TMC Age Group Stan­dard Dis­tance Triath­lete of the Year

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Front Page -

Kirstie Kni­aziew

Leam­ing­ton, Ont.’s Kirstie Kni­aziew earns our age-group triath­lete of the year award for the sec­ond year in a row, as a now two-time win­ner ITU world cham­pion in the 40 to 44 age-group. The for­mer pro triath­lete and mother of three raced in the Olympic dis­tance race at the Cozumel Grand Fi­nal last Septem­ber, where she over­came ex­tremely hot con­di­tions to fin­ish in a re­mark­able 2:06:57, five min­utes be­fore the run­ner-up. On top of that im­pres­sive fin­ish this year, Kni­aziew also won her age-group and was 20th over­all at the Canadian short course na­tional cham­pi­onships hosted in Ot­tawa. Kni­aziew is no stranger to the top of the podium at the world cham­pi­onships – she won the bronze medal at the ju­nior world cham­pi­onship in 1992 in Muskoka. She was the silver medal­list at the Pan Am Games in Ar­gentina in 1995, too.

Steve Beasley

Steve Beasley earns our Duath­lete of the Year award for his over­all im­pres­sive per­for­mances across the run-bike-run dis­ci­pline in 2016. Beasley, who com­petes in the 60– 64 age- group, won his age- group at this year’s ITU Duathlon World Cham­pi­onship in Aviles, Spain. He also strung to­gether some im­pres­sive per­for­mances lo­cally: he won his age- group at Mul­ti­sport Canada’s Graven­hurst and Brace­bridge races, where he also placed top 10 over­all and landed on the over­all podium at the Goderich duathlon as well.

Beasley, who has been an avid run­ner for years, grew up in south­ern On­tario and cur­rently re­sides in Goderich, Ont. He played hockey as a young child and started us­ing run­ning as a way to cross train be­cause he wasn’t fast enough to ex­cel at run­ning as a sport on its own. Soon, he de­vel­oped a love for it and has com­peted in the Boston Marathon sev­eral times.

He added cy­cling to his train­ing in 2013 when he suf­fered a run­ning-re­lated in­jury and was look­ing to cross-train with some­thing less im­pact­ful. He signed up for a lo­cal duathlon, raced it and won and found him­self hooked on the sport.

Next year, he’s look­ing ahead to try­ing to win his age-group at the ITU Duathlon World Cham­pi­onships. Steve Beasley races 2016 Aviles ITU Duathlon World Cham­pi­onships Diane Eller at the Mon­treal Esprit Duathlon

Diane Eller

Diane Eller wasn’t the only mem­ber of her fam­ily to take gold in Aviles – her sis­ter Shar­ryn Oleskiw also took the nod in the stan­dard dis­tance 70–74 cat­e­gory. Be­cause she was the lone com­peti­tor in that cat­e­gory, Oleskiw wasn’t el­i­gi­ble for an Tri­can Ex­cel­lence award, but we cer­tainly want to rec­og­nize her for her great race. Eller is also a reg­u­lar on the triathlon cir­cuit and adds the duathlon world ti­tle to an im­pres­sive re­sumé that in­cludes the ITU Triathlon World ti­tle in 2004 in the 60– 64 age group.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.