Two local triathletes, James Olson-Keating of Bracebridge and Ian Markham of Huntsville, have continued to excel on a provincial level as both boys finished in the top five in their age category at this year’s Triathlon Ontario Youth Cup Series.
The 12-13 year old age category of the Series featured four different events held across the province this summer, and ranked athletes using a point system on their best three races. Billed by Triathlon Ontario as an integral part of the Provincial Development Program, the objective of the Series is to provide young athletes in two different age categories (12-13 and 14-15) a race environment that allows them to transition from primarily participation-focused events to a more competitive race experience.
This year, races began in July and were held at Belle River, Orillia and Dunrobin with the final event at the Multisport Canada Lakeside course on September 12.
The challenge for top spot in 2015 in the 12-13 year category was hardly a contest. Olson-Keating won all four races of the summer to earn the maximum 75 points in the Series and have his name engraved on the Youth Cup trophy. Markham, who has been competing in triathlons like the Port Sydney Kids Tri since he was six, also had a strong season finishing fifth overall with 50 points.
For information on upcoming events or memberships with Triathlon Ontario next summer, visit their website here.