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Non-drafting Short Course Provincial Champs Crowned and Cup Series Athletes Put on a Show at TTF

July 24, 2017Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, crowed four new Provincial Champions this weekend at the Toronto Triathlon Festival. The event was also the host of the second of three stops on both the Elite/U23 and Junior Cup Series.

“Rush Hour Redefined” aka the TTF, lived up to its billing as one of the top races in Ontario on Sunday. In addition to hosting both Sprint and Standard distance Provincial Championships and the Cup Series, the TTF also offered a sprint draft legal race for Age Groupers. As more Age Groupers get the opportunity to try draft legal racing, more and more are loving it. The next opportunity to for Age Groupers to race draft legal will be the August 12th Draft Legal Provincial Championships in Welland.

The 2017 Provincial Champions are as follows:
Standard Triathlon – Chris Van De Water and Kelley Tessier
Non-drafting Sprint Triathlon – Lee Rantala and Sayaka Tiessen
Congratulations!

Cup Series
?One of the most exciting races on Sunday was the Elite/U23 men’s race. Myles Zagar came out of the 750m swim with a sizable advantage but was caught on the bike by a four man chase pack that included Michael Lori, Taylor Forbes, Mathew Wright (Barbados) and Patrick Smith. The five man pack came into T2 together and then it was foot race for the win. Lori and Forbes broke away and ran side by side right until the finish line where Lori edged current training partner Forbes, in a photo finish.

In the Junior division, racing with the Elites/U23, a pack formed about 30 seconds back from the lead. Once on the run, Liam Donnelly was able to put some space between himself and fellow juniors Antoine Poirier (Quebec) Justin De Jong to take the win.

In the women’s race there was a three women pack heading out of T1 that included Samantha Klus, Elise Bolger and junior Cassandra Dalbec. Once off the bike Klus put down the fastest run split among the women to take the win. Danae Morris used the fastest bike split and a strong run to claim second on the day while Maddy Kennedy rounded out the podium in the Elite/U23 division.

Dalbec demonstrated that she is heading into next week’s Canada Summer Games in fine form by claiming the junior division win on Sunday. Rounding out the junior women’s podium was CSG teammate Ella Kubas in second and Ottawa’s Kaitlyn Jones in third.

Full Elite/U23 standings can be found here.
Full Junior standings can be found here.

The two Series move to their final stop on August 12th in Welland at Provincial Championships where additional points will be up for grabs. With all of the outcomes still in the air, it will make for an exciting morning of racing indeed.

?About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit Triathlon Ontario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Youth Cup Standings After Two Races

– Bergman, Mackenzie, Mastroianni & Chant all Series leaders –

?July 18, 2017Triathlon Ontario’s second stop in the five-race Youth Cup Series was this past Sunday’s Stittsville KOS. The 14-15 age division got a chance to experience a new format, the grand prix. The race also served as an Ontario Summer Games qualifier, with three spots available for next year’s Games in London.

The grand prix format consisted of three short and fast races, points were awarded by finishing position and after three races, the one with the lowest point total was the winner. The 12-13 age division raced in a traditional youth triathlon format.

In the girl’s 12-13 age group, Astrid Bergman took the win and held her spot on top of the Series standings, while on the boy’s side, Ian Mackenzie made it back-to-back victories to earn maximum Series points so far.

In the 14-15 age group, Sudbury’s Isabella Mastroianni finished first in all three heats to earn the lowest point total and claim victory, giving her a nine point Series lead after two events. In the boy’s race, Jacob Chant followed up last month’s second place in Ottawa with a victory to take the Series lead by eight points.

The Youth Cup moves to Canada’s most southernly race, the Tecumseh Triathlon on July 30th. Check our website for complete Series standings and OSG qualifications so far.

The grand prix format is fast and fun and helps develop speed, tactics and recovery. Both nationally and provincially, development programs are putting a greater emphasis on short and fast racing. The super sprint distance is usually the same distance as the relay distance and is becoming a growing importance in the high performance pathway in triathlon. For example, the relay is now an Olympic discipline and is a staple in the Commonwealth Games, super sprint/qualification heats were used in the 2017 National Championships, relays make up 3/5ths of the Canada Summer Games format and mixed relay became an official medal discipline in last year’s Ontario Summer Games.

?About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit Triathlon Ontario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Youth Cup Moves to Most Unique Stop on the Circuit, Stittsville Grand Prix

– 3 OSG qualifying spots up for grabs –

?July 11, 2017Triathlon Ontario’s next stop in the five-race Youth Cup Series is this weekend’s Stittsville KOS. For the 14-15 age group, this is the most unique and possibly the most exciting, racing format on the Cup Series this year.
The 12-13 age group will race in a traditional youth triathlon format. The 14-15 age group, however, will race in three heats throughout the day, tallying points for finishing position in each heat. The one with the most points at the end of the day will win. The distance of the heats consist of a 200m swim, 6 km draft legal bike, 1 km run.

Three qualification spots for next year’s Ontario Summer Games will also be available for the top three male and female 14-15 year olds that have not previously qualified.

The grand prix format is fast and fun and helps develop speed, tactics and recovery. Both nationally and provincially, development programs are putting a greater emphasis on short and fast racing. The super sprint distance is usually the same distance as the relay distance and is becoming a growing importance in the high performance pathway in triathlon. For example, the relay is now an Olympic discipline and is a staple in the Commonwealth Games, super sprint/qualification heats were used in the 2017 National Championships, relays make up 3/5ths of the Canada Summer Games format and mixed relay became an official medal discipline in last year’s Ontario Summer Games.

Good luck to all!

?About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Triathlon Ontario Announces Canada Summer Games Team

June 26, 2017Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced its team and alternate selections to represent Ontario at this year’s Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg July 28-August 6th.   The Canada Summer Games consist of five races for junior athletes (16-19), an individual male and female sprint race, a four-person mixed relay (recently added to the Olympics) and a female and male relay – relays are super sprint distances.

Congratulations to the following athletes for their selection:

Female
Ella Kubas – Tornado Triathlon
Cassandra Dalbec – C3
Allison Gibb – LPC Triathlon Club
Teagan Shapansky (Alternate)
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Male
Liam Donnelly
Justin De Jong – Fighting Koalas
Tristen Jones – C3
Nicholas Lambert – Sudbury Triple Threat (Alternate)

Triathlon Ontario’s Selection Committee primary objective was to built a team that could compete for as many podiums as possible based on its talent pool versus the other provinces. The Selection Committee used a combination of testing and performance results to determine which athletes could best position Ontario to succeed in its strategic objectives.

?About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit Triathlon Ontario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Triathlon Ontario's Third Edition of its Long Course Series Begins This Weekend in Welland

– Score points by being top 20 in age group -?
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June 22, 2017Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, starts off its popular Long Course Series this weekend at host venue MultiSport Canada’s Rose City Long Course Triathlon in Welland on Sunday.
The water temperature in the canal was measured on Tuesday as 18.2 Celsius, which means a wetsuit optional swim.

Go to the MSC website to find all kinds of good information about the Welland event.

The Long Course Series rules are simple, race as many of the four series races as you like but only the best two results will count. You need to be a current Triathlon Ontario member and you will score points based on your finishing position within your gender age group.

There are two divisions, Age Group (under 40 as of Dec. 31) and Masters (40 and over as of Dec. 31). Winners get immortalized on the Long Course trophy and get recognized with their own award at the season ending annual awards celebration.

All you need to do is sign up, race (have fun) and we will do the rest!

About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit Triathlon Ontario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Action Packed Weekend Sees Ontario's Joanna Brown Defend Her National Title

– Groundbreaking new format provides non-stop action throughout weekend -?
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June 20, 2017 – This past weekend, the Ottawa International Triathlon played host to Triathlon Canada’s National Championships as well as Triathlon Ontario’s Cup Series. This was the first time in nearly 30 years, that all of the country’s top ranked Elites competed at Canada’s National Championship.

Elite Race
This weekend’s Elite race signaled a new era for the National Championship. Elites, U23 and Juniors all raced together on Saturday in super sprint heats in an effort to qualify for Sunday’s finals.

Ontario’s Joanna Brown edged out Paula Findlay, successfully defending her National title, while Guelph’s Dominika Jamnicky rounded out the podium to take third.

Congrats to both Ella Kubas and Teagan Shapansky, two young up and coming Ontario juniors, for qualifying for the A finals.

In the women’s B finals, Ontario had two U23 women reach the podium, Danae Morris and Meagan Adams, second and third respectively.

Additional Ontario Results
Congratulations to the following Ontario athletes for their overall podium results.

Standard Distance – Billy Bostad – 3rd

Sprint Distance – Nathan Nichols – 1st
Andrew Taylor – 3rd
Meghan Lamers – 2nd
Kate Timms – 3rd

Aquathlon – Aron Mohammadi – 1st
Malcom Good – 2nd
Filippo Porco – 3rd
Molly Green – 1st
Emily Alexander – 2nd

Cup Series
This weekend was the first stop in Triathlon Ontario’s Cup Series for Elite/U23, Junior and both Youth Cups (12-13, 14-15). Due to the unique format for Elite/U23 and Juniors, series standings were determined by using the times in the qualifying heats against fellow Ontario athletes. Results can be found on the website Elite/U23 Cup and Junior Cup.

The 14-15 Youth Cup was also a 2018 Ontario Summer Games qualifier. Five spots were available for both male and female Ontario athletes Results for both the 12-13 and 14-15 Youth Cup divisions can be found on the website Youth Cup. A list of qualified Ontario Summer Games athletes can also be found on the website Ontario Summer Games.

Thank you to all of the organizers, volunteers, officials and athletes for a memorable weekend!

About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit Triathlon Ontario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Triathlon Ontario Launches New Beginner Friendly "GoTri.ca" Resource Website

– Site to be a welcoming first point of contact resource tool for new entrants interested in the sport -?
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June 14, 2017 – Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced that it has launched a new website www.GoTri.ca and a new Twitter handle @GoTriOntario.   The new site and social media feed offers a clean, easy to use source of basic Multisport information specifically targeting beginners. The site provides locations of appropriate entry level sanctioned Ontario events based on specific search parameters.

The new site also offers a sleek club and coaching directory, training tips from coaches and introductory information about the sport and equipment needed.

This initiative is just one of many that Triathlon Ontario is undertaking to help encourage grass roots level participation and increase growth in the sport. By helping to promote and access its Ontario sanctioned races, clubs and coaches, Triathlon Ontario believes it can reduce the perceived barriers of entry and expose Multisport to a wider audience.

If someone you know is interested in our sport, just tell them to GoTri.ca!

The new site does not replace www.triathlonontario.com, the regular site is still an important resource tool for those involved in Multisport.

About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit Triathlon Ontario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Triathlon Ontario's Intro to Visually Impaired Athlete & Guide Education Clinic

– Ideal for any visually impaired athlete interested in the sport or sighted athletes interested in becoming a guide –
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June 8, 2017Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced that it has partnered with a number of organizations to offer a free introductory clinic for visually impaired athletes and sighted guides on June 24th in Ottawa at Mooney’s Bay.

Spots are limited to 10 athletes and 15 guides. This introductory clinic is ideal for any visually impaired athlete interested in the sport of triathlon or any sighted athlete interested in learning what is involved with becoming a guide.

Register Here

The day’s schedule will consist of:

8 – 8:30 am Registration and Check In
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome & Introduction
8:45 – 9:15 am Sighted guide training
9:15 – 9:45 am Get ready for swim sessions
9:45 – 10:45 am Swim Sessions
10:45 – 11:00 am Transition to next activity
11 – 12:00 am Bike sessions
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch, and Question/Answer session
1 – 2:00 pm Run & Transitions

Triathlon Ontario would like to thank Fitness Dynamics, OBSA, Achilles Canada, The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation and the National Capital Aquatics Club for their contributions to making the clinic possible.

About Triathlon Ontario
Triathlon Ontario is a non-profit organization that is the recognized Provincial Governing Body for Multisport in the province of Ontario. Our mission is to provide leadership and governance for the development of a safe and fair environment for Multisport in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario oversees the sanctioning of races and clubs and undertakes a number of duties and responsibilities on behalf of athletes at every level, coaches, clubs, officials and race directors to ensure the growth and development of the sport in a fun and safe way. Visit Triathlon Ontario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Online Store Opens for Limited Time, Selling Unique Ontario "Yours to Discover" Trisuits and Cycling Kits

– Represent your province with pride at your next race or training ride –

April 19, 2016 – Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced the opening of a temporary online store to sell its unique line of customized “Yours to Discover” trisuits and cycling clothing. The store is live and will close April 28th at midnight.

Champion Systems, the official Team uniform supplier, has created ITU compliant trisuits including one piece and two piece suits, as well as a female swim suit option. All trisuits come with the last name customization. The cycling products consist of a top, matching bib shorts and a matching fleece.

The racing suits are ideal for any athlete whether in need of an ITU approved suit, wanting to represent Ontario or just want to look good while putting out a PB! The cycling kit is another opportunity to show your provincial pride while on the bike.

To shop please click here

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Improve Your Swim and Draft Legal Cycling Technique With Our Age Group Swim/Bike Clinic

– Opportunity to work with Olympic level coach & World Champion cyclist –

April 13, 2017Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, has once again partnered with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) to offer a new, world class swim and bike clinic specifically designed for Age Groupers on May 13th.

This clinic offers the rare opportunity to experience the multi-million dollar Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre while working with a CSIO Olympic level swim coach and a former World Champion road cyclist.
There are now three draft legal racing opportunities in Ontario for Age Groupers, Ottawa International Triathlon (Nationals), Toronto Triathlon Festival, & Draft Legal Provincial Championships. Triathlon Ontario is beginning to offer Age Groupers opportunities to develop their drafting skills sets to they can participate and enjoy this exciting style of racing.

The day will include a classroom discussion on draft legal cycling, tips and training strategies followed by a two hour pool session, working on stroke technique and training, and then a fully supported 40-60km group road ride led by Bruce Bird, 2014 World Champion road cyclist.

REGISTER – Clinic has been cancelled

Member Price: $135
Non-Member Price: $145

As both a safety precaution and to be consistent with Age Group draft legal equipment rules, only road bikes will be permitted. No “tri bikes” or “TT bikes” allowed. If an athlete has aero bars on a road bike they must be removed prior to departing for the group ride.

As part of the registration package athletes will receive complimentary Infinit Nutrition Jet Fuel throughout the day, a Triathlon Ontario silicon swim cap and water bottle.