Born in Montreal, Lepage grew up in Gatineau, Que. before moving to Quebec City. A recent sixth-place finish at the Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon bodes well for his 2017 season – he wrapped up his 2016 campaign with a 26th at the U23 race at the WTS Grand Final.
A silver medal at the junior world championships last year in Cozumel capped a brilliant junior career and signalled a bright future for the Part Cartier, Que. native. Paquet trains with the Rouge et Or triathlon club at Laval University.
A member of the renowned Tri-o-lacs triathlon club in Vaudreuil-dorion (where he’s from), Grenier-talavera is living proof of the strength of a strong junior development program. A double-gold medallist at the 2013 Canada Games. This is Grenier-talavera’s third season on the national program and he’s started things off in style with a 12th place finish at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup in Australia in March.
Now that she’s finished her degree at the University of Guelph, Jamnicky will pursue the sport full time as she makes a push towards the Olympic team in 2020. It would mark a great 20th anniversary – her mother competed in European handball at the 2000 games. Jamnicky is the poster-child for steady development in the sport – she did her first triathlon when she was 12 and steadily moved through the ranks, competing at the Ontario and Canada Summer Games to the ITU world circuit. She finished second at the national championships last year and was 38th in Cozumel.
Last year’s national champion, Brown kicked off the 2017 season with a win at the Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint. The Carp, Ont. native enjoyed an impressive running career in high school and university, winning numerous high school track championship medals and was an All-canadian while running for the University of Guelph. 2016 marked a comeback year of sorts for Brown, who had struggled with injuries for a couple of years.
DOMINIKA JAMNICKY XAVIER GRENIER-TALAVERA JOANNA BROWN
Last year’s national junior champion, Ridenour, 17, proved she has a huge future in the sport with her sixth-place finish in Cozumel. With two more years of junior racing ahead of her, there’s lots to look forward to for the speedy runner from Cowichan Bay, B.C. She trains in Victoria at the national training centre.
After finishing second to Desirae Ridenour at last year’s national championships, Victoria’s Hannah Henry finished 12th in Cozumel at the world championships, making the 17-year-old another one to watch in the future. Henry started 2017 off with bang, too, with a runner-up finish in Sarasota at the CAMTRI Junior North American Championships.
The 2015 national junior champion heads into her final year as a junior with a great third-place finish in Sarasota under her belt. Originally focused on swimming, Roy, 18, trains at the Canadian Sport Centre in Winnipeg.
Now training under Jono Hall at the Triathlon Canada High Performance Centre in Victoria (he’s originally from Saanich, B.C.), Smith was fourth at the junior nationals last year and finished 51st in Cozumel. He’s moved up to the U23 ranks now and started his elite/u23 career with a 13th-place finish in Sarasota at the CAMTRI Sprint.
HANNAH HENRY BRENNEN SMITH
KYLA ROY DESIRAE RIDENOUR