Kyla Roy, pictured in the middle alongside junior Canadian National Team teammates.

Kyla Roy, pictured in the middle alongside junior Canadian National Team teammates.

Winnipeg’s Kyla Roy, 17, has accepted a full-ride scholarship to Arizona State University for their triathlon program. There are only two Division 1 schools in the US offering triathlon programs, and the selection process is very competitive. Roy has an impressive resume of race results including several CAMTRI podiums and wins as a junior. Ultimately, she has her eye on the Olympics.

Arizona State University was the first of two schools to offer triathlon programs after the sport became NCAA-sanctioned in 2016.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of something that is so new and to be one of the first ones,” Roy said in an interview with The Winnipeg Sun. “There’s 13 girls that are going to be on the team in September when we start school. That’ll be exciting.”

Roy trains under Triathlon Manitoba coach Gay Pallett, who notes that, “To get a scholarship at ASU is pretty hard.”

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Roy’s achievement was celebrated at a ceremony hosted by Canadian Sports Centre Manitoba last Wednesday.