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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
- Performance Stream: pursuing Olympic or Paralympic style triathlon
- Sport Stream: pursuing excellence in any ITU multisport event
- Community Stream: participating in triathlon at a recreational level
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 participation, not competition. The distances are much shorter and increase as participants mature in the sport. Every province in Canada will have its own series of KITCan races. Many of them happen with an adult race, making it a family affair.
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!
Triathlon Canada Nation. We can. We will.
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