The ITU triathlon season is over in North America, giving athletes the chance to try something different in the off-season. On the weekend, three Canadian short course triathletes competed at the U Sports Cross-Country Championships in Victoria, B.C., all finishing in the top 15 overall.
Paula Findlay returned to the event for the first time in nine years, racing on the University of Alberta’s team for the last time as she finishes up her undergraduate degree this year. With a silver medal and fourth-place finish from 2007 and 2008 respectively, Findlay headed into this year’s event without any expectations as she is coming off a season of triathlon racing including her first 70.3 a few weeks ago. She finished 15th overall:
University of Calgary Dinos teammates Russell Pennock and Rio Paralympic silver-medallist Stefan Daniel also raced, helping earn their team the CanWest Championship and the CIS silver medal. Pennock finished fourth individually, earning All-Canadian status for the first time. Daniel finished 14th:
Findlay, a London 2012 Olympian, has been on a comeback streak this year as she races uninjured for the first time in many years and has been trying out new formats of triathlon. She was recently outspoken on social media about her disappointment in not being named to the Canadian squad who will compete at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next summer:
Completely gutted to not be named to the Commonwealth Games team. After clearly proving to be one of the top 3 Cdn women this year, the decision is frustrating & disappointing. I guess my strength is not getting knocked down by the BS. Bring on '18, nobody wants it more. pic.twitter.com/7Os2Ra7p6Q
— Paula Findlay (@PaulaFindlay) November 13, 2017