July 21,2014(ISN) – Glasgow, GBR – A team of six; three female and three male triathletes donning the
maple leaf for Canada as they swim, bike and run, have arrived in Glasgow today for
the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The triathlon takes place at Strathclyde Country Park
on Thursday July 24 with the men’s and women’s individual events; the team relay is
on Saturday July 26th.
Fresh off her bronze-medal breakthrough at the World Triathlon Series (WTS) in
Hamburg, Germany, Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland will lead the Canadian squad into
Glasgow. It has been a remarkable road back to the top for Sweetland, who has
battled through injuries and a lot of heartache for the past six years. Competing in
her first multi-sport Games, the 25 year old is definitely a medal threat heading
into the Commonwealth Games.
Joining Sweetland in the women’s race are Quebec City’s Sarah-Anne Brault, and
Calgary’s Ellen Pennock. Brault, who began the season with a fourth-place finish on
the WTS, placed 11th at the most recent World Triathlon Series in Hamburg. Brault,
who is ranked seventh in the world, also had a seventh-place finish in Yokohama,
Japan this year.
Ellen Pennock, the youngest competitor on the talented women’s triathlon team, won
silver at the 2013 Under 23 World Championship in London, United Kingdom.
In the men’s race 2012 Olympian Kyle Jones, of Oakville, has shown he is ready for
the international competition winning gold at Toronto’s ITU Pan American Cup on July
12; an unofficial test event for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Jones chalked up his best
result of the season in London, U.K., where he was 15th at the World Triathlon
Victoria’s Matthew Sharpe, and Andrew Yorke of Caledon, Ont., will join Jones in
Glasgow. The later, Yorke placed 25th this season at the World Triathlon Series in
Chicago. He also posted a career-best 15th place finish earlier this year at the
World Triathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan.
Sharpe, who was battling through injuries at the start of the season, was 15th in
the Triathlon Premium European Race in Holten, Netherlands earlier in July. The
men’s team strategy will see Sharpe, a strong swimmer and cyclist, play a domestic
role for Jones and Yorke.