Triathlon BC Confirms Return of World Championship Age Group Qualifiers to BC

December 7, 2017

Triathlon BC​ - After a brief hiatus from the provincial race calendar, Triathlon BC is thrilled to offer a full slate of 2019 World Championship qualifying events throughout the 2018 season. Age group athletes will have the opportunity to earn the right to represent the esteemed Red and White colors of Triathlon Canada’s National Age Group Teams in six different disciplines next year; Aquabike, Cross Triathlon, Duathlon and Sprint, Standard and Long Distance Triathlon.

“After witnessing the incredible Multisport Championships in Penticton, we’re delighted to host so many qualifying events in BC, said Allan Prazsky, Executive Director of Triathlon BC. “The opportunity to represent Canada at a major World Championship is truly unique, and something to be celebrated. Seeing just how competitive these fields are, my hat goes off to every single athlete that attempts to secure a World Championship spot!”

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) holds both Multisport World Championships, consisting of Aquabike, Aquathlon, Duathlon, Cross Triathlon and Long Distance Triathlon, and the Grand Final, hosting the World Championships in Sprint and Standard Distance Triathlon. Held in a different location every year, the World Championships and the Grand Final attract thousands of like-minded athletes, and mark the end of the season for elite and pro athletes, together with age group competitors alike.

2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, Pontevedra, Spain
Included Disciplines: Cross Triathlon, Aquathlon, Aquabike, Duathlon & Long Distance Triathlon

2019 ITU Triathlon World Grand Final, Lausanne, Switzerland
Included Disciplines: Sprint & Standard Distance Triathlon

Athletes who go on to earn an automatic spot at a designated qualifying event, must also meet Triathlon Canada’s eligibility criteria, listed below.

  1. Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
  2. Must be a valid annual member of a Triathlon Provincial Sport Organization (i.e. Triathlon BC) PRIOR to the qualification event.
  3. Must pay the Triathlon Canada Management Fee in order to claim a spot (Note: this is NOT the race entry fee).

Athletes vying for Age Group World Championship spots throughout the 2018 season will be qualifying for 2019 World Championship:

2019 ITU Aquabike World Championships
Peach Classic Triathlon - July 15, 2018
1 Spot Available per gender, per age group.

2019 ITU Duathlon World Championships
BareBones Duathlon, May 12, 2018
1 Spot Available per gender, per age group.

2019 ITU Cross Championships
Squamish Triathlon*, June 24, 2018
1 Spot Available per gender, per age group.

2019 ITU Long Distance Championships
Ironman Whistler 70.3 Triathlon, July 29, 2018
3 Spots Available per gender, per age group.

2019 ITU Sprint Distance Championships
SuperLeague Triathlon**, August 19, 2018
2 Spots Available per gender, per age group.

2019 ITU Standard Distance Championships
Kelowna Apple Triathlon, August 19, 2018
3 Spot Available per gender, per age group.

*Cross Triathlon qualifying will take place in the Championship distance event only.

**Sprint Distance qualifying will take place in the SuperLeague Enduro event only.

Note 1:  With limited age group qualifying spots available throughout Canada, expect events to fill early.  Early registration, where available, is recommended.

Note 2:  To be eligible to secure a World Championship spot, athletes must be members of their provincial triathlon association (i.e. Triathlon BC) PRIOR to competing in the qualifying event.

Note 3:  Age-groups are categorized according to gender and 5-year age brackets (i.e. 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.)

Note 4:  If an event has 3 qualifying spots per age group, the top 3 athletes of each gender with a valid annual provincial and Triathlon Canada membership for each age-adjusted age category are qualifiers. Similarly, if an event has 1 qualifying spot, only the first athlete of each gender and age category will qualify.

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Allan Prazsky,
Executive Director
Triathlon BC
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