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July 25,2014(ISN) – TORONTO — Two Canadian triathlon teens will look to swim, bike and run into the
history books as the first Canadians to win a medal in the sport at the Youth
Olympic Games, August 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

Triathlon Canada officially nominated Emily Wagner and Charles Paquet to represent
Canada at the second Youth Olympic Games, which brings together more than 3,500
athletes, ages 15 to 18, who will compete in 28 sports. The Canadian duo secured
their spots on the start line with the world’s best young 32 women and 32 men for
the triathlon races after reaching the podium at the PATCO qualifying event in
Monterrey, Mexico this spring.

Calgary’s 17-year-old Wagner bronze-medal performance against a strong international
field in Monterrey earned her a trip to Nanjing. The second-year junior, and
reigning 2013 Canada Summer Games champion, will look to capitalize on her strong
swimming and running skills.

“It is an honour to be representing Canada at the Youth Olympic Games, which will be
my first international multi sporting event,” said Wagner. “I hope to race to the
best of my ability and build on my triathlon experiences. I’m looking forward to
being part of the Olympic environment and meeting other athletes from across the
world and to also embrace the Olympic spirit!”

Paquet, who hails from Port Cartier, Que., backed up a stellar silver-medal
performance during the qualifying race with three consistent top-10 finishes on
Canada’s National Junior Series. A member of Quebec’s national champion winning
mixed relay team, the 17-year-old Paquet has placed fourth, sixth and seventh in his
three races on Canada’s premiere development triathlon race series.

“I am proud and privileged to be the only male to represent Canada in my discipline
of triathlon. I see this event as the reward for all of the effort that I put in on
a daily basis,” said Paquet. “I think this will be an unforgettable experience for
me. This level of competition will allow me to compare myself to international
elites, and adjust my training plans as a result.”

Montreal’s Kyla Rollinson will serve as the team lead for Canada’s triathletes at
the Games.

The triathlon competitions, which have the women slated to compete on August 17th
followed by the men’s race on August 18th, will take place at the Xuanwu Lake
Triathlon Venue and consist of a 750-metre, open-water swim; a 20-kilometre bike;
and a five-kilometre run.

In addition to the individual races, a four-athlete mixed relay triathlon will take
place on August 21. Teams will be made up of two women and two men from each
continent. Each of the four participants in the relay will compete a 250-metre swim,
7K bike and 1.7K run before tagging a team member to begin the next segment.