Aug 5,2014(ISN) – TORONTO — All eyes will be on a talented group of 21 Canadian athletes who will
compete in the elite, paratriathlon, under-23 and junior races while hosting the
best on the planet for the 2014 TransCanada Corp World Triathlon Grand Final in
Edmonton, August 25-31.
Led by World Triathlon Series and Commonwealth Games medallist, Kirsten Sweetland,
Triathlon Canada named two men and two women, who will compete in the Grand Final.
In addition, five athletes will hit the start line for paratriathlon races and six
in each of the under-23 and junior races as Alberta’s capital city readies itself to
welcome the world on a course that is centred at Hawrelak Park and winds itself
around Edmonton’s river valley.
Thousands of international visitors will descend in Edmonton, including more than
4,000 athletes consisting of all abilities – from rising phenoms to established
veterans, Olympic medallists to weekend warriors. The World Triathlon Grand Final
will showcase standard and sprint distance age group races, as well as an aquathlon,
under-23, junior and mixed relay world championship.
The following is a list of Canadians who will compete in high-performance races:
ITU WORLD TRIATHLON SERIES GRAND FINAL
Kirsten Sweetland (Victoria) – Sweetland has enjoyed a breakthrough season winning
her first World Triathlon Series medal when she was third in Hamburg, Germany. She
followed the performance up by becoming the third Canadian ever to podium at the
Commonwealth Games when she won the silver medal in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sarah-Anne Brault (Quebec City) – Ranked seventh on the ITU World Triathlon Series,
the 24 year old has two top-10 finishes including a fourth-place result in Yokohama,
Kyle Jones (Oakville, Ont.) – The veteran of the Canadian squad, Jones is a
29-year-old Olympian that captured both of his World Cup medals on the Edmonton
course. Jones’ top finish on the World Triathlon Series came in 2012 when he was
sixth at the Grand Final in New Zealand.
Andrew Yorke (Caledon, Ont.) – Yorke is coming off a breakthrough performance where
he was fourth at the recent Commonwealth Games. The 25 year old has enjoyed the best
season of his young career, putting down a 15th place finish on the World Triathlon
Series in Yokohama, Japan.
ITU PARATRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Chantal Denholm – PT-4 Class (Winnipeg) – a fourth-place finisher at the 2013
Paratriathlon World Championships, Denholm has two silver medals in three races this
year on the ITU CanAm Series.
Christine Robbins – PT-5 Class (Ottawa) – competing in her first full season of
elite paratriathlon racing, Robbins has racked up three silver medals in as many
starts in the women’s visually impaired category.
David Blair – PT-5 Class (Ottawa) – a rookie on Canada’s World Championships
paratriathlon squad, Blair has a silver and bronze medal in three starts this year.
Blair was a member of Canada’s Paralympic rowing squad in 2012.
Stefan Daniel – PT-4 Class (Calgary) – a bronze-medal finisher at the 2013 World
Championships, the 17-year-old Daniel has remained unbeaten in 2014 with three gold
medals in the CanAm Series.
Ryan Van Praet – PT-5 Class (Chatham, Ont.) – Van Praet will make his third
appearance at the Paratriathlon World Championships. Racing in the visually impaired
category, Van Praet has one bronze medal in 2014.
ITU UNDER-23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Joanna Brown (Carp, Ont.)
Dominika Jamnicky (Guelph, Ont.)
Amelie Kretz (Blainville, Que.)
Alexander Hinton (Kingston, Ont.)
Alexis Lepage (Quebec City)
Tyler Mislawchuk (Oak Bluff, Man)
ITU JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
*Juniors earned spots based on performance results on the 2014 National Junior Series
Elisabeth Boutin (Les Cedres, Que.)
Emy Legault, (Ile Perrot, Que.) – Canadian Junior Champion
Kirsten Vergara, (Toronto)
Jeremy Briand (Saint-Julie, Que.)
Xavier Grenier-Talavera (Vaudreuil, Que.)
Russell Pennock (Calgary) – Canadian Champion
SCHEDULE: (all times local to Edmonton)
COMPLETE SCHEDULE: http://edmonton.triathlon.org/event_info/schedule/event_schedule
Thursday, August 28
Junior Women – 8 a.m.
Junior Men – 10 a.m.
Under-23 Women – 12 noon
Under-23 Men – 3 p.m.
Friday, August 29
Junior Women Championship – 3 p.m.
Junior Men Championship – 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 30
Under-23 Men Championship – 8:45 a.m.
Elite Women Grand Final – 12 noon
Elite Paratriathlon Championship – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 31
Elite Men Championship – 12 noon
Under-23 Women Championship – 3:45 p.m.
Monday, September 1
Under-23/Junior Mixed Relay World Championship – 2 p.m.
Edmoton previously hosted the World Championships in 2001. Canada also played host
to the event in 2008 when it was held in Vancouver.