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.
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.
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