Canada’s Paula Findlay will plan to continue her rebuild back into elite race form with a planned block of training set for Edmonton, June 15-23, while many of the top triathletes in the world descend in her hometown for the 2013 World Cup, presented by Antrim.
The 24-year-old Olympian will not compete in the Edmonton World Cup stop as she continues to rehabilitate from a series of injuries she has battled over the last two years since catapulting to the number one spot in the world rankings with five World Triathlon Series victories.
“While it would be great to be racing this weekend in my hometown, I am focused on building up my condition through a training block in preparation for races later in the summer. I have made a lot of progress this year, and am confident I’ll be racing better than I ever have in the build up to Rio. I am really enjoying the process of getting stronger every day, and been inspired by the success of my training mates in my new squad” said Findlay, who was inspired to get involved in triathlon while watching the 2001 World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park. “There will be many more opportunities for me to race at home, including the 2014 Grand Final which is very exciting. While I won’t be competing, I am excited to be training at home this week, and encourage the entire City of Edmonton to join me at Hawrelak to watch this great triathlon festival and cheer on my teammates.”
In addition to being onsite at Hawrelak Park for the World Cup race on June 23, Findlay will take part in a number of community and sponsored-related events throughout Edmonton during the week while the top triathletes swim, bike and run into the City of Champions.
A stellar line-up of 31 Canadian triathletes will be in the 2013 field including: defending champion, Kyle Jones (Oakville, Ont.), and Alexander Hinton (Kingston, Ont.), who shocked the world to win the silver medal in the men’s race one year ago. They will be joined 18 other Canadian men including Victoria’s Andrew McCartney and Andrew Yorke, of Caledon, Ont. A talented group of 11 Canadian women will also hit the start line in Edmonton, including Winnipeg’s Sarah-Anne Brault and Calgary’s Ellen Pennock, who finished second and fourth respectively last year, along with the nation’s top-ranked female internationally, Joanna Brown of Carp, Ont., and Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland who continues her comeback into elite racing.
The two-day triathlon festival will also feature the Pan American Junior Cup, age group races, a Try-A-Tri, Collegiate Championships, and a Kinetico Kids of Steel race for Kids ages 3-11. The Paratriathlon National Championships, and a Kinetico Kids of Steel race for youth ages 12-15 will also take place on June 22. For more information on the ITU Edmonton World Cup, please visit www.edmontontriathlon.org.
Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as an Olympic medal sport since 2000 and Paralympic medal sport as of 2016, Triathlon Canada’s mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com