Claire Robin­son

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Van­cou­ver- based triath­lete Claire Robin­son had a stel­lar 2016 – she fin­ished in the top two for her age- group in all of her races and claimed sec­ond place at the ITU Long Dis­tance World Cham­pi­onships.

Robin­son, 21, grew up in Toronto. She be­gan rac­ing in Kids of Steel events when she went along to triathlons to watch her fa­ther com­pete. Through high- school, Robin­son would race two or three triathlons a year, as well as play­ing field hockey, ul­ti­mate fris­bee and run­ning cross- coun­try.

It wasn’t un­til she moved to Van­cou­ver and started at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia, that Robin­son re­ally started tak­ing triathlon se­ri­ously.

“I trained all my first year and then went back home to On­tario for the sum­mer and I think I won [my age-group at] ev­ery race that I did.” says Robin­son. “I was like, ‘ I re­ally en­joy

Tyler Mis­lawchuk

Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for, then com­pet­ing in, Rio, Man­i­toba’s Mis­lawchuk, 22, fin­ished 15th at the Games and ended up 15th in the ITU world rank­ings, mak­ing him Canada’s fu­ture hope in both ITU and Olympic rac­ing. Other high­lights this year in­cluded a sev­enth-place fin­ish at the pres­ti­gious ITU WTS race in Ham­burg and two 10th-place fin­ishes at the WTS events in Abu Dhabi and Yoko­hama.

Amelie Kretz

With her 34th in Rio, Kretz sig­nalled that she’ll be one to watch over the next qua­dren­nial. High­lights for the 23-year- old from St-agathe-des-monts, Que. in­cluded a run­ner-up fin­ish at the Malmo ETU Sprint Triathlon Euro­pean Cup and an eighth at WTS Yoko­hama.

Charles Pa­quet

A silver medal at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Fi­nal nailed this ti­tle for Pa­quet, 19, but he had more than a few other top re­sults to back that up. The na­tive of Port- Cartier, Que. took the na­tional cham­pi­onship in Ot­tawa and also took the West Des Moins CAMTRI Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

De­sirae Ri­de­nour

The 17-year- old ripped up the Canadian ju­nior scene this year, tak­ing the na­tional cham­pi­onship in style and fol­low­ing that up with a big win in the ju­nior event at the Mon­treal World Cup. She fol­lowed that up with a six­th­place fin­ish in Cozumel at the ITU Grand Fi­nal. What’s re­ally fright­en­ing (for the rest of her com­pe­ti­tion) is she has two more years of ju­nior rac­ing ahead of her.

Oliver Blecher

Any­one who saw Blecher’s wire-to-wire win in Mon­treal this year would agree that the 19-year- old from Port Hope, Ont. should at least be in the dis­cus­sion when it came to Triath­lete of the Year. He fin­ished sixth at the ITU Grand Fi­nal in Cozumel.

Ste­fan Daniel

A silver medal at the in­au­gu­ral Par­a­lympic triathlon event makes this choice a no-brainer. In ad­di­tion to the medal in Rio, Daniel took the win at the ITU World Para­triathlon in Yoko­hama. Com­pet­ing as a ju­nior, Daniel man­aged a 34th place fin­ish at the West Des Moines CAMTRI ju­nior race.

Chan­tal Givens

The 38-year- old phys- ed teacher from Win­nipeg had been fo­cused on mak­ing it to Rio since 2012, achiev­ing that goal with style with her eighth-place fin­ish in Rio.

Rob Buren

See our fea­ture on Rob Buren on p. 56.

Chris­tine Rob­bins/sasha Boul­ton

Ot­tawa’s Chris­tine Rob­bins (38) and guide Sasha Boul­ton (22), a for­mer elite triath­lete who has made her own come­back from in­jury to help Rob­bins get to Rio, fin­ished 10th in Rio.

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