The Canadian Olympic Committee and Triathlon Canada named a squad of three women and three men - combining a mixture of veterans loaded with Olympic and Commonwealth Games experience along with rookies - to Canada’s Pan American Games Team. Four of the six athletes have won medals in World Triathlon Series, World Cup, or at World Championship level races.
Olympian and five-time World Triathlon Series winner Paula Findlay, (Edmonton, AB) will lead the new-look Canadian triathlon squad that includes Ellen Pennock (Calgary, AB), and Joanna Brown (Carp, ON) in the women’s race. A World Cup silver medallist, Pennock represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games last year. Brown has won medals at both the Under-23 and Junior World Championships. Amelie Kretz (Blainville, QC) was originally selected to the Pan American Games Team, thanks to a stellar start to the 2015 season, but will not be able to race due to injury. Kretz captured her second World Cup medal earlier this year in Australia, and finished a career-best ninth on the World Triathlon Series earlier this month. She is expected to be back on the start line before the end of the season.
Two hometown boys, Kyle Jones, (Oakville, ON) and Andrew Yorke, (Caledon East, ON) will lead the men’s team. A World Cup medallist, Jones has raced in all major international triathlon competitions, while Yorke placed fourth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A 20-year-old rising star and the top performer in the men’s program this year with a career-best 10th-place finish on the World Triathlon Series, Tyler Mislawchuk (Oak Bluff, MB) will round out the Canadian squad.
The Canadian Triathlon Team will stage their final training sessions at Kingbridge Conference Centre and Institute in King City, ON, on July 5 before arriving in Toronto on July 8. Triathlon is first out of the gate at Ontario Place West Channel with the women’s race set for July 11 followed by the men on July 12.
Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with over 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “Home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.
The athletes who will represent Canada at TORONTO 2015 as members of the Canadian Triathlon Team are:
Name / Hometown
Joanna Brown / Carp, ON
Paula Findlay / Edmonton, AB
Kyle Jones / Oakville, ON
Ellen Pennock / Calgary, AB
Tyler Mislawchuk / Oak Bluff, MB
Andrew York / Caledon East, ON
Coaching and Support Staff:
Position / Name / Hometown
Team Leader / Libby Burrell / Whistler, BC
Bike Mechanic / Dave Coleman / San Francisco, CA
Mental Performance Consultant / Sharleen Hoar / Victoria, BC
Physiotherapist / Sue Lott / Victoria, BC
Team Physician / Paddy McCluskey / Victoria, BC
Massage Therapist / Marcell Meresz / Guelph, ON
Coach / Craig Taylor / Guelph, ON
Coach / Jamie Turner / Victoria, BC
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