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 “KitCan” program for kids and youth. New to Triathlon? Learn about the sport here.
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.
Paratriathlon 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 six sport classes for para-athletes, and International Triathlon Union sanctioned paratriathlon events include the 750m sprint swim, 20km bike (hand bike/tandem) and 5km run (racing wheelchair).
The sport of “triathlon” is about more than just your traditional swim, bike. There are 7 additional formats that fall into a category referred to as “multisport”. These events truly offer something for everyone by restructuring to highlight two disciplines, or adding in new elements such as mountain biking, or testing the limits over long-distance courses. There are even two winter events that bring in snow sports. There are multisport competitions at every level including ITU and IRONMAN World Championships for age group and elite athletes.
Age Group athletes are the heart and soul of triathlon around the world, and make up the vast majority of the triathlete population. These are recreational or competitive athletes who compete against their own age category. Age Group competitions range from community events right up to the ITU Age Group World Championships. Racing categories are determined by gender and age bracket – typically in 5-year increments. Formal “age group” competition begins at age 16 and continues for life with competitors racing well into their 80s.
In triathlon, “Junior” refers to elite athletes who are aged 16-19 as of December 31st of a competition year. These athletes are on the high performance sport pathway and are looking to race in elite international competition. Development programs are facilitated by each provincial sport organizations and connect with Triathlon Canada’s high performance program.
Athletes in the same age category who do not want to pursue high performance sport are included in the “age group” category.
Triathlon Canada’s Kids In Triathlon (KitCan) program gives kids aged 3 to 11 a chance to experience triathlon in a positive and fun environment. The emphasis is on fun and participation, not competition. The distances are much shorter and increase as participants mature in the sport. Many of the KitCan events are organized in conjunction with an adult race, making it a family affair.
New to Triathlon?
A triathlon is a multi-stage competition involving the completion of three 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 swim, cycle and run components. There is something for everyone, but careful — triathlon is addictive!
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