Te­nille Hoog­land joins Triathlon Canada

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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

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