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Athletes and Teams

Canada: this is our sport and our time.

As Canadians, it’s in our nature to run, swim and ride a bike at an early age. Our wide-open spaces and big water are made for it, so putting all three together just seems natural. Everyone can do it, and our athletes are among the world leaders in the sport. Triathlon Canada supports athletes to go for their own gold – whether that means aiming for the Olympic and Paralympic podium (high-performance stream), or striving to achieve your personal best – and even compete internationally – at the amateur level (age-group stream). We’re particularly excited about the next generation of triathletes coming up through our junior development program and “Kids of Steel” youth development program. New to Triathlon? Learn about the sport here.

High Performance Stream

High-performance stream

A big part of our job at Triathlon Canada is to make sure the right systems and supports are in place to allow our high-performance athletes to excel in Olympic/Paralympic competition or at the professional/elite international level. Our National Performance Centre’s world-class training facilities, coaching and sports science staff are key to everyone’s success. We are also responsible for talent identification, National Team selection and National Training Camps and clinics.

Olympic

Olympic

A big part of our job at Triathlon Canada is to make sure the right systems and supports are in place to allow our high-performance athletes to excel in Olympic/Paralympic competition or at the professional/elite international level. Our National Performance Centre’s world class training facilities, coaching and sports science staff are key to everyone’s success. We are also responsible for talent identification, National Team selection and National Training Camps and clinics.

Paralympic

Paralympic

Para-triathlon is an emerging sport, and was only recently included in the Paralympic program – in 2016 at the Rio games. Triathlon is a rare sport in which able-bodied athletes compete side-by-side with impaired athletes at both the national and international levels. There are five sport classes for para-athletes, and International Triathlon Union sanctioned para-triathlon events include the 750m sprint swim, 20km bike (hand bike/tandem) and 5km run (racing wheelchair).

Pro

Pro

Turning “pro” isn’t just a commitment to excellence. It is a lifestyle, a passion and a business. You’ll be racing among the best in the world – and it requires mental strength, time and financial management to keep you on top of your game.

Age Group

Age Group

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.). The word “amateur” may be misleading: some age-groupers have their sights on earning a spot in the Age-Group Team Canada world championships or turning Pro.

Youth

Junior

Junior age-group athletes must be within the ages of 16-19 as of December 31. When an athlete turns 16, they can compete on an Olympic or Paralympic Pathway, or the Age-Group pathway. Development programs are facilitated by each provincial sport organizations that address one of the three athlete streams:

  1. Performance Stream: pursuing Olympic or Paralympic style triathlon
  2. Sport Stream: pursuing excellence in any ITU multisport event
  3. Community Stream: participating in triathlon at a recreational level

Once you are 16, you can compete as both a Junior and an Age-Grouper.

Kids

Kids

Triathlon Canada’s Kids of Steel program is designed to offer kids across the country a chance to experience triathlon in a positive environment. The emphasis is on participation, not competition. The distances are much shorter than at other levels and increase as participants mature in the sport. Every province in Canada has its own series of youth triathlons. Races offer participants a chance to travel and develop great friendships. Many Kids of Steel races are held with an adult race, making it a family affair.

New to Triathlon?

New to Triathlon?

A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance activities. While many variations of the sport exist, the most popular form involves swimming, cycling and running over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle and run components. There is something for everyone, but careful — triathlon is addictive!

A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance activities. While many variations of the sport exist, the most popular form involves swimming, cycling and running over various distances.

Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle, and run components.

Variations include aquabike (swimming and cycling), aquathlon (swimming and running), duathlon (cycling and running), cross triathlon (swimming, mountain biking and trail running) and long-course (ultra long distance 3-day triathlon covering 510 km in separate stages).

Within Triathlon Canada, there are many different streams for athletes to follow, from first-time grassroots programs for beginners to the Olympic Games. Exploring each athlete stream allows you to understand which applies best to you or your child/children. In turn, knowing your pathway allows you to find all the information and resources best suited to your triathlon experience.

There are two main streams for triathletes in Canada:

Performance

Dream of standing on the podium at the Olympic/Paralympic Games or other elite multisport international competitions (e.g. long course, cross)? Then Performance is your stream. Get inspired by reading about our National Teams, find out about the pathway to high-performance and learn about upcoming sanctioned events. And then get in touch with your provincial sport organization.

Age-Group

Have a personal goal of aiming as high as you can within the amateur world? Then age-group is your stream. The age-group stream is athletes of all ages and abilities pursuing the triathlon lifestyle. Within the age-group stream are first time participants and dedicated athletes who have represented Canada multiple times at age-group championships or are participating in sprints through to Ironmans. Check out our age-group National Teams to see what’s possible, and get in touch with your provincial sport organization to access a wide range of information such as how to find and join a local club, connect with training resources and coaches, and learn upcoming race details.

Triathlon Canada Nation. We can. We will.

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Triathlon Canada

The official start line for triathlon in Canada, leading some on a path to the podium and inspiring others to achieve their personal best.

Triathlon Canada
121 - 1925 Blanshard St.
Victoria, BC
Canada
V8T 4J2 Telephone: 250.412.1795
Fax: 250.412.1794

Office Hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:00 (PST)

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