They share the same last name and train with the same coach and club, but they’re not related. They are, though, without a doubt the top junior triathletes in Canada from 2022. Mathis Beaulieu finished at the top of the Americas Junior Continental rankings, while Noemie Beaulieu did the same.
The year kicked off in style for the 19-year-old with a win at the 2022 Americas Triathlon Junior North Americas Championships Sarasota-Bradenton. That was followed by a fourth-place finish in the swim-cancelled World Sprint Championships in Montreal in June, an impressive result considering she was coming back from COVID at the race.
“The day went really well and with the crowd, it was just really fun,” Noemie said after the race. “I was just happy to be on the start line because I was (sick) recently and wasn’t even sure if I could compete. I’m really happy with this result. I wasn’t expecting it.”
A few weeks later she would take the Sprint National Championships (overall) in Gatineau, Que., before adding two more Americas Triathlon Cup wins in Stockton and Montevideo (the Americas Cup Championships) before the end of the year.
Just 17 when he took seventh at the World Championships (duathlon – the swim was also cancelled for the men’s race) in Montreal, Mathis went on a tear through the rest of the season.
His year started in Sarasota-Bradenton with a runner-up finish, and in April Mathis finished 11th in the Elite race at the Americas Cup Salinas. Like Noemie, Mathis took the overall win at the Canadian Championships in Gatineau, then won the Europe Triathlon Junior Cup races in Tiszaujvaros and Tabor, and won the Americas Cup Triathlons in Stockton and Montevideo.
Mathis has a few more years of junior racing ahead of him, too.
Thanks to Barrie Shepley, Kyla Rollinson, Pierre-Yves Gigou, Lance Watson, Gary Pallett and Carolyn Murray for their input on our Triathlete of the Year awards.