|The 2007 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Cup officially announced its arrival to the city of Vancouver after a successful public launch at English Bay, just off the race course. Many came out and braved the heavy rains to show their support as Vancouver will host a World Cup race for the first time since 1991. |
Top Canadian triathletes came out to help celebrate the return of triathlon to Vancouver including Lauren Groves, the top ranked Canadian woman from 2006, and reigning junior World Champion Kirsten Sweetland. They spoke to the students from King George Secondary and Lord Roberts Elementary who were in attendance to get them excited about triathlon’s return to Vancouver.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Vancouver’s going to be hosting this event, it’s not everyday that we get to race on our home soil. In the past when the Vancouver triathlon has taken place on the same course, it’s been my favourite race. We often travel the world and don’t get the chance to race the local races at home so now that this is a major race, we’ll definitely be here,” said Groves.
“We get to bring the world’s best back home to here, we get to show off triathlon to you guys and hopefully we can show off this beautiful city to the rest of the world and have everyone come back for the world championships,” said Sweetland.
They also joked about how Vancouver’s typical spring weather of rain may help them during the race.
“We’re actually hoping secretly that the weather will be like this today. I think we’ll have a home course advantage and the Australians and Kiwis, they won’t know what hit them!” said Groves.
Competing at home is an element of the race that especially motivates them and something both are thrilled about. The city, the people and the weather aren’t the only advantages for Vancouver native Groves.
“I’m excited to sleep in my own bed for a World Cup, when does that ever happen?” said Groves.
One of the many benefits of hosting an international sports event like a World Cup triathlon is that it allows people to get involved and inspires them to participate in sports.
Dr. Fry encouraged the community’s youth to be active by getting physical and moving.
The children’s triathlon and the various age-group categories is an excellent opportunity for the local youth to get active and challenge themselves.
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