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.”