Athletes Needed for Canada Games 2009 Triathlon
     November 11, 2006 — Wes Jackshaw

Ted Lawlor of the Games' Sport Division: "Triathlon is a new sport to the Canada Games and we are looking to establish a team ready for 2009.  We are confident there are some good all-round athletes in the province who would welcome the opportunity of competing in 2009."

Three male and three female athletes are needed to compete in two separate events at the 2009 Games to be held here in Prince Edward Island.  The first event is the individual sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run), followed by the team event comprised of a 300m swim, a 15k bike and a 3k run.

The coach of the team is Wes Jackshaw of Summerside, a Kinesiologist (BSc) with over 20 years of experience in the field of sport science, health and wellness.  He has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities, including the National Hockey League.  Wes is also certified with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) as a Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultnat (PFLC), and with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Swimmers, cyclists and runners interested in testing their skills in triathlon, as well as anybody interested in supporting the program in other capacities, are asked to attend a meeting on Wednesday November 22, 7pm at the Royalty Centre/House of Sport in Charlottetown (check the board as you come in for the room number) to discuss the Triathlon Team development and identify interest in the sport.   Eligible athletes for 2009 must be born between 1989-1993 inclusive, but younger athletes are also encouraged to get involved with a view to developing a Kids of Steel Program on the Island as well as forming a junior squad for the 2013 Games.

Potential athletes will be given a training plan to work on over the winter (Jan-April) for identification in the spring.  Four different events--three time trials and a Kids of Steel event--will then take place throughout 2007. 

Anbody interested in the sport of triathlon is asked to contact Wes at 436-7321 or via email at

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