Liam Donnelly

National Development Team
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Date of Birth: May 17, 1999
Birth Place: Campbellville, ON
Residence: Victoria, BC

It could be said, Liam was born to run – and maybe swim and bike.

Liam grew up crazy for every sport he could get his hands on, mostly including hockey in the winters and soccer in the summers.

Like many Canadian triathletes his generation, Liam was introduced to triathlon after watching Simon Whitfield sprint for silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Without really knowing what the triathlon was and with no formal background in any of the three sports, he decided that he wanted to be a triathlete.

He has come a long way since his first race as a youngster, where he frantically tried to teach himself to swim for the 100-metre dip the night before at the hotel, admitting he was not strong in the water.

Liam slowly worked his way through the development system over the years, starting with the Ontario Provincial Development Program as a Junior. Since then, he has represented Canada at all levels of international competition, including multiple North American Championships, Pan-American Championships, and World Championships.

In 2021, Liam graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University (HBA), where he took a special interest in social enterprise, sustainability, data analytics, and entrepreneurship. In January of 2022, he moved out west to train full-time with the senior men’s team at the National Performance Centre in Victoria where he continues to live and train towards his goals of representing Canada at major international events. Did You Know…Liam has been vegan for three years and his favourite food to experiment with is figs! His hero is Kobe Bryant and is inspired by his work ethic and never back down mentality. He loves competing in Mexico, but his favourite place is the Tongyeong World Cup.

Career Highlights

2022 – U23 World Championships, Abu Dhabi: 29
2022 – Sprint Triathlon National Championships, Gatineau, CAN: 3
2022 – World Cup, Tongyeong, KOR: 18
2022 – World Cup, Huatulco, MEX: 25
2022 – Continental Cup, Santa Marta, USA: 2
2022 – U23 Pan American Championships Montevideo, ESP: 4
2022 – Continental Cup, Long Beach, USA: 6
2022 – Cana Continental Cup, Punta Cana, MEX: 8
2021 – U23 World Championships Edmonton, CAN: 26
2021 – U23 Pan American Championships St. George, USA: 8
2021 – Continental Cup, Salinas, USA: 6
2018 – Junior Pan American Championships Brasilia, BRA: 4
2018 – Junior North American Championships Sarasota, USA: 5
2018 – Junior World Championships Gold Coast, AUS: 28

Major Games
World Championships

2022 – U23 World Championships, Abu Dhabi: 29
2021 – U23 World Championships, Edmonton, CAN: 26
2018 – Junior World Championships, Gold Coast, AUS: 28

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