Desirae Ridenour is one of Canada’s most talented juniors and a rising star on the international stage.

Ridenour, 18, from Cowichan Bay, B.C., was inspired to take up triathlon by her older sister Christine. As she progressed through elementary and high school, Ridenour won many races in and around the B.C. area. Then in 2015, she decided to focus solely on becoming an elite triathlete.

The decision to pursue her dream of becoming an elite triathlete has reaped many rewards so far. Last year, she gained national attention as one of Canada’s rising juniors, winning multiple races and finishing inside the top ten at the World Junior Championships in Rotterdam.

Earlier this season, Ridenour won the New Plymouth OTU Junior Oceania Championships in March. She also represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games, finishing an impressive 17th in the elite women’s field.

This past weekend in Osaka-Castle, Japan, Ridenour won the NTT ATSC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup. Competing in the elite women’s field, she won the race by three seconds ahead of Niina Kishimoto and Konami Ushioda of Japan. The win in Osaka-Castle is Ridenour’s first elite win in her young career.

Ridenour will now head to Antwerp, Belguim, for the ITU World Cup event this weekend.

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