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Provincial Development Program Resources:

The Provincial Development Team

 

The Provincial Development Team is an important part of the overall Provincial Development Program (PDP). Launched in 2013, the PDP is made up of developing four pillars: Coaching Development, Performance Standards/Tracking/Talent ID, Training Environments, and Racing Environments.

The Provincial Team touches each pillar in various ways such as providing coaches professional development and mentoring opportunities by participating in training activities of the Team, using various testing and sport science to track the Team member’s development and sharing that with the athlete’s coaches, enhancing the training environments and opportunities for athletes through camps and training sessions that utilize world class facilities and specialists, and offering race support at key national and international races.

Mission – To provide professional coaching and support for Ontario athletes and coaches through programs and partnerships that create a World Class environment of support, performance tracking and skill development.

Vision– To produce a consist stream of athletes who can deliver podium performances at the International ITU level.

Provincial Program Objectives– To provide the guidance and performance environment that produces athletes who will consistently compete on Canada’s National Team through:

  • Alignment of Triathlon Ontario’s Development Program with our National Sporting Organization’s International Competition pathway
  • Building of a progressive and sustainable development system that provides a clear pathway for Ontario’s athletes to compete Nationally and Internationally
  • Building of a program with a commitment to working with World Class Coaches and support staff
  • Working with athletes Triathlon Ontario believes in

Junior Athlete Criteria– To introduce Junior athletes to the demands of the sport further along the development pathway by supporting athletes that:

  • Compete in at least 50% of Triathlon Ontario’s Junior Cup Series events
  • Demonstrate a commitment to participating in all Triathlon Ontario Provincial Development Program events*
  • Current Triathlon Ontario member in good standing, with valid Draft legal Certification
  • Have participated in at least one National Junior series event within the past 12 months
  • Demonstrate the understanding and importance of working with the Provincial Development Program
  • Must have completed at least one year of junior draft legal racing in National or Provincial level races
  • Earned at least one of the following results during the evaluation year, top 5 at Draft Legal Provincial Championships, top 10 at a National Junior Series race, top 15 at National Junior Championships
    * acceptations for missed events will be evaluated on an individual basis.

U23 Criteria– Athletes graduating from Junior to the Elite division can be faced with challenges within the sport. Triathlon Ontario’s commitment to supporting athletes as they transition from domestic to International competitions is underpinned by automatic selection to the Provincial team for any team member during their final year of Junior into the first year of Elite racing provided they have met the above junior criteria. Continued participation on the Provincial Team for athletes aged 21-24 will be based upon:

  • Top 4 finish in the Ontario U23 Draft legal Provincial Championship*
  • Top 16 finish in Triathlon Canada’s U23 Elite National Championship*
  • Participation in at least 2 other ITU Continental Cup or World Cup events*
  • Current Triathlon Ontario member in good standing and have a current Draft legal certification
    * participation exemptions will be granted on a case by case basis

2016-2020 Focus– Triathlon Ontario has set out a four year plan for our Provincial Program. The Program has completed three of those four years and the progress has been exciting. For the next quadrennial, our strategic vision includes:

  • Building on the success of our Provincial Draft legal series, through additional Triathlon Ontario support for new races by setting course and scheduling criteria, and providing course design support and assessment
  • Establish an ITU World Cup in Ontario and using this event for athlete, coach and triathlon officials development
  • Create a Provincial Training Program providing opportunities for athletes and coaches to come together and work with world class coaching in regions throughout the Province.

Official Provincial Team Suppliers

EnergyLab Sports Official Wheel Supplier
Infinit Nutrition Official Nutritional Supplier
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Junior Women
Cassandra Dalbec
Club: N/A

Cassandra Dalbec


2017 Status:
2nd Year Junior

Cassandra is the Provincial Team’s youngest member and will also be seeking 2017 Canada Summer Games qualification. Cassandra was involved in a crash at Nationals but recovered in time to put in a solid 5th place performance later at Provincials. Cassandra also won a gold medal at the Ontario Summer Games in 2016.

2015 Highlights:
Ontario Jr Provincials – 5th
Ontario Jr Cup Series – 5th
Ontario Summer Games – Gold Medal

Allison Gibb
Club: Fighting Koalas

Allison Gibb

@AllisonGibb
2017 Status:
 4th Year Junior

Allison enters her final year as a Junior in 2017 and qualification for the 2017 Canada Summer Games is a key season goal for her this year. A nasty multi-person crash at Nationals derailed some of her season race goals but Allison is ready and training hard for a successful final year as a Junior.

2016 Highlights:
Ontario Jr Provincials – 5th
Ontario Jr Cup Series – 15th

 

U23 Women
Samantha Klus
Club: ByTown Storm

Samantha Klus

@samikluso
2017 Status
: 3rd Year U23

Since transitioning from a highly successful Junior career Samantha has had two challenging years in U23 with untimely and unlucky injuries before key events.  When healthy, Samantha has been training at levels on par with other Canadian national U23 and Elite female athletes.   Fit and ready to go, Samantha looks forward to posting results in 2017 that demonstrate her current fitness levels.

2016 Highlights:
Quest for Gold Carded Athlete
Ontario Provincials – 3rd

Danae Morris
Club: Ironstride

Danae Morris

@morris22_D
2017 Status:
 2nd Year U23

Danae had a strong rookie U23 year. Danae won the Elite/U23 Provincial Cup Series as well, finished second at Provincials. She also posted a solid 7th place at Nationals. Danae will look to build on that success as she returns for her second year as a U23 athlete.

2016 Highlights:
Nationals – 7th
Ontario Provincials – 2nd
Ontario Elite/U23 Cup Series – Champion

Madeleine Kennedy
Club: N/A

Madeleine Kennedy


2017 Status:
 1st Year U23

Maddy had a bounce back year in 2016 and finished her Junior career in style. Maddy won the Junior Triathlete of the Year award from Triathlon Ontario. Her season included winning the Ontario Junior Cup Series, a seventh place at Nationals, a second at Provincials along with two other top 10s at National Junior Series races.

2016 Highlights:
Nationals – 7th
Ontario Jr Provincials – 2nd Place
Ontario Jr Cup Series – Champion

Jr National Series – Montreal 6th, Verdun

Elise Bolger
Club: Fighting Koalas

Elise Bolger

@EliseBolger
2017 Status: 1st Year U23

Elise had a solid final year as a Junior athleter, setting her up for a successful transition into U23 in 2017. Elise was once again a Quest for Gold provincially carded athlete and Ontario provincials champion.

2016 Highlights
Quest for Gold Carded Athlete
Ontario Jr Provincials – Champion
Ontario Jr Cup Series – Runner Up
Jr National Series – Montreal 4th, Edmonton 4th, Verdun 8th

Megan Adams
Club: ByTown Storm

Meagan Adams

2017 Status: 1st Year U23

Meagan looks to continue her development as she transitions to U23 in 2017. At times during her Junior career Meagan has demonstrated her potential to be a top national calibre athlete and she looks to towards building consistency to fully capitalize on her potential.

2016 Highlights
Ontario Jr Provincials – 6th
Ontario Jr Cup Series – 4th
Jr National Series – Edmonton 9th

Cate Skain
Club: N/A

Cate Skain

2017 Status: 1st Year U23

Cate is one of two Provincial Team rookies for 2016-17 and will have her sights set on Canada Summer Games qualification for 2017. Cate posted solid results in 2016 including podium finishes at Provincials and in the Ontario Junior Cup Series as well as a top 5 in a National Jr Series race.

2015 Highlights:
Ontario Jr Provincials – 3rd

Ontario Jr Cup Series – 3rd
Jr National Series – Montreal 5th, Verdun 12th

Junior Men
Liam Donnelly
Club: N/A

Liam Donnelly

@liam_donnelly23
2017 Status: 3rd Year Junior

Liam had a fantastic second year as a Junior in 2016 and is a leading favourite to qualify for the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. Liam posted an impressive 7th place finish at Nationals along with two other top 10s at National Junior Series races.

2016 Highlights:
National Championships – 7th
National Jr Series – 7th Verdun, 8th Montreal
Ontario Jr Cup Series – Runner Up

Provincials – 4th

U23 Men
Aron Mohammadi
Club: ByTown Storm

Aron Mohammadi

2017 Status: 2nd Year U23

Aron focused primarily on training and school work during his first year of U23, racing less frequently in 2016. Moving into his second year of U23 Aron will look to get back to a more robust race schedule and continue his development.

2016 Highlights:
Provincials – 8th

Ontario Elite/U23 Cup Series – 8th
Nationals – 19th

Jacob Jamnicky
Club: N/A

Jacob Jamnicky

@JacobJamnicky
2017 Status:
 1st Year U23

Jacob finished his Junior career in 2016 with a string of consistent results including a 12th at North American Championships, three top 10s in National Junior Series races and a second place at Provincials. Jacob will be transitioning into the U23 category for 2017 and looks forward to taking the next step in his development.

2016 Highlights:
CAMTRI Sarasota – 12th
Jr Nationals – 13th
Jr National Series – Verdun 5th, Montreal 7th, Edmonton 8th

Provincials – 2nd

Dylan Pust
Club: N/A

Dylan Pust

@DylanPust
2017 Status:
 1st Year U23

Dylan capped off his final Junior season by winning the Junior Provincial Cup Series, placing 3rd at Provincials and posting two top 10s at National Junior Series races. Dylan is working hard to prepare for his transition into the U23 ranks for the upcoming season.

2016 Highlights:
Nationals – 14th
National Jr Series – Edmonton 10th, Montreal 10th
Provincials – 3rd

Ontario Jr Cup Series – Champion

Aaron De Jong
Club: Fighting Koalas

Aaron De Jong

@aarond_13
2017 Status: 1st Year U23

Aaron had a solid final year as a Junior posting his best Nationals result (10th) of his career and added two other strong results in the National Junior Series. At the provincial level, Aaron also added a 3rd place in the Cup Series and a 5th at Provincials.

2016 Highlights:
Ontario Jr Provincials – 5th
Ontario Jr Cup Series – 3rd
Jr Nationals – 10th
Jr National Series – Verdun 8th, Montreal 12th