Building on the momentum created in 2022, Triathlon BC is thrilled to offer a record-breaking number of World Championship qualifying events to the 2023 race calendar. 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 nine different disciplines next year; Aquabike, Cross Triathlon, Duathlon and Sprint, Standard, Long Distance Triathlon, and new for 2023, the Mixed Team Relay World Championships, which should be an incredibly exciting event to watch, and even more fun to participate in!

“The opportunity to represent Canada at a major World Championship is truly unique in the world of sport. Whether you are 22 years old or 72 years old, the chance of competing against the World’s best wearing the Maple Leaf is what memories are made of!” exclaimed Allan Prazsky, Executive Director of Triathlon BC. ‘Let’s see how many BC athletes we can get to the start line in 2024!”

The Canadian Age Group World Championship Teams consist of top performing age-group athletes in Canada who earn a spot at a Qualification Race to represent Canada on the international stage at the World Triathlon (WT) Championships. Team members have the opportunity to proudly represent their country, participate in a unique team environment and celebrate their sport within the global triathlon community. The age-group team is one hundred percent self-funded.

Held in a different location every year, the World Championships events attract thousands of like-minded age group athletes from around the globe, and mark the end of the season for elite athletes and age group competitors alike.

World Triathlon (WT) holds three distinct World Championships each year:

2024 Multisport World Championships
Date: TBA
Townsville, Australia
Includes:  Aquabike, Aquathlon, Duathlon, Cross Triathlon and Long Distance Triathlon

2024 Sprint and Mixed Team Relay World Championships
Date & Location: TBA
Includes Sprint and Mixed Team Relay Triathlon

2024 Standard Distance World Championships
Date & Location: TBA
Includes the Super Sprint Triathlon, Standard Aquathlon and Standard Triathlon

Athletes vying for Age Group World Championship spots throughout the 2023 season will be qualifying for the 2024 World Championships. Qualifying ‘spots’ are offered across each gender and all 5-year age category.  There is a roll-down process. Qualifying events are listed below:

BC-Based Qualifiers arranged by date:

Sprint Triathlon Qualifying Event
June 3, 2023
Oliver Sprint & Standard Triathlon
Oliver, BC

Mixed Team Relay Qualifying Event
June 4, 2023
Oliver Long Distance Triathlon
Oliver, BC

Standard Distance Aquabike Qualifying Event
Wasa Triathlon
June 11, 2023
Cranbrook, BC

Standard Triathlon Qualifying Event
June 11, 2023
Wasa Triathlon
Cranbrook, BC

Standard Distance Aquabike Qualifying Event
July 2, 2023
Cowichan Challenge
Chemainus, BC

Long Distance Aquabike Qualifying Event
July 16, 2023
Sagelands Triathlon
Osoyoos, BC

Standard Triathlon Qualifying Event
July 16, 2023
Sagelands Triathlon
Osoyoos, BC

Long Distance Triathlon Qualifying Event
Victoria Half & Sprint
July 16, 2023
Victoria, BC

Standard Distance Duathlon Qualifying Event
Victoria Half & Sprint
July 16, 2023
Victoria, BC

Standard Distance Duathlon Qualifying Event
Elk Triathlon & Duathlon
August 6, 2023
Victoria, BC

Long Distance Triathlon Qualifying Event
Ironman Penticton
August 27, 2023
Penticton, BC

Cross Triathlon Qualifying Event
Dodge City X TriathlonNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
September 9, 2023
Cumberland, BC

What do you need to know about qualifying for Age Group World Championship Events? Athletes are responsible for the following:

  • You must be a current, annual member of Triathlon BC or a member of another Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) prior to competition.
  • Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted to Triathlon Canada with a non-refundable athlete fee paid prior to competition.
  • An Expression of Interest (EOI) page will be set up by Triathlon Canada specific to each province with the list of qualification events. Learn more about how to submit an EOI.

What do you need to know about Age Groups?

1.) British Columbia has a record number of qualifiers in 2023; 12 unique qualifying opportunities are available throughout the season, the most in Canada! Qualifying spots are offered in 5-year age groups e.g. women 40-44, men 45-49 etc.

Note: Race Day standings do not mean you have a qualifying spot in your age category.

2.) Qualifying spots are AGE ADJUSTED to December 31st, 2023. If there is one qualifying spot per age group, per gender, the fastest finishing athlete as of age adjusted results that has submitted an expression of interest will then be considered an ‘automatic qualifier’.

3.) Automatic qualifiers will be notified by Triathlon Canada directly. If you believe you have qualified and do not receive a notification within one month, please contact agegroupteams@triathloncanada.com.

4.) Skip over to Triathlon Canada’s Expression of Interest to indicate your interest to wear the Maple Leaf in the 2023 World Championships!

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. 20-24, 25-29, 30 – 34 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.

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