Olympians to lead triathlon team at Pan Am Games

Six competitors have been selected to swim, bike and run throughout the Ontario Place West Channel at the Pan Am Games. Triathlon Canada’s picks include longtime national team members and newcomers to race in July.

The women’s team will be led by London 2012 Olympian Paula Findlay. She first became a national team member in 2006, competing in the World Junior Championship. Since then Findlay has built a resume of impressive performances, including becoming the first Canadian to win a World Triathlon Series event in 2010, something she has done five times.

Paula Findlay at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton on August 30, 2014.

Paula Findlay at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton on August 30, 2014.

Also in the mix for the women’s team are Joanna Brown and Ellen Pennock. Brown has been a junior triathlon star and Pennock has a World Cup silver to her name.

Team Canada at TO2015 athletes list 

The men’s side will look to impress with three strong performers. Olympian Kyle Jones will be out to win his first Pan Am medal on home soil after finishing fourth at Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011. After being named a London 2012 alternate, Andrew York placed fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year in a highly competitive field. Tyler Mislawchuk, the newest addition to the national team was the top performer this year placing 10th at the World Triathlon Series.

Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones in triathlon.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to step up onto the podium and claim a medal. To have this opportunity at a home Games makes it that much more special. Having family, friends and people that have supported me through my entire career on the sidelines watching will be a unique experience that I look forward to.” Said Jones.

Triathlon will take place on the West Channel, one of five venues included in Pan AM Park. The women will compete on July 11 followed by the men on July 12. (Get tickets)