A letter to Canadian Age Group World Championship Team Athletes re: Edmonton

Dear Team Canada Age Group Athlete,

Thank you very much for your continued patience regarding the 2021 World Triathlon Age Group Championships Edmonton.

Triathlon Canada, in partnership with World Triathlon Series Edmonton, World Triathlon was hoping for a different outcome, however due to COVID-19 and the related international travel restrictions, we regret to inform you that the Age Group Championship races will not be held this August 17-22 as part of the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton.

With the health and safety of our athletes and community as top priority, government officials and public health authorities are unable to grant full travel exemptions to international age group athletes, including vaccinated travellers at this time.

We know this is disappointing for everyone. We understand the hard-work and dedication it takes to qualify and prepare for the World Championships. We too are disappointed that we cannot host 3,000+ international age group athletes in Edmonton this summer.  We can tell you World Triathlon is still trying to find an alternate location for these races later in the year outside of Canada.  Stay tuned for more information on this.

That said, World Triathlon Series Edmonton is putting plans together in an effort to stage a standard and sprint distance community age group race. The local organizing committee is welcoming all Canadian age group athletes to participate. We will provide complete details in mid-June with the goal of still providing a race opportunity for you, while supporting the men’s and women’s Grand Final of the World Triathlon Championship Series – just days removed from the Tokyo Olympic Games – as well as the U23 World Championships.

In addition, we will be sending more details to the team regarding the registration process for the races offered to Canadian athletes, as well as options for withdrawals, cancellations, and deferrals in the coming weeks.

We thank you again for your support and patience. Obviously, we wish we had better news to share for our age group team.  For more information, please visit our website Edmonton.triathlon.org

Kim Van Bruggen, CEO Triathlon Canada
Christine Cogger, Age Group Team Manager Triathlon Canada

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