Tenille Hoogland joins Triathlon Canada
Will the relationship with Brett continue? What will that mean in the future? Will you be moving away from your Calgary base?
I am really looking forward to continuing the work with Brett and the whole Trisutto squad. I have some plans for 2016 to try and lay a strong foundation that allows for me to stay grounded in the Calgary community. During my career I have seen athletes move out of the one place where they are supported and then burn out a year or two later. If I look back to my ITU days, the guys that are racing still are the ones that stayed in the supported community that built them.
In addition to training, putting on clinics and charitable events, along with race photography, you’ve also become the owner and race director of the Chinook Triathlon. Tell us about the race and how you are able to fit everything in?
The race has been around for 11 years and has traditionally taken place inside Calgary. However, it now takes place on July 30th in Sylvan Lake and offers a $10,000 prize purse in the Pro Chase event (men chase the women in an Olympic Distance race). I moved the race out of Calgary to build it to a bigger event that will hopefully, one day, have the same ambience that Wildflower does. We have an Olympic distance and half-distance race, along with team and Aquabike races. Our first attempt at holding the race in Sylvan Lake was a huge success. Tenille Hoogland retired from professional racing in 2013 with championship titles at Ironman 70.3 Calgary and Pocono Mountains. She made her return to the national and international triathlon scene in October by accepting a position with Triathlon Canada.
Why did you decide to leave your government job to take on this role with Triathlon Canada. Tell us all about your new gig.
My position with Triathlon Canada is national and international sport development manager. What this means in simple terms is that I am working to grow the sport in Canada. I am also the team manager for the ITU Age Group World Championship teams.
One of your first duties was to support the National Duathlon Team in Australia. Describe that experience. Is this what you’ll be doing in your role as team manager?
From day one we were able to create a unique experience. We became a team. I never had that experience racing as a professional athlete, so creating it with others was tremendous. My goal as a team manager is to create the best race experience for each and every athlete on Team Canada. This means knowing what athletes need to know before they even know to ask the question. I aim to alleviate stress and create an environment in which each athlete can reach their personal best performances. To represent Canada on the world stage is a privilege. To do it as part of team makes it that much better.
What do you hope to achieve in your new role?
I have many ambitions in this role, but my first is to listen to athletes, race directors and the provincial federations to understand what their priorities are to grow and improve our sport. From there, I will work with my colleagues to identify Triathlon Canada’s role.
Do you miss racing as a pro? Do you still race as an age grouper?
I definitely have swim, bike and run as my lifestyle everyday, but I don’t do all three in one day anymore. I do adventure or trail running races that usually involve going up a mountain. I do these with my husband, sister and friends because they always give me a great excuse to go slower and enjoy the scenery.
BELOW AND OPPOSITE TOP Jordan Bryden at Ironman 70.3 Gurye Korea