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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Canada Games Media Video

Find here a video from CSG. Well spoken, Barb did you give the them media relations training as well? Great job to the BC athletes, coaches, TriBC, and Manager!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

CSG Pics!!

Double Gold - Double Bronze!!! :) Globe and Mail article.

Well it's 11:15 p.m. in PEI and I need to go to bed.. so I'm just going to post this Globe and Mail report instead of writing up something myself. I'll try to come up with something tomorrow. Thanks everyone for your great support and cheering. We could feel the energy!!

Lori Ewing
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — The Canadian Press
Last updated on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 04:58PM EDT
When Victoria's Alison Hooper broke through the finish-line banner of Tuesday's triathlon at the Canada Games, she grabbed it and took it with her.

Hooper and Jeff Phillips, also of Victoria, penned their names in the Canada Games history books by capturing gold in triathlon's debut on a dominant day for the B.C. team.

“It's pretty exciting, I made history, which is kind of cool,” Hooper said.

Hooper, 16, a former swimmer competing in her first season of triathlon, finished in 58 minutes 15 seconds to lead a trio of B.C. women that finished in the top four. Sarah-Anne Brault of Winnipeg won silver in 58:34, while Kyla Coates of Victoria took the bronze in 58:57. Christine Ridenour of Cowichan Bay, B.C., finished fourth in 59:12.

“I didn't know quite how it was going to go, especially with the 20-year-olds in this race, but I stuck with Sarah-Anne on the run and I felt really good and went for it,” Hooper said. “It was pretty exciting.”

Phillips, 20, won in 53:59, holding off Connor Hammond of London, Ont., who took the silver in 54:44. Cole Stewart of Langley, B.C., captured bronze in 54:52.

“I'm pretty happy, our B.C. team was really strong this year, all three of us were really strong swimmers,” Phillips said. “We were going for gold plus another podium spot and we got that, I'm feeling really happy about this.

“This was exactly what we wanted and I could be any more happy.”

Hooper was second out of the water behind Alberta's Ellen Pennock after a 750-metre swim in the Summerside Harbour, and then was among a pack of six through the 20-kilometre bike that snaked around the downtown area. She and Brault battled it out through much of the five-kilometre run before Hooper took the lead for good.

Inspired by Simon Whitfield's silver-medal performance at the Beijing Olympics, Hooper started training for triathlon less than a year ago, switching to the sport from swimming because her small stature.

“My size was starting to catch up with me,” said the five-foot-two Hooper. “My coach said you should try running, see how you feel, try this sport.

“I kind of took baby steps in October, starting training then, and really picked it up.”

Her goal was simply to make the Canada Games team. She did that, and went on to win the Canadian junior championships last month earning a berth for the world junior event next month in Australia.

“I love the sport,” Hooper said.

B.C. was the class of the field — no surprise considering most of the country's top triathletes, including Olympians Whitfield and Lauren Groves, make Victoria their training base.

“I'm surrounded by amazing athletes to train with, you can pursue a really good triathlon career from that centre in Victoria,” Hooper said.

“We just have a really good program in B.C.,” Phillips added. “You have all the top athletes there. We have year-round weather which is fantastic, we can ride year-round, there's tons of trails to run on, bike routes, it's just a great place to train.”

A group of eight athletes, including all three of B.C.'s athletes, quickly separated themselves from the field after the swim and hammered the pace on the 20-kilometre bike. Knowing that Hammond was a decent runner, Phillips and his teammates tried to work together through the bike to lose the Ontario athlete.

“We were trying all bike long to get a gap on him, every single one of us was trying to attack repeatedly, and I kind of decided at the end to just go for it and hammer my way in,” Phillips said. “I got a bit of a gap and then ran as fast as I could, just tried to stay away, I didn't want him to catch me.

“I didn't want to get into a running battle because I worked a lot on that bike.”

The triathlon event at the Canada Games includes athletes 16-to-20 years of age.

B.C. will be the obvious favourites in Friday's men's and women's team triathlon events.

Podium Day for Team BC

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Pre Race training in PEI.

Hi Ya'll. The day before the sprint race in Summerside, PEI. Team BC rode down to the course at 10 a.m for pre race training. The squad is feeling fast, motivated and ready. The weather has been the opposite of last year when it was cold and raining. The past few days it's been sunny and HOT.

Athlete meetings are finished. Athletes are feeling confident and ready to race FAST and represent BC well.

If you want to read more about TEAM BC go to

Wish us luck! PK

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer Games - Day 1

Today (Sunday) was the first day of competition for many sports and the day after the Opening Ceremony. Apparently some of the triathletes from Team BC were on TSN!!

After the ceremony (long but entertaining) the team walked to a local restaurant in anticipation that going back to the athletes village to try to eat would take too long. Good idea!! After an early dinner we went back to the village, (thanks to Team BC mission staff for picking us up) then rode the bikes down to the race site for a quick swim. The ocean water is very warm, 24 degrees so it is unlikely to be a wet suit swim on race day. Pics are from travel, opening ceremonies and dinner out.

Race prep is going well.. weather is cooperating so far and tomm is the “day before. ” More pics to come in future posts.

Here is the link to pics from the last 2 days. I'm not able to post pics directly to the blog right now.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Countdown is on to Canada Summer Games

Team BC heads to Summerside PEI today via a short stop overnight in Vancouver. Thankfully our group is well travelled and the 7 hour flight to Summerside will not be too difficult. Thanks to Coach PK for preparing our team so well and to Triathlon BC for their financial support for the trip.
Team BC - Alison Hooper, Christine Ridenour, Kyla Coates (alternate: Alex Coates) Jeff Phillips, Matt Sharpe, Cole Stewart (alternate: Aaron Thomas)

missing - Cole Stewart

Missing - Cole Stewart.