VICTORIA—Back-to-back World Championship titles by Stefan Daniel, a bronze-medal finish at the Commonwealth Games by Joanna Brown and a stellar fourth-place finish on the World Triathlon Series by Tyler Mislawchuk highlight the top performances in 2018 by Canadian triathletes as Triathlon Canada doled out its annual Excellence Awards.
Triathlon Canada awarded seven Triathlete of the Year awards for overall, elite male and female, junior male and female, as well as awards for top elite multisport male and female athletes. The William J. Hallett Award will also make its way to Saskatchewan in 2018, recognizing outstanding contribution to the sport.
Stefan Daniel (Alberta) was named the Overall Elite Triathlete-of-the-Year for the second-straight season, thanks to successfully defending his Para-triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
“Being Overall Triathlete-of-the-Year is a huge honour. My 2018 season was a rollercoaster, and I struggled at times with motivation,” said Daniel. “Defending my world title seemed impossible midway through the year, but being able to turn my season around and win World Championships made it feel even more special than past wins. It gave me the confidence going forward that I can deal with anything, and can bounce back when racing isn’t going well.”
Joanna Brown (Ontario) and Tyler Mislawchuk (Manitoba) were named Elite Female and Male Triathletes-of- the-Year respectively.
A season that began with a historic bronze-medal finish at the Commonwealth Games secured Brown her second-straight Female Athlete-of-the-Year honour. The 26-year-old became just the fourth Canadian triathlete ever to hop onto the Commonwealth Games podium. She also added a fourth-place finish at the World Triathlon Series stop in Montreal this summer.
“I’m very proud to be named the Female Triathlete-of-the-Year. The 2018 season has been my most challenging year in the sport,” said Brown. “I can’t say that I ever found any sort of momentum this year, and every result that I was able to achieve is thanks to my coach, my family, my training partners and my support team. It is an honour to receive this award after such a grind of a season, and to be recognized even when racing didn’t go all that smoothly.”
Tyler Mislawchuk was named Top Male Triathlete-of-the-Year following a bounce back season that saw him post a career-best fourth-place finish at the World Triathlon Series in Yokohama. The 24-year-old Olympian also celebrated his first career podium on the World Cup when he was second in Antwerp, Belgium.
“I never take anything in this sport for granted and this is no different. I am honoured to be named Male Athlete of the Year. This is the furthest thing from an individual sport, and I am so grateful for my inner support circle,” said Mislawchuk.
Tate Haugan (British Columbia) and Angela Naeth (British Columbia) were named Elite Multisport Athletes- of-the-Year for 2018. Haugan was crowned Junior World Champion in cross triathlon at the Multisport World Championships Festival in Fyn, Denmark. Naeth was the top Canadian with a solid eighth place finish at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Two young Canucks also solidified their place at the top of the Triathlon Canada Nation once again in 2018. Desirae Ridenour (British Columbia) was named Junior Female Triathlete-of-the-Year, while Pavlos Antoniades (Quebec) was named Junior Male Triathlete-of-the-Year. Both athletes finished eighth at the Junior World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
Saskatchewan’s Don Gallo was the 2018 recipient of the William J. Hallett Excellence Award which recognizes outstanding commitment and significant contributions to the sport of triathlon in Canada by a long-standing contributor or volunteer.
Known as the godfather of triathlon in the province of Saskatchewan, Gallo was part of the first meeting in Penticton, B.C. that established Triathlon Canada. He has since been a driving force for the sport as a race director, volunteer director and provincial board member over the last four decades.
The William J. Hallett Excellence Award was created in 2013 to honour the outstanding efforts and time committed by Triathlon Canada’s past president, Bill Hallett, who was a founding member and the organization’s volunteer president from 1996 – 2005. A Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame member, Hallett was instrumental in taking Triathlon Canada from operating on a shoe string budget to one of the most respected non-profit sport bodies in the country.
Triathlon Canada also added all age group athletes who achieved podium performances at the World Championships, as well as those high-performance named to the World Championship Teams, to its Honourable Mentions List in 2018. Athletes include the following:
ITU World Triathlon Grand Final – Gold Coast, Australia
Standard Distance – Gold
Margie Ritchie – 60-64 Female
Standard Distance – Silver
Louise Atkinson Clark – 65-69 Female
Sprint Distance – Silver
Kate Timms – 40-44 Female
Graeme Barber 75-79 Male
High Performance Triathletes
Tyler Mislawchuk – 10th – Elite Men
Matt Sharpe – 17th – Elite Men
Joanna Brown – 18h – Elite Women
Pavlos Antoniades – 8th – Junior Men
Brock Hoel – 19th – Junior Men
Liam Donnelly – 28th – Junior Men
Desirae Ridenour – 8th – Junior Women
Hannah Henry – 12th – Junior Women
Kira Gupta-Baltazar – 30th – Junior Women
Martin Sobey – 23rd – U23 Men
Charles Paquet – 28th – U23 Men
High Performance Para-Triathlon
Stefan Daniel – 1st – PTS5 Men
Kamylle Frenette – 4th – PTS5 Women
Jessica Tuomela – 4th – PTVI Women
ITU World Multisport Festival – Fyn, Denmark
Elite Cross Triathlon – Gold
Tate Haugan – Junior Men
Elite Long Distance
Angela Naeth – 8th – Elite Women
Aquabike – Bronze
Isaac Chung – 20-24 Male
Long Distance – Gold
Jim Stewart – 65-59 Male
Long Distance – Silver
Claire Robinson – 20-24 Female
Emily Taylor – 25-29 Female
Long Distance – Bronze
Nancy Cole – 65-69 Female
Aquathlon – Bronze
Kamal Maghri – 45-49 Male
Petr Schmidt – 55-59 Male
Cross Triathlon – Bronze
Evan Girard – 25-29 Male
Standard Duathlon – Gold
Matt Straatman – 25-29 Male
Chris Schindler – 40-44 Male
Margie Ritchie – 60-64 Female
Standard Duathlon – Silver
Tara-Jay Lapstra – 45-49 Female
Carolyn Silvey – 60-64 Female
Paul Huyer – 60-64 Male
Woody Paylor – 75-79 Male
Standard Duathlon – Bronze
Xavier Girard – 20-24 Male
Sprint Duathlon – Silver
Maureen Teixeira – 75-79 Female
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