Aug 26,2014(ISN) – EDMONTON—Two of Canada’s legendary triathletes, Simon Whitfield and Lisa Bentley,
will officially enter Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame during a brief ceremony on
Thursday,August 28, in Edmonton.
The two icons of Canadian triathlon, who are in the City of Champions for the 2014
TransCanada Corp World Triathlon Grand Final, will participate in the induction
for 4 p.m. in the Alberta Ball Room at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel.
The face of triathlon in Canada since his historic gold medal at the 2000 Olympic
Summer Games, Whitfield is recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious Olympians
around the world. A trailblazer for the sport in Canada, the two-time Olympic
medallist who was the nation’s flag bearer at his fourth Olympics in 2012, Whitfield
was a role model to thousands of athletes around the world.
Equally inspiring, Bentley is a true leader both on and off the race course.
Battling through a mild strain of Cystic Fibrosis, Bentley excelled in all race
disciplines, and has won 11 Ironman competitions in addition to finishing third at
the Ironman World Championships in 2006. Whitfield has accomplished nearly
everything on the table in the sport. In addition to his two Olympic medals (gold in
2000, and silver in 2008), the Victoria resident won a gold medal at the 2002
Commonwealth Games, captured 14 World Cup victories and 12 Canadian Championship
Bentley, of Etobicoke, Ont., left her professional career as a high school math
teacher in Ontario to focus solely on competing in Ironman. After being diagnosed
with CF, she was determined not to let the disease rule her life. A winner of three
Ironman Canada titles, and member of multiple national teams, Bentley is a natural
leader whose infectious enthusiasm has inspired a legion of fans globally.
“The names Simon Whitfield and Lisa Bentley are synonymous with the sport of
triathlon in Canada,” said Luc Landriault, president, Triathlon Canada. “Both of
these exceptional Canadians have done some heavy lifting to ensure our sport’s
credibility in Canada over the last two decades, which in turn has sparked the
tremendous growth of triathlon and Ironman’s for all ages across the country. It is
a true honour to welcome them into Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame.”
WHO: Simon Whitfield and Lisa Bentley
Triathlon Canada Officials
WHEN: August 28, 2014
WHERE:Alberta Ball Room at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel.