Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete & Canadian Olympian


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Kyle Jones vying for his first Pan Am medal in the triathlon

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On Sunday, July 12th, Kyle Jones will be vying for his first Pan Am medal in the triathlon. He’s finished fourth in last two Pan Am games in 2011 and 2007, and he’s the reigning national champion. Natalie Marconi caught up with him today as he trained near his home in Welland.

The picturesque countryside that surrounds Kyle Jones’s home in Welland, provides the perfect triathlon training grounds. He’s been a junior Canadian champion, a CIS champion, and a three-time national champion. He has traveled all over the globe winning at least half a dozen other competitions, and while he’s come-up just short in the last two Pan Am games, he has the home advantage this time. “I’d like to seize this opportunity for the third time is a charm…hopefully stand on the podium and hopefully that top step.

At the age of thirty, Jones says he has both the skill and experience to rank among the top competitors at the Pan Am games in Toronto. The forty kilometre road cycling course, and ten kilometre run are what Jones says he usually excels-in. But he hopes to fare just as well in the 15-hundred meter Lake Ontario swim that leads the race.

The men’s triathlon takes place Sunday July 12th, at 8:30 am, in and around Ontario Place, familiar territory for an athlete who grew-up in Oakville.

“We spend so much of the year travelling to different countries, so to have the opportunity to have something so close, and to have…everyone who has supported me. It will definitely make it a unique opportunity, something special.”


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Olympians to lead triathlon team at Pan Am Games

Six competitors have been selected to swim, bike and run throughout the Ontario Place West Channel at the Pan Am Games. Triathlon Canada’s picks include longtime national team members and newcomers to race in July.

The women’s team will be led by London 2012 Olympian Paula Findlay. She first became a national team member in 2006, competing in the World Junior Championship. Since then Findlay has built a resume of impressive performances, including becoming the first Canadian to win a World Triathlon Series event in 2010, something she has done five times.

Paula Findlay at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton on August 30, 2014.

Also in the mix for the women’s team are Joanna Brown and Ellen Pennock. Brown has been a junior triathlon star and Pennock has a World Cup silver to her name.

Team Canada at TO2015 athletes list 

The men’s side will look to impress with three strong performers. Olympian Kyle Jones will be out to win his first Pan Am medal on home soil after finishing fourth at Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011. After being named a London 2012 alternate, Andrew York placed fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year in a highly competitive field. Tyler Mislawchuk, the newest addition to the national team was the top performer this year placing 10th at the World Triathlon Series.

Kyle Jones

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to step up onto the podium and claim a medal. To have this opportunity at a home Games makes it that much more special. Having family, friends and people that have supported me through my entire career on the sidelines watching will be a unique experience that I look forward to.” Said Jones.

Triathlon will take place on the West Channel, one of five venues included in Pan AM Park. The women will compete on July 11 followed by the men on July 12. (Get tickets)

By Camille Wallace


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Kyle Jones and Amelie Kretz Crowned National Triathlon Champions in Quebec

MAGOG, Que.—Kyle Jones and Amelie Kretz successfully defended their national titles at the Canadian Triathlon Championships being held in conjunction with the Pan American Cup race in Magog, Que. on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Jones put his second win in consecutive weeks under his belt before heading to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The Oakville, Ont. based Olympian was the lone Canadian on the men’s podium after posting a winning time of 53 minutes 48.8 seconds in the sprint race which consists of a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5 kilometre run.

“Things felt really good today for me. I know my fitness is there and the body felt good. It was really neat to race against Alan (Webb) from the U.S. and I’m happy with how things went,” said Jones, who has rattled off three straight national titles. “These two races at home in Canada was perfect preparation for the Commonwealth Games. Not only being in a comfortable place, but having success was also good for me mentally.”

Jones was sandwiched on the podium by two Americans. Webb finished behind Jones in the sprint finish with a time of 53:50.7. Kaleb Vanort rounded out the men’s podium in third at 53:53.0. Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., was in the mix until midway through the run where he dropped off the pack to finish fourth at 54:03.08, giving him second place in the National Championships.

Jones, who is competing in his first-ever Commonwealth Games, crossed the finish line and kept on running to the airport to catch his flight to Glasgow.

“I’m really looking forward to representing Canada at the Games,” said Jones. “The men’s race is really top heavy with the Brownlees (Great Britain) obviously but I’m feeling good and I’m going to give everything I have. I think the course suits me over there.”

Meanwhile, Amelie Kretz, also won her second-straight Canadian Championship crown. Making her return from injury which has kept her out of most of the season, the Blainville, Que. native dropped the field to win the women’s elite sprint race handily with a time of 1:02:14.8.

Kretz pulled ahead of friend and training partner, Joanna Brown of Carp, Ont., who secured the silver medal with a time of 1:02:45.1. American, Summer Cook, grabbed the bronze at 1:03:01.2.


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Canada’s Kyle Jones Strikes Gold at Toronto’s ITU Pan American Cup Race

TORONTO— Kyle Jones completed a strong tune-up race before representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games by winning the men’s ITU Pan American Cup Race in Toronto on Saturday. Dominika Jamnicky captured her first career win in the women’s race.

The 29-year-old Jones, who grew up just west of Canada’s largest city in Oakville, Ont., was at the front of the pack through the 1.5-kilometre swim in Lake Ontario, the 40-kilometre bike that blasted past many of Toronto’s key landmarks and the 10-kilometre run where he pulled away from the field to post a winning time of 1:48:26.

Jones and Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., controlled the pace while marching shoulder-to-shoulder through each of the three legs until Hinton was forced to serve a penalty during the run allowing Jones, a 2012 Olympian – to run to gold in the unofficial test event for the 2015 Pan Am Games that will take place in exactly one years time in Toronto.

Hinton settled for the silver medal at 1:48:35. Jason Wilson, of Barbados, was third at 1:49:36.

Jones will now pack his bags and head off to Glasgow, Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, July 23 – August 3. The ITU Pan American Cup Race was being held in conjunction with the Toronto Triathlon Festival, which highlighted a weekend of sport and cultural celebrations as Toronto officially launched its one year countdown to hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Complete ITU Pan American Cup Results (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run): www.triathlon.org

Top-Six Men’s Results:

1. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont., CAN, 1:48:26; 2. Alexnder Hinton, Kingston, Ont., CAN, 1:48:35; 3. Jason Wilson, BAR, 1:49:36; 4. Gaspar Riveros, CHI, 1:49:55; 5. Alexix Lepage, Quebec, CAN, 1:50:00.

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