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Canada’s 47,000+ age group athletes are the heart of Triathlon Canada Nation.

Is your goal simply to cross the finish line, or do you want to aim as high as you can in the amateur world? Either way, age-groupers are your people. The age-group stream includes athletes of all ages and abilities united in their pursuit of the triathlon lifestyle. Some are first time participants, while others are dedicated athletes who have represented Canada at Age Group championships or participated in Ironmans. By definition, 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.). At Triathlon Canada, we recognize age-groupers as the beating heart of our Triathlon Canada Nation! Get in touch with your provincial triathlon association to find a club near you.

Age-Group Team Canada

The Canadian Age-Group World Championship Teams consist of top performing age-group athletes and para-athletes in Canada who earn a spot at a Qualification Race to represent Canada on the world stage at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships. Team members have the unique opportunity to proudly represent their country, participate in a unique team environment and celebrate their sport within the global multisport community. The age-group team is one hundred percent self-funded.

Each year, there are two world championship events:

  • ITU Multisport World Championships Festival
  • ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Details for the 2020 events are listed below.  Event Information from the Local Organizing Committees isn’t typically posted until after the event for the current year is completed.

Para-triathletes compete in age-group competition according to their classification.  If they are not officially classified through the ITU process, para-triathletes can always race locally in a self-identified “Open Paratriathlon”.

2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Date: August 17th to 23rd, 2020
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Website: https://www.donorth2020.com/

2020 ITU Multisport World Championship

Date: September 4-13, 2020
Location: Almere-Amsterdam, NL

Website: https://almere.triathlon.org

How to qualify

GENERAL REGISTRATION – ITU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

 

The Age Group Canada selection process is changing for the 2019 competition season, which will affect the 2020 World Championships events. Qualification for the 2020 ITU MultiSport World Championships in Almere, NL, and the 2020 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, AB will be completed in accordance with the 2019 policy.

As of January 1, 2019, the new policy will be in place. The vast majority of Team Canada spots will be reserved for athletes who will be allocated slots at designated qualifying events and who have completed an expression of interest PRIOR to the start of their qualifying race. This is to ensure that our best athletes represent Canada on the world stage and that high-quality events are offered in Canada to all our athletes. Athletes who do not qualify, but wish to participate in a World Championship, have the opportunity to register in open categories with local organizing committees (should they be available) or to purchase a limited number of charitable registrations. See the details below.

There are two ways to be part of Team Canada:

  1. Qualification at a designated qualification event

Who Qualifies: Athletes who have earned an automatic qualification in a Triathlon Canada sanctioned qualifying event and who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. For example, if an event has three qualifying places by age category, the top three athletes of each gender, who are members in good standing of the provincial association and Triathlon Canada, for each age category adjusted by are qualified (provided they meet the basic criteria below). Athletes must be members of Triathlon Canada BEFORE the qualifying event and must have submitted an EOI BEFORE the qualifying event.

How to register: Registration is available after verification of the automatic qualification. The results will be provided to Triathlon Canada by the local organizing committee through the national triathlon registration system. The automatically qualified athlete will receive an email from Triathlon Canada with a link to complete their registration at the World Championships.

NOTE: Athletes who automatically qualify will receive the necessary information to register as soon as their eligibility has been verified. Please allow one month after each race due to the administrative delay. If you do not receive a notification within one month after the qualifying event, please contact as the email may not have been received.

 

2. Purchase of a Charity Entry (limited registrations, available for age groups only)

Who qualifies: The registration process for these entries will open in the fall subject to the last qualifying race and the last automatic places (one month after the last event). Charitable entries will be limited to a maximum of 35 registrations, consisting of unclaimed places in the available age categories. Athletes must meet the criteria listed in the eligibility section below to purchase a charitable registration.

How to register: Register on the Triathlon Canada website. The selection of athletes to the team under this program will be on a first come, first served basis, as determined by the receipt of completed registration confirmation documents from Triathlon Canada. Profits from charitable registration will be used to support the National Development Team and Kids In Triathlon Canada (KITCAN) programs. Charitable receipts will be issued for these registrations. An optional fundraising feature will be included, with packages for the best fundraisers.

To submit an EOI for a charity entry, please click here.

CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY FOR TEAM CANADA AGE GROUP ATHLETES

Selection for Team Canada Age Group athletes

Eligible athletes / para-athletes seeking a spot on the ITU Age Group World Team Team must meet the following criteria. Please note that para-athletes must also adhere to the classification guidelines described in the para-triathlete classification section of the website.

Eligibility criteria for Age Group Athletes:

In order to be eligible to claim a spot, you must meet the following basic criteria:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada; Make sure you register for the event with your CANADIAN address!
  2. Be a member in good standing with a Triathlon Provincial Sport Organization (PSO);
  3. Be a member in good standing with Triathlon Canada (included in annual provincial membership);
  4. Must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) PRIOR to each Qualification Event.

 

Résultats ajustés en fonction de l’âge:

Qualification events for Age Group World Championships are held during the competition season prior to the World Championship events. This means that the qualifying events and the World Championships events do not fall within the same calendar year. Athletes are qualifying for the age category they will represent at the World Championships, so results from the qualifying events are adjusted forward by one year. For example; for a 2019 qualification event, each athlete’s age is adjusted to represent how old they will be as of December 31st, 2020.

The important impact of this is that the race-day results at a qualifying event will not necessarily match the qualifying results submitted. An athlete may “age-up” and affect the ranking both in the age category they are leaving, and the new category they are joining. This could result in “bumping” an athlete from a spot.If an athlete is first in the race-day results but is bumped to second in the age-adjusted results, that athlete does NOT automatically qualify for a spot if there is only one spot available at the qualifying event. It is important to wait for the final age-adjusted results!

Registration Period:

To be determined once the race dates have been confirmed. All athletes are responsible for knowing the timelines of the registration process. Athletes are confirmed on Team Canada Age Groups once the registration is complete. If Triathlon Canada finds an entry error, athletes will be notified that their spot has been rescinded.

Non-Refundable Triathlon Canada Team Management Fee Policy:

In order to confirm your spot, athletes will pay a non-refundable Triathlon Canada team management fee. These fees are used for the administration and management of the team and for the social event. The costs of race registration and uniform fees will be payable at a later date, and the exact amounts will be announced once they are determined.

PDF documents

Processus de sélection – Comment se qualifier
Processus de sélection – Historique et questions fréquemment posées

Para-triathlete Classification

Comment recevoir une classification en tant que para-triathlète de groupes d’âge:

  • Triathlon Canada doit amorcer le processus, au nom d’un athlète, en fournissant des documents médicaux et tout autres dossiers au responsable de la classification de l’ITU, ou au représentant, afin que l’existence du handicap admissible puisse être vérifiée.
  • Chaque athlète nécessitant une classification doit soumettre à l’ITU, par l’intermédiaire de sa Fédération nationale, au plus tard six (6) semaines avant la compétition, le formulaire de diagnostic médical de déficience physique (PI) ou déficience visuelle (VI) et tous les documents médicaux pertinents.
  • Les athlètes doivent fournir à la commission de classification une copie du formulaire de diagnostic médical du handicap physique (PI) de l’ITU complété par leur médecin ou le formulaire de diagnostic médical de déficience médicale (VI) de l’ITU, complété par un ophtalmologiste.

Les formulaires se retrouvent au lien suivant: http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/documents

Parce qu’il n’y aura aucune possibilité de classer les athlètes multisports au Canada en 2017, ce processus sera une «classification provisoire». Vous pouvez participer aux Championnats du monde de Rotterdam et de Penticton avec ce statut.

Si vous avez des questions, contactez . Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur la voie paralympique, visitez notre section Athlètes et équipes.

Le triathlon ou paratriathlon est nouveau pour vous? Contactez votre organisme provincial du sport pour vous impliquer dès aujourd’hui!

Fees, accommodation and uniform

Team Canada Age Group team members are fully self-funded. Athletes should expect the following costs:

ItemApproximate costDue date
Team managent fee (mandatory) 

190$

 

When claiming your spot (non-refundable).
Race entry fees

(mandatory)

 

~ 200-700$

Depends on the race, how many races and currency

To be determined by organizing committee; typically 6-8 weeks prior to race
Team Canada uniform (Jacket, shirt, race suit)

(mandatory)

 

approx. 425$

(includes taxes, duty and shipping)

In the Spring prior to the start of the competition season
Team Canada hotel

(not required)

approx.

$150-250/night

(Depending on location)

November to January, prior to competition season.
Team Canada social

(not required)

Included in TM fee; nominal fee for additional guests.Announced in weeks prior to event.

Team Canada Team Management Fee

Team fees support Team Canada’s annual administration and management of age group teams and programs. Specifically, funds support the identification and selection of Triathlon Canada Qualification Events, athlete registration and acceptance, development and coordination of accommodation, travel, uniform design and administration, athlete health and safety, and insurance. During the event, there is a management team on the ground that provides daily updates of information, video souvenirs, briefings, familiarization training, organized team meals and “office hours” to help each athlete with the preparation of his race. It also includes a social activity. The social activity is organized in a place where the athletes & have the chance to meet and socialize with their teammates and includes drinks and a light snack or meal. There are often prizes, and they are very fun! To learn more, click here.

Frais de course

Les frais de course sont établis par le comité organisateur local (CO). Triathlon Canada ne fait que percevoir les frais et les transfère directement au CO. Pour réduire le risque associé au taux d’échange, les frais seront perçus dans la monnaie demandée par le CO. Comprenez que les frais des événements internationaux sont souvent en dollars américains, en euros et dans certains cas, leur monnaie locale.

Hôtel d’Équipe Canada

Triathlon Canada recommande de l’hébergement aux athlètes, à leur famille et leurs amis et basera ses activités à partir de cet endroit (p. ex., échauffement de vélo ou de course en équipe, heures de bureau). Il n’est pas obligatoire de séjourner à l’hôtel d’Équipe Canada, mais c’est recommandé pour faciliter la logistique de course et les activités sociales. Tous les athlètes sont invités à trouver une agence de voyage ou un hébergement adapté à leurs arrangements et à leurs besoins. Il n’y a aucune obligation de séjourner à l’hôtel d’Équipe Canada.

Uniforme d’équipe Canada

L’uniforme d’équipe Canada comprend une combinaison de course, un manteau, un t-shirt.

Qualifying events
FAQs

Q: What is the ITU World Championship?

A: The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world’s governing body for triathlon and related multi-sport disciplines (i.e. long distance, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike and cross triathlon). Every year, ITU organizes triathlon and multi-sport world championships for elite and age group athletes at the same venue and at the same time. To participate in the ITU World Championships, each athlete must qualify at an event in their country and register with their National Federation. It is the responsibility of the National Federation to register athletes for the World Championships.

Q: Existe-t-il des courses pour les groupes d’âge autres que les championnat du monde de l’ITU?

A: The ITU aims to provide opportunities for competition and sports development from the grassroots level to the elite at all their events. The idea of the beginner to the elite is unique to the sport of triathlon, where you can see athletes of all ages at the same competition. The event is meant to be inspiring and motivating. As such, almost all races in the ITU have an open tier for age groups that Canadian athletes can enter. Check out http://www.triathlon.org/ for events and the event-specific website for more information.

Any other questions?

Please email

ITU Competition Rules (equipment/uniforms)

ITU Competition rules

Wetsuit usage

The use of the wetsuit is governed by the following :

Swim distanceNon-wetsuitMandatory
Up to 1500m22° and more15.9° and less
1501 m or more24.6° and more15.9° and less

 

If the wetsuit is not permitted during the swim, the uniforms must conform to the ITU uniform rules and may not be removed during the entire competition (including “swimskin” suits), except in medium distance and long distance events. That is to say, for triathlons of standard and sprint distances, anything that is worn in the water must be worn throughout the race. Athletes are not allowed to cover their arms or legs below the knee (no compression clothing).

Cycling equipment

Summary of ITU guidelines for equipment for draft-legal races

In sanctioned age group races, bicycles with the UCI Road Race certification label (Code RD) are permitted. All bicycles in the age group, draft-legal races must be equipped with standard handlebars. Aerobars (including clip-on bars) are prohibited.

Bike frames
  • The bicycle frame must be of traditional design, that is to say constructed of a closed frame of tubular elements straight or tapered (which can be round, oval, flattened, teardrop-shaped or other cross section). Only bike-related product logos may appear on the athlete’s bike.
    The specific dimensions of the bike frame can be found on page 30 of the ITU Competition Rules.
Wheels
  • Wheels must have at least 12 spokes.
  • Disc wheels are not allowed.
Handlebars
  • Only traditional handlebars are allowed.
  • The ends of the handlebars must be plugged.
  • Aerobars (including clip-on bars) are prohibited.
Brakes

 

Helmets

Les casques doivent être approuvés par une autorité nationale accréditée reconnue par une fédération nationale affiliée à l’ITU. Avant d’acheter un casque, assurez-vous qu’il possède un autocollant de certification de la CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC ou Snell B90 / B95. Ne retirez pas cet autocollant car il donne l’assurance aux délégués techniques que le casque de vélo répond aux normes de sécurité certifiées.

ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Almere-Amsterdam, Sept 4-13 2020

 

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Edmonton, Alberta, Aug 17-23 2020

Disciplines

Standard Duathlon
Sprint Duathlon
Cross Triathlon
Aquathlon
Long Distance Triathlon
Aquabike

Registration

General registration for the 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships will open in summer 2020. Please note that this is a separate registration from your Team Management fee.

Travel

Coming soon.

 

Accommodation

Coming soon.

Race Week Schedule
General Race Information
Event Information

Duathlon
Cross Triathlon
Aquathlon

Aquabike

Long Distance

First Aid / Medical

All Canadian athletes must be insured by Triathlon Canada for all race related and team activities. You must purchase Triathlon Canada insurance at the time of registration.

First Aid/Medical Information Coming Soon!

Uniforms

The official 2020 Age Group team uniform and parade gear store for the 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships will open in November 2019.  If you have questions regarding your uniform please e-mail .

Please see Triathlon Canada Uniform Policy if you have questions.

  • Personal Sponsor Logos: Please ensure you consult the ITU Competition Rules for all rules pertaining to sponsor logo placement and size.
Team Management / Volunteers
Christine Cogger

Christine supported Triathlon Canada as a Team manager since the inaugural 2017 ITU Multisport World Champioships in Penticton and is excited to return for 2020. An avid athlete herself, and Race Director for IRONMAN Canada Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and great energy to the team!

Christian Milette

Christian Milette has supported Team Canada at many events, including the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Pontevedra and the 2019 Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne. He has also represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and is no stranger to the highest level of competition as an athlete. For the last 16 years Christian has been working for Radio Canada as an Animateur-videojournaliste.  We are thrilled to have Christian as part of our management team again and are lucky to have his support!

 


Volunteer call coming soon, variety of positions available for all experience levels. Excellent opportunity to support your Age-Group Team Canada athletes in achieve podium performances, while giving back to the Triathlon community.

News

Coming soon.

 

Disciplines

Junior, U23, Elite World Championships
Junior & U23 Mixed Team Relay World Championships
Elite Paratriathlon World Championships
Open Paratriathlon World Championships
Age Group World Championships – Sprint Distance/Olympic Distance

Registration

General registration for the 2020 ITU Triathlon World Championships is now closed. 

The next phase of registration for those that have claimed their spot on Team Canada will be their race fee payment. Expect these fees to be collected 2-3 months prior to the event. Triathlon Canada is in the process of programming the registration site with the LOC race fee structure. Once completed we will communicate to everyone via e-mail. **Please note during your race fee payment all athletes will be required to purchase insurance. Triathlon Canada is mandated by the ITU to ensure all athletes are covered by our National Federation Insurance.

Please contact Christine Cogger () with any questions or special requests.

Travel

Coming Soon!

Nervous about traveling with your bike?

Please click here for some useful information!

Accommodation

Coming soon!

 

Race Week Schedule

Team Canada Event Schedule Coming Soon!

General Race Information
Event Venue:

Coming Soon!

Course Information:

Coming Soon!

First Aid / Medical

All Canadian athletes must be insured by Triathlon Canada for all race related and team activities. You must purchase Triathlon Canada insurance at the time of your race fee registration.

First Aid/Medical Information Coming Soon!

Uniforms

The official 2020 Age Group team uniform and parade gear store for the 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships will open in November 2019.  If you have questions regarding your uniform please e-mail .

Please see Triathlon Canada Uniform Policy if you have questions.

  • Personal Sponsor Logos: Please ensure you consult the ITU Competition Rules for all rules pertaining to sponsor logo placement and size.
Team Management / Volunteers
Christine Cogger

Christine supported Triathlon Canada as a Team manager since the inaugural 2017 ITU Multisport World Champioships in Penticton and is excited to return for 2020. An avid athlete herself, and Race Director for IRONMAN Canada Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and great energy to the team!

Christian Milette

Christian Milette has supported Team Canada at many events, including the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Spain and the 2019 Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne. He has also represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and is no stranger to the highest level of competition as an athlete. For the last 16 years Christian has been working for Radio Canada as an Animateur-videojournaliste. We are thrilled to have Christian as part of our management team again and are lucky to have his support!

 

News

Coming soon!

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