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Laval University launches program for young triathletes

Red and Gold triathlon club aims to reach more than 1000 juniors who can try the sport free of charge.

Laval University has a new plan to attract young athletes to the sport of triathlon.

Through their Red and Gold Triathlon Club, the school has created a “mini-triathlete” program that will go on tour to elementary schools in the Greater Quebec City region to attract newcomers to the sport. Quebec City native and Olympian Sarah-Anne Brault, who finished 42nd at the Rio Olympic Games, will join the tour and speak to students about her experience in the sport as a young triathlete all the way up to elite competition as part of the national program.

The program aims to reach more than 1000 students who “will have the chance to discover triathlon free of charge” thanks to support from the Quebec Student Sport Network in the Quebec/Chaudiere-Appalaches region.

Quebec has a thriving triathlon scene with many up-and-coming junior and U23 athletes producing strong results on the international scene right now. Olympian triathletes Kathy Tremblay (London 2012) and Amelie Kretz (Rio 2016) are both Quebec-based.