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Triathlon Ontario Offers its Popular, Limited Time $10 Off-Season Membership

– Available during the month of October –

September 28, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced today it is bringing back its $10 off-season membership, starting October 1 through October 31st.

The membership, popular with clubs as a tool to drive winter programming, will be similar to regular membership which is valid until March 31, 2017. Some of the benefits of purchasing an off-season membership include a subscription to Triathlon Magazine Canada for the remaining membership period, liability and sport accident insurance for club training activities, ability to purchase the 24-7 world wide individual insurance (good until Dec. 31) and access to member discounts on various Triathlon Ontario programming.

The membership option will be live on October 1st on our website or through any sanctioned club.

As in the past, anyone wanting to sign up for an early bird registration for a sanctioned 2017 race and take advantage of the one day fee discount, must purchase a new 2017 membership prior to registering for the race.

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 www.TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Triathlon Ontario Publishes Drafting Skills Development Manual

– Manual designed to help coaches and clubs understand and develop basic skills required in draft legal races –

September 23, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, today published “Triathlon Ontario Drafting Certification Manual Level One“, a manual designed to help coaches and clubs understand and develop the basic skills required in draft legal events.

The manual is intended to assist and encourage clubs and coaches to include teaching drafting skills within their programs. Level One focuses on drills and exercises that improve athletes awareness of balance, control and braking. Triathlon Ontario believes it is important to enhance club’s and coaches’ understanding of the core competencies that drafting entails as draft legal racing becomes more prevalent and draft legal race opportunities continue to increase.
Triathlon Ontario encourages all clubs to use this complimentary resource to incorporate into its training environment.

The manual and its content is designed to prepare Youth, Junior and Elite level athletes for draft legal certification testing. The manual is also ideal for Age Group athletes wanting to learn proper draft legal skill sets even though no certification is required to compete in Age Group draft legal races.

Triathlon Ontario is committed to being a leader across Canada in developing athletes, coaches and clubs. As part of its ongoing commitment to professional development Triathlon Ontario will be offering additional online tools to support coach development such as a more advanced, Level 2 Drafting Manual.

Certification Process for Youth, Juniors and Elites
As a result of the increase in the popularity and growth of draft legal races and the increase in the number of athletes moving into draft legal events, certifications for new athletes will be done solely through Triathlon Ontario moving forward. This change in policy is meant to ensure consistency of skill sets and safety of the athletes in races. Coaches and clubs are encouraged to prepare athletes for the certification process through specialty clinics, club training and drafting camps, however, the testing and certifications will be conducted through Triathlon Ontario.

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 www.TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Vanderlinden and Tomenson Take Long Course Provincial Titles

– 367 athletes take part in Long Course Series –

September 21, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced the winners of the 2016 Long Course Provincial Championship and Long Course Series.

On Sunday morning the Sketchers Performance Niagara Falls Barrelman was host once again of the Long Course Provincial Championship and finale to the Triathlon Ontario Long Course Provincial Series.

Provincial Championships
Alex Vanderlinden headed into the run with just a 10 second lead over second place but put in a solid effort on the run to expand his lead and win the Provincial title by nearly two minutes.

Miranda Tomenson used the day’s fastest bike split to position herself to take the Provincial title. Tomenson was second across the line but was the first Triathlon Ontario member, solidifying her win.

Congrats to Alex and Miranda!

Long Course Provincial Series
2016 was the second year of the Long Course Series and despite losing an event from last year, participation was still strong at 367 Triathlon Ontario members earning points in the competition. Points were awarded for top 20 finishes in age groups, with the best two of four results counting.

Age Group Women
Kristen King built up a strong enough lead after the first three events of the Series to have enough to hold on to win the Series with 688 points. Mellen Gorman gave it everything she had in the final event to challenge for the win but just came up a little short, finishing with 653 points.

Masters Women
Jennifer Knowles used a couple of first place finishes in the first two events to ensure a Series victory with 731 points over defending champion Lia Kutzscher, who finished in a close second with 696 points.

Age Group Men
In our tightest race, Dany Malley edged out Peter Newhook by a mere 6 points to take his first Series win with 731 points to Peter’s 725 points.

Masters Men
Luke Ehgoetz used the extra points at Muskoka and the finale in Niagara to his advantage as that was the difference maker over second place Joe Gati. Ehgoetz finished with 769 points and Gati finished with 650 points.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all those that participated and helped make the Series another great success.

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 www.TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Canada Games Track Certification

September 20, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced today registration is open for Indoor Track “A” and “B” certification. This certification course is for those Junior athletes aged 16-19 as of December 31, 2017 and are interested in attempting to qualify for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Triathlon Ontario will be running a series of clinics, training sessions and testing days as part of its selection criteria for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The training sessions may include workouts at the Milton Velodrome and therefore, athletes must be track A and B certified in order to take part.

Registration can be found HERE.

The certification will take part on October 2, 2016 from 3-5:30 pm. The fees include cost of track rental, track bike rental and cost of private certification. All participants must also create an online profile with the Town of Milton separately BEFORE the date of certification. Please do not sign up for anything or make any further payments on the Milton website.

Each certification course is limited. If demand warrants another course, another one will be scheduled. Participation in the October certification is NOT mandatory in order to be considered for the Canada Summer Games team, this is an opportunity to expand cycling skills and experience.

Triathlon Ontario is currently developing and finalizing the 2017 Canada Games Selection Criteria and will publish it when it is complete.

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 www.TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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LC Provincials and LC Series Finale This Sunday at Niagara Barrelman

– Extra points up for grabs in Series finale –

September 14, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, wraps up 2016 season of Provincial level competitions this weekend in the Niagara Region as the Sketchers Performance Niagara Barrelman hosts the Long Course Provincial Championships and the final stop on the Triathlon Ontario Long Course Series.

The 2016 edition of the Niagara Barrelman is the fourth and final stop in the LC Series. As a result of also hosting Provincial Championships, points earned in the Series at Niagara are worth 1.25x the regular amount.

In the Women’s Age Group Division Kristen King (688 points) leads the way over second place Erica Govan (530 points). In the Men’s Age Group Division Dany Malley (650 points) has a slim lead over Michael Casista (615 points).

Moving to the Master’s Division, Jennifer Knowles (731 points) has a comfortable lead over Erica Mantay (628 points), while Luke Ehgoetz (688 points) leads second place Joe Gati (650 points).

This is a best two of four results competition. With the final race being an extra points race, what will happen?! Hope you are all as intrigued as we are heading into the race weekend.

Interested in competing in the Series? All you need to do is be a current member and finish in the top 20 in your age group to score points. Good luck to all this 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 www.TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Peterborough Pirates Earn Historic Win at Youth Club Championships

Linde-Elmhurst, Young, Mastroianni & Jones Youth Cup Champs

– Growing number of youth clubs make inaugural event a success –

September 12, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced the winners of the inaugural Youth Club Championships and 2016 Youth Cup Series held at the Recharge with Milk MultiSport Canada Lakeside KOS event on this past Saturday.

Both 12-13 and 14-15 year old divisions raced in the final Youth Cup stop as well as to earn points towards their club’s efforts to win the first ever Championship.

Growing Youth and Junior Participation
In 2013 Triathlon Ontario began increasing its efforts and investment youth and junior development. It believed and continues to strongly believe that a healthy youth and junior infrastructure is essential for long term growth and sustainability of the sport. It developed a Provincial Development Program, with one cornerstone of the Program being the establishment of a competitive race series for youth, junior and U23 athletes within the province.

In 2013 the Youth Cup Series was created with a four race non-drafting 14-15 year old Division. In 2014, draft legal races were added and participation grew by 50%. As well, a 12-13 year old Division was added. By 2015 the 14-15 Division had more draft legal races and participation grew an additional 10% in the 14-15 Division and 25% in the 12-13 Division. Additionally, 2015 marked the inaugural draft legal Junior Cup Series and draft legal Elite/U23 Cup Series. This provided young athletes a place to develop their skill sets locally in a competitive environment.

In 2016, Ontario saw the Youth Cup begin to bear fruit by way of increasing numbers transitioning into the junior ranks. Participation in the Junior Cup Series grew by 58% year over year. At National Championships in Ottawa this summer, both male and female junior races shattered registration numbers in Canada, with the men’s race selling out for the first time in history.

Triathlon Ontario is pleased to see youth infrastructure continue to grow with the increasing number of youth clubs and adult clubs that are offering youth programming. It is because of this dramatic increase over the past three years that Triathlon Ontario believed it was possible to create a formal Youth Club Championship.

Youth Club Championships
The youth Crystal Cup, a leaner, sleeker version of its older sibling, was up for grabs for the first time in history at the Lakeside KOS.

The Peterborough Pirates Triathlon Club earned a convincing 500 point victory over its nearest rivals, Sudbury Triple Threat and the Fighting Koalas who finished second and third respectively.

Congratulations to all the clubs and athletes that participated to make the event such a success.

Full results will be published on the Youth Club Championship page shortly.

Youth Cup Series

12-13 Division
Nadiya Linde-Elmhirst made it a perfect four for four with the maximum 100 points by securing her victory on the final day. Genevieve Sasseville‘s third place was good enough to lock in second place with 82 points over third place Mackenzie Garside.

Jacob Chant won Saturday’s race but it wasn’t enough to catch idle Ian Young who locked up the Series previously with 95 points. Chant finished a close second with 90 points and Roman Mironov, who finished second at Lakeside, edged out Alex Lambert by one point for third place in the Series at 75 points.

14-15 Division
Isabella Mastroianni‘s weekend victory gave her the Series win with 74 points. Emma Young‘s previous results were good enough to hold on to second place at 64 points. Amber Patten and Tara Black finished second and third respectively on race day, which put them in a tie for third place in the Series with 60 points each.

Tristen Jones made history by becoming the fist ever back-to-back Youth Cup Champion. Jones secured a maximum 80 points from three of four events with his victory at Lakeside. Mathew Cottom finished second in the race, good enough for second place with 68 points. Sasha Menegotto and Jack Rath finished for a tie for third place overall with 61 points each.

Please see our website for the final Series standings.

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 www.TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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Youth Cup and Youth Club Championships to be Decided on Saturday at MSC Lakeside

– First ever Youth Club Championships –

September 8, 2016 – As the season nears to a close there are still some important races left on the schedule. Saturday afternoon Triathlon Ontario’s Youth Cup and inaugural Youth Club Championship will be decided at the Recharge with Milk MultiSport Canada Lakeside KOS event. Both 12-13 and 14-15 year old divisions will race to see who will get their names on the trophy.

2016 marks the first year that Triathlon Ontario has held a Youth Club Championship. Club members in the two age divisions will race to earn points that count towards their club’s total.

Four champions will be crowned in the Youth Cup Series on Saturday. Three of four divisions will come down to the final race. Best of luck to all competitors!

For the latest Series standing updates, please see our website.

Who will be the first to have their club etched on the new crystal cup trophy?

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 www.TriathlonOntario.com for the latest triathlon news, events, camps, and clinics.

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New Youth and Adult NCCP Coaching Courses Announced

– Become a coach or enhance your knowledge with either of these great courses –

August 31, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced the opening of registration for a new NCCP Youth Development coaching course in Milton on September 24th & 25th and a new NCCP Adult Community Level coaching course on October 29th & 30th in London.

If you have an interest in becoming a coach, learning more about our sport or a self-coached athlete, be sure to check out our revamped courses. Both courses are now as much practical as they are theory which means coaches are actively engaged in learning over the two days.

Youth Course
This course provides youth focused coaching concepts, youth specific coaching information, and the principles of triathlon training for youth in an inspiring, comfortable, discussion encouraged environment. Coaches will learn drills, games and other fun techniques to use to teach their athletes some of the fundamentals. There is an active component where coaches will work alongside local youth athletes in various activities.

Register today!

Adult Course
This course is tailored for adult triathletes and coaches of age group athletes for both short course and long course. The course includes three primary areas, a) safety, ethics, and liability, b) technical introduction to all three sports, and c) program planning. This workshop provides an excellent springboard for both athletes and coaches to gain information discuss principles of triathlon training for adults, and network with other participants in the sport.

Register today!

As part of both courses, registration packages will include a pair of Vorgee Missile goggles and a Triathlon Ontario silicon swim cap.

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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Draft Legal Provincial Champions Crowned

– Elite/U23 & Junior Cup Series wraps up in fine fashion –

August 30, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced the results of its signature race, the Draft Legal Provincial Championships, held this past Saturday. New venue and Age Group Draft Legal wave a hit with both spectators and athletes

This past Saturday Triathlon Ontario hosted its annual Draft Legal Provincial Championships. The event has traditionally been held in Ottawa for the past five years and had been an important race for Elite/U23, Junior and U15 athletes. Triathlon Ontario moved the event to the Welland International Flatwater Centre, a Pan Am Games legacy facility, which provided a more spectator friendly and exciting race course.

Another major change to the event for this year was the addition of an open (no five year age categories) Age Group draft legal wave for both men and women. With the recent changes to World Championships, Nationals and National Qualifying events, where Age Group sprint races are now draft legal, Triathlon Ontario believes draft legal racing for Age Groupers will potentially be a major opportunity for growth in the sport.

Age Group Race Recap
The weather was perfect and the water was warm Saturday morning when the first ever Age Group Draft Legal Provincial Championship race got under way. It was a non-wetsuit swim and the faster swimmers took advantage. A pack of three came out of the water together that consisted of Brad Digweed, Triathlon Ontario President Mike Greenberg and Non-Drafting Sprint Provincial Champion Stevie Blankenship. The bike leg consisted of multiple packs with athletes working together to chase the lead pack. Heading out on the run the top seven men were all within 35 seconds of each other, setting up a 5 km sprint to glory. Nathan Nicholls put the hammer down with the fastest run split to make history and become the first ever, Age Group Draft Legal Provincial Champion by a minute. Followed in second was Blankenship and just 10 seconds later was Fighting Koalas head coach, Mat Reid.

Sarah Hopkins was first out to the water in the women’s race with a 15 second gap on Kara Moddemann. The women came out of the water with multiple gaps so they would need to work hard to catch up and work together on the bike. Moddemann and Kirsty Andrews put in the fastest bike splits that set them up nicely for a lead on the run. Moddemann was able to hold off Andrews and take the win by about 45 seconds. Hopkins came into the finishing chute in third place.

Elite/U23 Recap
Myles Zagar lead out of the water and was able to hold off a hard charging Taylor Forbes on the run to win the Provincial title. Jackson Laundry used a strong bike leg to position himself into a third place finish. This was also the final race in the Cup Series and second place for Forbes solidified his Series win and $500. Laundry’s result put him in second place in the Series ($300), just one point ahead of our adopted Maritimer, Reid Burrows ($200).

Dominka Jamnicky added another provincial title to her awards cabinet by leading wire to wire again. First year U23 athlete Danae Morris took second place while Samantha Klus grabbed third. There was a race within a race for the Series win. Morris’ result was good enough to take the Cup Series and the first place cash prize while Abby Miller finished second and Jamnicky earned third place.

Junior Recap
North American Champ Oliver Blecher and his American training partner Seth Rider opened up a lead on the field out of the water and never looked back. Blecher took the Provincial title, Rider finished second and Jacob Jamnicky ran into himself into third place on the day. In the Junior Cup Series, Dylan Pust edged out Liam Donnelly by six points for first place and got to spare the crowd with the champagne (non-alcoholic of course for the juniors).

Elise Bolger, one of the best junior swim legs in the country, lead out of the water and was strong enough on the bike and the run to take the Provincial title. Madeleine Kennedy, and Cate Skain followed in second and third respectively. In the Series it was Kennedy besting Bolger by just one point, while Skain took third place.

U15 Recap
This year’s race had the largest U15 field in Provincials history, a good sign for the health of the sport’s future. Tristen Jones and Sasha Menegotto lead out of the water. A fast run split sealed the win for Jones and a second place for visiting Quebec athlete Jean-Marc Granderson. Menegotto finished third on the day.

Isabella Mastroianni came out of the water first followed closely by Teagan Shapansky and Emma Young. The lead pack came off the bike together and it was Shapansky running away with the win followed by Young and then Mastroianni.

This was the third of four stops on the Youth Cup Series for 14-15 year old division. The final stop will be at the MultiSport Canada Lakeside KOS, also serving as the inaugural Youth Club Championship.

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 Partners with The Tandem Project to Offer Sighted Guide Training Clinic

August 24, 2016Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced a partnership with The Tandem Project to offer a sighted guide training clinic on September 24th in Milton, Ontario.

The partnership was formed to offer an introductory clinic in the GTA after receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback on The Tandem Project’s recently produced Paratriathlon Guide Manual. The clinic will teach the basic principles of how to become an effective guide for an athlete living with vision loss.

Becoming a sighted guide truly gives new meaning to blind trust. Triathlon is usually an individual sport, but, for guided athletes, it’s a two person team sport; a partnership of one brain, two bodies. It is a bond between you and your athlete.

Guiding a Blind or Visually Impaired (“BVI”) athlete in a big event can give you a different kind of high, one that you will take with you and remember long after you have removed the swim cap, parked the bike, and hung up the running shoes.

Space is limited to 30 registrants so sign up today to take part!

For additional information or questions, please contact contact Jan Ditchfield, Executive Director of The Tandem Project at [email protected]. Full day’s schedule on teh registration form.

Register Here

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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