It’s been a long time coming, but that just makes her bronze medal at the World Triathlon Championship Finals in Abu Dhabi last November all the sweeter. After finishing fourth at the 2018 and 2019 Grand Final races, then finishing fourth in Tokyo at the Paralympics in 2021, Kamylle Frenette finally got the podium finish she’d been working so hard for.
A frontline worker during the COVID pandemic – Frenette was giving vaccinations as a pharmacy student in New Brunswick – she managed to maintain her training to get ready for the Paralympic Games in 2021. From there things just seemed to get better and better. In all four of her World Triathlon races in 2022 she finished on the podium – third-place finishes at the World Triathlon Para Cups in Besancon and A Corona, a silver medal finish at the World Triathlon Para Series Montreal, then that bronze medal in Abu Dhabi.
“I’m very excited to have shared this day with my family who travelled all the way across the world, and I am honoured to come home with my first ever World Championship medal,” Frenette said after her performance.
Thanks to Barrie Shepley, Kyla Rollinson, Pierre-Yves Gigou, Lance Watson and Carolyn Murray for their input on our Triathlete of the Year awards.