With a record number of athletes lining up to represent Canada at the 2020 Grand Final World Championships in Edmonton next July, Triathlon BC will continue to push the Age Group World Championship Qualifying excitement into 2020, where motivated athletes will vie for age group spots to compete at the 2021 World Multisport Championships (Australia) and 2021 Grand Final World Championships (Bermuda).

Age group athletes from across Canada will have the opportunity to earn the right to represent the Maple Leaf in six different disciplines next year; Aquabike, Cross Triathlon, Duathlon and Sprint, Standard and Long Distance Triathlon, events that have been sprinkled strategically throughout the race calendar.

Triathlon Canada’s Age-Group World Championship Teams consist of top performing athletes who earn a spot at provincial qualification race, going on to represent Canada on the world stage at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships. Team members have the unique opportunity to proudly represent their country, participate in a unique team environment and celebrate their sport within the global multisport community.

“In a world where participation in a World Championship is, more often then not, limited to elite athletes,  the opportunity for Age Group athletes to represent a Nation at a major World Championship is unique, said Allan Prazsky, Executive Director of Triathlon BC,  “it’s phenomenal what these athletes do, we need to celebrate these committed individuals pursuing excellence across every age category.”

The 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, top performing, destination-minded age group athletes from around the world, and mark the end of the season for elite athletes.

2021 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, Townsville, Australia
Included Disciplines: Cross Triathlon, Aquathlon, Aquabike, Duathlon & Long Distance Triathlon

2021 ITU Triathlon World Grand Final, Bermuda
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 submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) PRIOR to the start of the qualification event.

Athletes vying for Age Group World Championship spots throughout the 2020 season will be qualifying for Age Group spots for the 2021 World Championship:

2021 ITU Aquathlon World ChampionshipsWindermere Aquathlon (Short Courses), July 25

2021 ITU Duathlon World ChampionshipsQualicum Beach Duathlon, June 14

2021 ITU Aquabike World ChampionshipsCowichan Valley Triathlon, June 14

2021 ITU Cross World ChampionshipsWhistler X Tri, June 14

2021 ITU Long Distance World ChampionshipsOliver Half Iron, June 7

2021 ITU Sprint Distance World Championships (Event 1) – Qualicum Beach Triathlon, June 14

2021 ITU Sprint Distance World Championships (Event 2) – Kelowna Apple Triathlon, July 4

2021 ITU Standard Distance World Championships (Event 1)Kelowna Apple Triathlon, July 4

2021 ITU Standard Distance World Championships (Event 2) Peach Classic Triathlon, July 19

Note 1:  With limited age group qualifying spots available throughout Canada, particularly western 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.).  Qualifying events host one spot, per gender, per age group.

Note 4:  Under Triathlon Canada’s Expression Of Interest policy, rolldowns are permitted.

Note 5: 2020 Triathlon BC membership sales will go live December 1st!

To learn more about Triathlon Canada’s Age Group National Teams program, please click HERE.