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Paula Findlay leads a mixed team of vets, rising stars on Pan Am triathlon team

06/14/2015 11:57 EDT | Updated 06/14/2016 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - Olympian Paula Findlay headlines Canada's triathlon team for the Pan American Games.

The 26-year-old from Edmonton, who is a five-time World Triathlon Series winner, will lead a mixed group of veterans and newcomers on the opening two days of the July 10-26 Games.

"Being a part of Team Canada at a major Games brings a huge amount of pride," Findlay said in a release. "This will be one of my targeted races this season, along with our two Olympic qualifying events in Rio and Chicago."

Findlay is looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking performance at the 2012 London Olympics where she was marred by injury and finished last.

Ellen Pennock, a World Cup silver medallist from Calgary and a member of Canada's team at last summer's Commonwealth Games, and Joanna Brown from Carp, Ont., join Findlay on the women's team.

Amelie Kretz of Blainville, Que., was originally selected to the team, but will not be able to race due to injury.

Kyle Jones, a World Cup medallist from Oakville, Ont., and Andrew Yorke of Caledon East, Ont., who finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games last summer, lead the men's team. Tyler Mislawchuk, a 20-year-old from Oak Bluff, Man., rounds out the squad.

The Canadian team will stage their final training sessions in King City, Ont., on July 5 before arriving in Toronto on July 8. Triathlon is first out of the gate at Ontario Place West Channel with the women’s race set for July 11 followed by the men on July 12.

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