Can-Am Race Series plays critical role in continued development of paratriathlon leading to the Paralympics in 2016
DALLAS—Canada’s paratriathletes combined to win five medals, including two gold, at the ITU PATCO Paratriathlon Continental Championships in Dallas over the weekend.
Three-time World Champion, Jennifer Hopkins of Ottawa, battled through the gruelling Texas heat to finish on top of her PT4 standing division. Hopkins, who works with the Federal Government, posted a winning time of 1:20:48 over the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and five kilometre run course.
Calgary’s 17-year-old Stefan Daniel also ran his way to the top of the podium at the season-opening race in the men’s PT4 division. Daniel, who won a bronze medal at 2013 World Championships, was solid from start-to-finish with a time of 1:07:56.
"After falling behind in the swim, I really wanted to work hard on the bike so I could build a lead onto the run. I have never run in these conditions, but I knew it might hurt so I wanted to try and make the bike count,” said Daniel. “I had no idea how much it can hurt racing in the heat and humidity. I have never suffered so much.”
Canadian Para-Triathletes also grabbed two silver medals in Dallas. Winnipeg’s Chantal Denholm posted the second fastest time in the women’s PT-4 division, while Ottawa’s Christine Robbins and her guide Lindsay Los, also celebrated the silver in the women’s visually impaired PT5 category with a time of 1:32:34.
Ryan Van Praet, of Chatham, Ont., hit the start line with Victoria’s Austin Horn who is one of two guides he will work with this summer, to win the bronze medal in the men’s PT5 visually impaired event. The Canadian duo clocked-in at 1:15:03.
Other Canadian results included: newcomer David Blair, of Ottawa, who was on Canada’s 2012 Paralympic rowing squad, and his guide Adam Jones of Sherbrooke, Que., placing fourth in the men’s PT5 category with a time of 1:17:40; Vancouver’s Scott Patterson was fourth in the PT1 wheelchair division with a time of 1:23:26; while Nelson Flamand, of St-Hubert, Que., was 16th in the men’s PT4 division at 1:29:28. Pierre Ouellet, of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que., (PT1), along with Winnipeg’s Kim Fawcett and Tammy Cunnington, of Red Deer, Alta., (PT2) did not finish.
“This was a great day with strong results for our team despite the hot conditions,” said Shaunna Taylor, high-performance director, Canadian Para-Triathlon Team. “This was a fantastic start to our season as we continue to develop our program in the lead up to Rio.”
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Triathlon Canada continues to take a leading role in the development of the sport through the creation of the Paratriathlon Can-Am Series in 2014 that consists of four races beginning with the ITU PATCO Paratriathlon Continental Championships in Dallas last weekend. Other events in the Can-Am Series include:
- June 28 – ITU Chicago World Paratriathlon Event - Chicago
- July 20 – ITU Magog World Paratriathlon Event - Magog, Que.
- August 16 – Kelowna Paratriathlon Event - Kelowna, B.C.
Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as an Olympic medal sport since 2000 and Paralympic medal sport as of 2016, Triathlon Canada’s mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com on the Internet.
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