Weight: 56 kg
Date of Birth: May 26, 1989
Place of Birth: Edmonton
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Paulas introduction to the sport of triathlon began first as a swimmer which she been doing since she was 10 years old. She added the running component to her skillset during high school when she joined a track club at age 15. Paula tried her first triathlon a few years later and has been hooked ever since.
Her development in the sport has been steady, and she wasted little time in making a statement to the world about her arrival onto the international scene. In her first competitive season in 2006, she competed at the World Junior Championships and made Canadas Junior squad in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons where her best international performance was a sixth-place finish. Paula won the junior and senior national championships in 2008. She took another major step forward in 2009 when she finished third at the Under-23 World Championships.
But Paulas official entrance onto the world stage came three years ago on the 2012 Olympic course at the historic Hyde Park in London, England.
Paula shocked the world becoming the first Canadian triathlete to win a World Triathlon Series event. She then matched that performance and was the only woman athlete to win back-to-back in 2010 when she hopped onto the top step of the podium at the next race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. The Edmontonian carried her success into the pre-Olympic season where she won the first three World Championship Series races of the season.
Paula battled back from a nagging hip injury to achieve her Olympic dream when she hit start line in London last summer in a heart-breaking race where she courageously fought her way to the finish.
With her first taste of the Olympics now stored in her memory bank, Paula is now healthy and regaining her fitness in the long rebuild to elite form both mentally and physically.
First Canadian athlete to win a World Championship Series event, and only woman to win back-to-back in 2010
Won gold medal at 2011 World Championship Series event in Sydney, Australia
Won gold medal at 2011 World Championship Series event in Kitzbuhel, Austria
Won gold medal at 2011 World Championship Series event in Madrid, Spain
Won gold medal at 2010 World Championship Series event in London, England
Won gold medal at 2010 World Championship Series event in Kitzbuhel, Austria
Finished fifth at 2010 World Championship Series Grand Final in Budapest, Hungary
Won gold medal at 2010 World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico
Won 2010 Canadian Championships
Won bronze medal at 2009 Under-23 World Championships
Won the 2008 Junior, Under-23 and Senior Canadian Triathlon Championships in 2008
Finished ninth at 2008 World Junior Triathlon Championships
Won 2009 ITU Premium Pan Am Cup in Coteau-du-lac
Won the Junior PATCO Triathlon Championships in 2007
Finished sixth at the World Junior Triathlon Championships 2007
Winner of the 2006 Canadian Junior Triathlon Development Series
Finished 23rd at the World Junior Cross-Country Championships in 2008
Finished second at the CIS National University Championships in 2008 (Cross country & 3000m)
2012 Olympic Summer Games, London, England: 52
2011 World Cup, Mooloolaba, Australia: 4
2011 World Championship Series, Sydney, Australia: 1
2011 World Championship Series, Kitzbuhel, Austria: 1
2011 World Championship Series, Madrid, Spain: 1
2011 Pan American Cup, Kelowna, B.C.: 2
2011 World Championship Series, London, England: 29
2011 World Championship Series Grand Final, Beijing, China: DNF
2010 World Cup, Monterrey, Mexico: 1
2010 World Cup, Des Moines, Iowa: 4
2010 Canada Cup, Coteau du Lac, Que.: 1
2010 World Championship Series, London, England: 1
2010 World Championship Series, Kitzbuhel, Austria: 1
2010 Canadian Championships, Kelowna, B.C.: 1
2010 World Championship Series Grand Final, Budapest, Hungary: 5
2009 ITU Premium Pan Am Cup, Coteau-du-lac: 1
2009 World Cup, Des Moines, U.S.A.: DNF
2009 World Championship Series, Kitzbuhel, Austria: 16
2009 World Championship Series, Hamburg, Germany: 15
2009 National Championships, Kelowna, B.C.: 3
2009 Under-23 World Championships, Gold Coast, Australia: 3
Triathlon Canada is pleased to announce we will be holding a Paratriathlon Development Camp in Northumberland County, ON on May 27-29, 2014.