A dynamic group of six triathletes, including Oakville’s Kyle Jones, are focused on leading the Canadian trail to the podium when they step onto the starting pontoon for the opening two days of competition at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games, July 10-26.
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 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.
Jones 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.
“I’m honoured and excited to get the chance to represent Canada at the Pan AM Games,” said Jones. “Wearing the Maple Leaf is something I have always dreamed about and I couldn’t be happier. It’s also a thrill to be joining a team of fellow Canadian triathletes that are good friends. This will be another great opportunity to show all the hard work I have put in this season.”
The Canadian Triathlon Team will stage its 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.