2017-2018 Triathlon Ontario Junior Provincial Development Team

 

Triathlon Ontario is committed to providing a progressive Provincial Development Program (PDP) for Youth, Junior and U23 athletes residing and training in Ontario. Triathlon Ontario believes that in order for Triathlon to succeed in Canada, Ontario’s athletes must be prepared to race at the International level. It is Triathlon Ontario’s goal to establish the systems and processes for Ontario athletes that will enable Ontario to fill between half and two thirds of the National Development Team spots by 2020 and half and two thirds of National Team spots by 2024.

The PDP, Provincial Team and Provincial Development Coach (PDC) are important pillars for athlete development throughout the Province of Ontario. The PDC’s role is to add value to each Provincial athlete’s home training environment by working with the athlete and coach (where applicable) to identify development and sport specific skill GAP’s and to offer information, training support in cooperation with the athlete’s home environment.

Triathlon Ontario recognizes that each athlete may have a unique situation and athletes may require varied levels of input and support by the PDC. The PDC will not interfere in training plans or programs set out by an athlete’s home coach, however, training plan observation via Training Peaks by the PDC is a requirement.

By developing the systems and creating an inclusive environment for athletes, coaches and clubs, Triathlon Ontario is confident its ambitious goals are achievable. As part of the continuing expansion of the PDP and in consultation with leading national sports scientists, Triathlon Ontario has developed a series of assessment and tracking combine weekends to test a cross section of skills that are necessary for success at the International level. The testing will be conducted three times per year to provide follow up, evaluation and feedback opportunities to the athletes and their coaches regarding their training program effectiveness.Proper athlete assessment and tracking is done at different stages of the training and competition year. By tracking athlete progression over years of development Triathlon Ontario can not only assess athlete’s development and trending, but can also use the data to identify future athletes on the high performance/development pathway. Tracking data ideally, will be done during three different times of the year

• Post season – October
• Preseason – March
• In season – July (depending on race calendar)

By testing during different times of the year over a number of years Triathlon Ontario can track the athlete’s progression throughout the year as well as, year to year improvements.

Triathlon Ontario has developed a combination of technical and physical assessments to help determine relative fitness as well as, skill sets that are key components to success at the International level.

• Swim Skills/Fitness Assessment – designed to provide information on Critical speed, Gold Medal Profile scoring, stroke efficiency
• Stroke Power Profile – using a VASA swim trainer with ergometer we can profile the stroke rate, power output throughout the stroke, left and right arm power production, power differential at various Stroke rates. Much like working with power on the bike, this assessment will give us a power production profile of each arm. Cross referenced with information from the in water test and video will provide detailed information on stroke improvements/adjustments to increase speed and efficiency
• Stroke Rate Speed Check – stroke rate test will be used to measure the differences in speed at increasingly faster stroke rates, this testing will be done with a focus on the stroke only using a pull buoy and band (no kicking)
• Swim Time Trials and Critical Speed Swim test
• Cycling Power Profile Assessments – Functional Power Profile, Under 1 min Power Profile Repeatability test, Over 1 min Power Profile Repeatability Test
• Run Assessments – Video run gait analysis to help determine run efficiency and form at different speeds, looking at hip or pelvic tilt, stance time, swing time, knee and ankle tracking, cadence, stride length, upper body position
• Run Zone testing – help to determine when (at what speed) form starts to break down and provide training zones to maximize training focus
• Power/Force Testing

Qualification Criteria for 2017-2018 Team
Due to a number of factors (talent pool growth, limited resources, greatest degree of impact, development time horizon) the Provincial Development Team will consist of athletes aged 17-19 (as of December 31, 2018) for the 2017-2018 season. Programs will be open to all athletes aged 17-22 as of December 31, 2018 but only Team members are entitled to partial program subsidization. Other possible subsidization may be available for other athletes on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Triathlon Ontario.

Provincial Team members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

• Acceptance and signing of the Athlete Agreement that includes a list of expectations regarding commitment, participation and conduct
• 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
• Must have completed at least one year of junior draft legal racing in National and Provincial level races
• One of the following performance standards:
• Have been selected as a 2017 Canada Summer Games team member (including alternates)
• Top three in the 2017 Junior Cup Series final standings
• Top three in the 2017 Junior Provincial Championships
• Tested within 95% of each of the top swim and run time trials during the 2017 Canada Summer Games qualification process

 

Provincial Development Program Resources:

 

Official Provincial Team Suppliers

EnergyLab Sports Official Wheel Supplier
Infinit Nutrition Official Nutritional Supplier
Flying Monkey Bike Shop and Coffee Bar Official Bike Fitter and Mechanic
vorgee-logo Official Goggle Supplier
Champion system_Logo white Official Uniform Supplier

 

Junior Women
Cassandra Dalbec
Club: C3

Cassandra Dalbec

@cassdalbec_
2018 Status:
 3rd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincial Champion
Canada Summer Games silver and bronze medalist
Ontario Cup Series Champion

Ella Kubas
Club: Tornado Tri

Ella Kubas

@Ella_Triathlon
2018 Status:
 3rd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincials 2nd place
Canada Summer Games silver and bronze medalist
Ontario Cup Series 3rd place
National Championships 7th place

Haley Sturrock
Club: C3

Haley Sturrock

 

2018 Status: 3rd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincials 5th place
Canada Summer Games bronze medalist
Ontario Cup Series 6th place

Teagan Shapansky
Club: N/A

Teagan Shapansky

@jk_tshap1
2018 Status:
 2nd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincials 3rd place
Magog CAMTRI Jr American Championships 10th place
Ontario Cup Series 2nd place
National Championships 8th place

Emma Young
Club: LPC

Emma Young

 

2018 Status: 2nd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincials 4th place
Ontario Cup Series 4th place

 

Junior Men
Liam Donnelly
Club: N/A

Liam Donnelly

@liam_donnelly23
2018 Status: 4th Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincial Champion
Canada Summer Games double silver and bronze medalist
Ontario Cup Series Champion
National Championships 8th place

 

Tristen Jones
Club: C3

Tristen Jones

2018 Status: 2nd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincials 2nd place
Canada Summer Games double silver medalist
Ontario Cup Series 3rd place

 

 

Justin De Jong
Club: LPC

Justin De Jong

2018 Status: 2nd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincials 3rd place
Canada Summer Games silver medalist
Ontario Cup Series 2nd place

 

Nicholas Lambert
Club: Triple Threat

Nicholas Lambert

2018 Status: 2nd Year Junior

2017 Highlights:
Ontario Provincials 4th place
Ontario Cup Series 4th place