausanne, Switzerland
August 29th-September 1st, 2019

How to Qualify

HOW TO JOIN AGE GROUP TEAM CANADA – 2019

How to Qualify
The Age Group Team Canada Selection process changed in 2018 and some additional changes have been made for the 2019 season.

As of January 1st, 2018 the new policy will be in place. The vast majority of Team Canada spots will go only to athletes who place within the allocated slots at designated qualifying events. This is in an effort to ensure that our best athletes are representing Canada on the world stage, and that high quality events are offered within Canada to all of our athletes. Athletes who do not qualify, but wish to experience a World Championship event, have the option to register in the Open Categories through the Local Organizing Committees or purchase a limited number of Charity entries. See details below.

There are two ways to join Age Group Team Canada:

1. Qualification at a Designated Qualifying Event

Who Qualifies: Athletes who have earned an automatic qualifier spot at a Triathlon Canada sanctioned qualification event and meet the eligibility criteria listed below. In addition, any athletes wishing to qualify must complete an EOI prior to racing in order to be considered for a spot. EOIs must be complete for every distance/discipline that an athlete wishes to compete in.For example, if an event has 3 qualifying spots per age group, the top 3 athletes of each gender with a valid annual provincial and Triathlon Canada membership for each age-adjusted age category are qualifiers (as long as they meet the basic criteria below). Athletes must be a Triathlon Canada Member PRIOR to the qualification event.

How to Register: Registration is available upon verification of automatic qualification. Results will be provided to Triathlon Canada by the Local Organizing Committee through the National Triathlon Registration System. The automatic qualifier will receive an email from Triathlon Canada with a link to complete their World Championship registration.

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

2.  Purchase of a Charity Entry (Limited Entries, in Available Age Groups Only)

See the Charity Entry Program section below.

AGE GROUP TEAM CANADA CRITERIA & ELIGIBILITY

Age Group Team Selection
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 Para-Triathlete Classification section of the website.

Age Group Eligibility Criteria:
This criteria is mandatory for ALL Athletes wishing to join Age Group Team Canada:

  1. Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
  2. Must be a valid annual member of a Triathlon Provincial Sport Organization and Triathlon Canada
  3. Must pay the Triathlon Canada Management Fee in order to claim a spot (Note: this is NOT your race entry fee).

Age-Adjusted Results:

Athletes are qualifying for the Age Group World Championships in the following year, so qualification will be determined by age-adjusted results. These are results with birth dates as of December 31st of 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.

Registration Period:
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 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.

PDF Downloads:
Selection Process – How to Qualify
Selection Process – History & FAQ

Disciplines

Standard Duathlon – Sunday, April 28th
Sprint Duathlon – Saturday, April 27th
Cross Triathlon – Tuesday, April 30th
Aquathlon – Thursday, May 2nd
Long Distance Triathlon – Saturday, May 4th
Aquabike – Saturday, May 4th

Registration

General registration for the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships is now closed. 

Travel

For information on traveling to and from Spain, please visit the Pontevedra 2019 website.  

Visa Requirements: Canadian Citizens do NOT require a travel visa to enter Spain.

Nervous about travelling with your bike?

Please click here for some useful information!

Accommodation

Team Canada Accommodation Information:

Team Canada has identified 2 hotels in nearby Vigo, Spain. Please note, it is not mandatory to stay at one of these hotels.

 Hesperia Vigo

Address: Avda. La Florida, 60 36210 Vigo – España

To make reservations call or email: 

Silvia Vázquez Couso

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T: +34 986 29 66 00

www.hesperia.com/hoteles/hesperia-vigo/

 NH Collection Vigo:

Address: Avenida García Barbón, 17-19 | 36201 Vigo | SPAIN | 36201 Vigo | SPAIN 

To make reservations call or email: 

Natalia Fernández

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T: 986 433643

www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-collection-vigo

 

Race Week Schedule

Team Canada Race Schedule Coming Soon!

Please see the provisional schedule currently posted on the Pontevedra 2019 website.

General Race Information

 

Event Information

Duathlon
Cross Triathlon
Aquathlon

Aquabike

Long Distance

 

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

The official 2019 Age Group team uniform and parade gear for the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships is now closed. If you have questions regarding your uniform please e-mail

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
Christine Cogger

Christine supported Triathlon Canada as a Team manager at the 2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Fyn and the 2018 Triathlon World Championships in Australia and is excited to return for 2019. An avid athlete herself, and Race Director for IRONMAN Canada Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and great energy to the team!

Christian Milette

Christian Milette has supported Team Canada at many events, including the 2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Fyn and the 2018 Triathlon World Championships in Australia. 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. 


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.

Facebook Group

You can find the latest updates and connect with other members of 2019 Age-Group Team Canada on our Facebook page.

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

General registration for the 2018 ITU Triathlon World Championships is now closed. 

The next phase of registration for those that have claimed their spot on Team Canada will be their race fee payment. Expect these fees to be collected 2-3 months prior to the event. Triathlon Canada is in the process of programming the registration site with the LOC race fee structure. Once completed we will communicate to everyone via e-mail. **Please note during your race fee payment all athletes will be required to purchase insurance. Triathlon Canada is mandated by the ITU to ensure all athletes are covered by our National Federation Insurance.

Please contact Christine Cogger () with any questions or special requests.

Travel

Visit the Lausanne 2019 website for detailed travel information.  We will be posting Team Accommodation options shortly.

Flights

We recommend flying to Geneva and taking a train to Lausanne.

The train the to Lausanne operates frequently. 

 

Nervous about traveling with your bike?

Please click here for some useful information!

Accommodation

 We have been working with the ITU and the local organizing committee in Lausanne to secure accommodation for the event. Given the sizes of the hotels, we’ve opted to offer several locations which suit different budgets and needs.

Please use this link to see the list of hotels offered (**identified as Triathlon Canada).

Please note the following:

A deposit of €165.00 per person is required at the time of booking with the remaining balance due 12 weeks prior to arrival;

Airport transfers can be booked as additional extras (CHF 130.00 per person) and service will include: 

  • Meeting athletes in the arrival hall at Geneva Airport with a dedicated team;
  • Event signage and dedicated meeting point;
  • Transportation for athletes, friends, family and bikes;
  • Confirmed departure times for the return transfer to Geneva Airport;

Other services offered include:

  • Bike mechanic services can be booked as additional extras;
  • Sports massage services can be booked as additional extras;
  • Geneva add on stays can be booked as additional extras;
  • Clients can request a flight quote including bike transport;

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Race Week Schedule

Please see the Lausanne 2019 for the current Event Schedule.

Team Canada Event Schedule Coming Soon!

General Race Information
Event Venue:

The competition will take place in the extraordinary setting of Ouchy, on the shores of Lake Geneva, facing the Alps. Ouchy is close to many restaurants, accommodation, public transport and is located 6 minutes by metro from Lausanne Railway Station and 7 minutes from the city centre.. 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 your race fee registration.

First Aid/Medical Information Coming Soon!

Uniforms

Team Canada Uniform Orders for Lausanne now closed as of November 15th . If you missed the order deadline please contact

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
Christine Cogger

Christine supported Triathlon Canada as a Team manager at the 2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Fyn and the 2018 Triathlon World Championships in Australia and is excited to return for 2019. An avid athlete herself, and Race Director for IRONMAN Canada Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and great energy to the team!

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

Coming soon!

Facebook Group

You can find the latest updates and connect with other members of 2019 Age-Group Team Canada on our Facebook page.

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