About Triathlon Canada
A culture of gold medal performances
Triathlon Canada is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the sport. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to the same expectation we have of our athletes and coaches who represent us: being the best in the field, whether it’s on the race course, in the training environment or in the offices and boardroom.
To be a world leader in the sport of Triathlon.
To bring our country together under one Triathlon Canada Nation, with a focus on achieving excellence at all levels.
To put more Canadians at all levels on the start line and more high-performance athletes on the podium.
Trust– We seek to build trust by demonstrating transparency and accountability in all that we do.
Integrity – We demonstrate integrity in our daily interactions, dealing fairly, respectfully and consistently with everyone.
Excellence – We are committed to achieving excellence by exhibiting organizational leadership, financial responsibility, innovation and sound decision-making.
Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and results, we engage others in decisions that affect them, we participate actively in discussion and commit to decisions once they are made, and we personally commit to the success and well-being of teammates.
Resilience – We set high standards and believe anything is possible; we strive to overcome adversity, turning losses into lessons and adapting to change and challenges as they arise.
Respect – We assume the best in everyone, listening to others for understanding and valuing all individuals for their diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Our Strategic Priorities and Goals
Performance – to optimize the platform for our high-performance athletes to excel in international and Olympic/Paralympic competitions while inspiring personal best performances at every level.
Pathway – to grow and support the Triathlon Canada Nation while providing a clear pathway to develop more Olympic/Paralympic triathlon podium performances for Canada.
Organizational Excellence – to increase our profile, strengthen our operations and diversify our resources to ensure long-term success as an organization.
Triathlon Canada is a non-profit society governed by a Board of Directors elected by the provincial sport organizations for up to four-year terms. The Governance Committee works with the Triathlon Canada Board of Directors by providing leadership within the organization in the areas of governance, particularly policy development, bylaws, nominations and election procedures and Board processes and effectiveness.
Triathlon Canada has an incredible legacy and history in our sport internationally.
Canada has been at the forefront of the sport with our athletic performances from the early days in the 80s and 90s. The path of excellence was blazed by Carol Montgomery, Patricia and Sylviane Puntous, Peter Reid and Lori Bowden, just to name a few – athletes who inspired countless triathletes with their world championship performances.
Those trailblazers laid the foundation for Simon Whitfield’s nation-moving gold-medal performance when the sport made its debut at the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.
Triathlon Canada never looked back from that historic day, which ultimately cemented us as a premiere triathlon nation on the international scene.
Inspired by all of the greats before us to swim, bike and run, Triathlon Canada has since developed and produced countless memorable performances by triathletes of all ages in a variety of race distances.
From Paula Findlay winning an unprecedented five World Triathlon Series titles to Kirsten Sweetland running into the history books as only the second Canadian ever to reach the World Triathlon Series podium and third ever to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, our women have rewritten the history books over the last eight years.
Simon Whitfield aside, the performances by our men have been equally remarkable on the big stage, led by Stefan Daniel’s Para-Triathlon World Championship title just one year before he won the silver at the sport’s Paralympic debut in Rio 2016.
Canada’s long-distance athletes have also been capturing the world’s attention. Brent McMahon and Lionel Sanders cracked an unprecedented sub-8-hour mark in Ironman distance, and Heather Wurtele is a six-time Ironman titleholder who is fully committed to the ‘long’ game.
We saw explosive growth in the sport after 2000, and we now have a core group of more than 22,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers who make up our unique triathlon community. These are all passionate and committed people and, as a national sport organization, we ultimately represent and govern the sport on your behalf.
Medals and Records
A History of Canada’s Medallists at Major Events
Olympic Summer Games
- 2008 | Simon Whitfield (Silver) | Beijing, China
- 2000 | Simon Whitfield (Gold) | Sydney, Australia
Paralympic Summer Games
- 2016 | Stefan Daniel (Silver) | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2014 | Kirsten Sweetland (Silver) | Glasgow, Scotland
- 2002 | Simon Whitfield (Gold) | Manchester, England
- 2002 | Carol Montgomery (Gold) | Manchester, England
Pan American Games
- 2011 | Brent McMahon (Bronze) | Puerto Vallerta, Mexico
- 2007 | Lauren Groves (Bronze) | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2007 | Brent McMahon (Silver) | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2003 | Jill Savege (Gold) | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 1999 | Simon Whitfield (Bronze) | Winnipeg, Canada
- 1999 | Sharon Donnelly (Gold) | Winnipeg, Canada
- 1999 | Carol Montgomery (Bronze) | Winnipeg, Canada
- 1995 | Mark Bates (Silver) | Mar del Plata, Argentina
- 1995 | Kristie Otto (Silver) | Mar del Plata, Argentina
- 1995 | Oscar Galindez (Bronze) | Mar del Plata, Argentina
Elite World Championships
- 2000 | Carol Montgomery (Silver) | Perth, Australia
- 1993 | Joanna Ritchie (Bronze) | Manchester, England
- 1992 | Joanna Ritchie (Silver) | Huntsville, Canada
- 1991 | Joanna Ritchie (Gold) | Gold Coast, Australia
- 1991 | Terri Smith Ross (Silver) | Gold Coast, Australia
Under-23 and Junior World Championships
- 2015 | Charles Paquet (Silver) | Cozumel, Mexico (Juniors)
- 2013 | Ellen Pennock (Silver) | London, UK (U23)
- 2013 | Amelie Kretz (Bronze) | London, UK (U23)
- 2012 | Joanna Brown (Bronze) | Auckland, New Zealand (U23)
- 2010 | Kirsten Sweetland (Silver) | Budapest, Hungary (U23)
- 2010 | Joanna Brown (Bronze) | Budapest, Hungary (Juniors)
- 2009 | Paula Findlay (Bronze) | Gold Coast, Australia (U23)
- 2006 | Kirsten Sweetland (Gold) | Lausanne, Switzerland (Juniors)
- 1992 | Kirstie Otto (Bronze) | Huntsville, Canada (Juniors)
- 1991 | Erik Myllamaki (Gold) | Gold Coast, Australia (Juniors)
World Triathlon Series
- 2014 | Kirsten Sweetland (Bronze) | Hamburg, Germany (WTS)
- 2011 | Paula Findlay (Gold) | Madrid, Spain (WTS)
- 2011 | Paula Findlay (Gold) | Kitzbuhel, Austria (WTS)
- 2011 | Paula Findlay (Gold) | Sydney, Australia (WTS)
- 2010 | Paula Findlay (Gold) | Kitzbuhel, Austria (WTS)
- 2010 | Paula Findlay (Gold) | London, England (WTS)
Elite Paratriathlon World Championships
- 2015 | Stefan Daniel (Gold) | Chicago, U.S.A. (PT4)
- 2014 | Stefan Daniel (Silver) | Edmonton, Canada (PT4)
- 2013 | Stefan Daniel (Bronze) | London, UK (PT4)
Elite World Duathlon Championships
- 2000 | Brent McMahon (Silver) | Calais, France
- 1994 | Kristine Chambers (Gold) | Hobart, Australia
Elite Long Distance Triathlon World Championships
- 2013 | Rachel McBride (Bronze) | Belfort, France
- 1995 | Peter Reid (Bronze) | Nice, France
- 2017 | Lionel Sanders (Gold) | Penticton, Canada
- 2017 | Heather Wurtele (Bronze) | Penticton, Canada
Elite Cross Triathlon World Championships
- 2017 | Melanie McQuaid (Gold) | Penticton, Canada
- 2013 | Chantell Widney (Bronze) | Den Haag, Netherlands
- 2012 | Melanie McQuaid (Silver) | Shelby County, USA
- 2011 | Melanie McQuaid (Gold) | Extremadura, Spain
Elite Aquathlon World Championships
- 2017 | Matt Sharpe (Gold) | Penticton, Canada
- 2017 | John Rasmussen (Silver) | Penticton, Canada
- 2017 | Brennen Smith (Bronze) | Penticton, Canada
ITU Rules and Regulations
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) Rules and Regulations are updated each year. To see the latest version, visit their website.
Becoming part of Triathlon Canada Nation starts by joining your provincial sport organization.
Triathlon Canada Nation. We can. We will.
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