Na­tional Team

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION -

Tyler Mislawchuk

Con­vinced to take up triathlon as a way to cross-train for hockey, Tyler Mislawchuk quickly re­al­ized that triathlon was his sport. By 2012 he be­came the na­tional ju­nior cham­pion and has en­joyed a steady rise to the top of the sport ever since. He was part of the Pan Am Games team that com­peted in Toronto in 2015, where he fin­ished 10th. Last year Mislawchuk rep­re­sented Canada in Rio, fin­ish­ing 15th there, the same spot he en­joyed in the world rank­ings by the end of the year. The 22-yearold is the bright spot on the na­tional pro­gram right now, with a le­git­i­mate shot to move up some spots in Tokyo in 2020.

Amelie Kretz

A triath­lete since she was eight years old, Amelie Kretz, 23, grew up in Ste-therese, Que., but now, when she’s in Canada, trains at RTC Guelph, a Triathlon Canada train­ing cen­tre coached by Craig Tay­lor. At other times of the year Kretz works with the Wol­lon­gong Wizards with Jamie Turner, who also coaches Gwen Jor­gensen. Kretz re­ally made her name in 2012, her last year as a ju­nior, when she fin­ished sixth at the world cham­pi­onships and has en­joyed a steady pro­gres­sion in the sport that saw her move up to the world of WTS rac­ing and, even­tu­ally, the Olympics, where she fin­ished 34th last year.

Matthew Sharpe

Grow­ing up in Camp­bell River, B.C., 25-yearold Matthew Sharpe made the move from swim­ming to triathlon when he was 13. When he moved to Vic­to­ria he started to train at the na­tional cen­tre and be­gan to com­pete on the ju­nior elite cir­cuit. He was the ju­nior na­tional cham­pion in 2010 and fin­ished ninth at the ju­nior worlds that year. He won his first ITU race when he was 19 and started to train with the Wol­lon­gong Wizards in Aus­tralia and Spin. In­jury side­lined him in 2015, which prompted Sharpe to re­turn to Vic­to­ria. He’s now work­ing with Jono Hall and en­joyed some great suc­cess in 2016, mov­ing up over 100 spots in the world rank­ings thanks to a run­ner-up fin­ish at the World Cup in Mon­treal and 35th in Cozumel at the WTS Grand Fi­nal.

MATTHEW SHARPE AMELIE KRETZ

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