De­vel­op­ment Team

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Alexis Lepage

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.

Charles Pa­quet

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.

Xavier Gre­nier-ta­lav­era

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.

Do­minika Jam­nicky

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.

Joanna Brown

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

De­sirae Ri­de­nour

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.

Han­nah Henry

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.

Kyla Roy

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.

Bren­nen Smith

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

STE­FAN DANIEL

KYLA ROY DE­SIRAE RI­DE­NOUR

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