Triathlon BC Announces 2018 SuperSeries Schedule
Triathlon BC is pleased to confirm the 2018 SuperSeries race calendar. Building on its momentum from 2016 and 2017, the SuperSeries, now in its third year, caters to performance-oriented athletes between the ages of 13 and 19. Alumni of the development Series include Triathlon Canada’s National Performance Centre athletes, including Holly Henry, Des Ridenour, and recent Arizona State transplant and Women’s Collegiate National Champion, Hannah Henry.
Athletes in the Series can expect a few subtle tweaks over previous years, including a new initiative launched in partnership with Triathlon Canada, whereby Series competitors can earn additional Series points (up to an identified maximum) by competing in up to three provincially sanctioned single-sport events.
“Including the single-sport element within the Provincial Series helps develop the foundational skills of our athletes, expressed Eugene Liang, High Performance Director at Triathlon Canada, “a common gap we’ve seen in our young athletes. Playing in a single sport environment helps advance essential technical skills required by our high performing multisport athletes.”
In addition to the Triathlon Canada lead initiative, the Series will also see a tweaked points structure and the introduction of a U23 category at select events; a demonstration only category for 2018, leading to the inaugural U23 Provincial Championships on September 10th.
The four-event provincial Series kicks off on May 21st, with a return visit to the North Shore Triathlon, an event that is firmly entrenched on Metro Vancouver’s race calendar. The 28th running of the North Shore Triathlon promises to serve up close race action, on what is a deceptively technical course.
Moving to Victoria, home of Triathlon Canada’s headquarters, for the second event of the Series, the Victoria Youth Triathlon, taking place on June 10th, has a lengthy history of delivering multisport to young, island-based competitors. The Victoria Youth Triathlon, with its uncompromising, flat circuit, promises to pay dividends to the powerhouse athletes on the SuperSeries circuit.
The month of July sees a brief hiatus in the Series, allowing for the BC Summer Games (July 18th through to 22nd) to take place. The multisport Games, held every two years, takes place in the Cowichan Valley, and caters to athletes between the ages of 14 and 15.
Moving from Victoria, the penultimate stop in the Series is the iconic Kelowna Apple Triathlon, August 18th. What is being dubbed as an entirely new event by its Race Director, the Apple Triathlon has an incredibly rich history dating back to 1983, a history that has seen the sport’s top athletes battle for glory, including 2017’s Canada Sport Hall of Fame inductee, Simon Whitfield.
The final stop in the provincial SuperSeries is Vernon, home to the 2018 Provincial Junior and U23 Championships, September 9th. A relatively new event, the Vernon Kids Triathlon has quickly established itself as a favorite among competitors and spectators alike, with a polished look and feel, the Vernon Kids Triathlon promises to close out the 2018 season on a high note, and with it, crown the 2018 SuperSeries and Provincial Junior and U23 Champions.
“BC as assembled a tremendous competition schedule in 2018, allowing competitors as young as 13 and as old as 23, to hone their racecraft in a provincially sanctioned Series. I look forward to seeing the trajectory of these athletes over the coming years,” said Duncan Wood, Chair, Triathlon BC.
“Seeing the rapid development of our regular Series’ athletes is incredibly inspiring, exclaimed Allan Prazsky, Triathlon BC Executive Director. “The icing on the cake was having a significant number of our top athletes go on to be invited to Triathlon Canada’s National Performance Centre Open House. We hope to build on that success with the 2018 SuperSeries.”
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