My Triathlon World Championships

I signed up for my first triathlon after not finishing a 3km swim. Not finishing the open water race was partly due to a nagging knee injury but also due to me giving up on myself halfway through the race. It was a decision I instantly regretted. Sitting in the backseat of my parents car, utterly disappointed, I decided right then and there that I would finish a triathlon.

Looking back at it now, this may have been a bit ambitious. I hated running and wasn't much of a cyclist. But I was determined to meet my goal, so I started the long process of training.

One year later I completed my first race, a Super Sprint triathlon. From the moment the race started, I was hooked. Not only did I find something that I was good at, I found something that was just so much fun!  I placed 9th overall, 3rd in my gender and 1st in my age category. For a first timer, it’s an accomplishment I'm still very proud of. From then on, I decided to pursue triathlon with everything I had. With my newfound love, I set out to get better, to be the best I could possibly be. I sat down and registered for dozens more races and set some serious goals for myself, ones that looking back seemed almost impossible. But like my ambitious first triathlon, I was determined to reach these goals.

Since that first race, I have continued to push myself and improve my performance beyond what I could have ever dreamed. From getting onto multiple podiums as one of the top 3 women, to coming first overall in several swim races, the sport has really showed me that anything is possible.

Top 3 in my age category at Meech Lake Triathlon

first place overall at Bring on the Bay's 1.5km swim

My first triathlon

In June 2017, the hard work and long hours of training paid off and my goal was achieved. I qualified for a spot on Team Canada's Age Group Team. This means that in 2018 I will be able to compete at the Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. 

This is a huge honour, but it is also quite expensive. The Age Group team is entirely self-funded. This means that I will be paying for the race ($250), flight ($2000), room and board ($1100) and management fees ($615) all out of pocket. As a university student, and part-time lifeguard, this poses quite a challenge for me. This is where I need your help. Your funds will help me both represent Team Canada abroad and realize my dream.

Triathlon has taught me so much in such a short time: discipline, mental toughness, determination and to be proud of everything my body can accomplish. Representing Canada on an international stage will be such an amazing privilege and I would be so thankful if you could be a part of this with me.


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Erin McRae 
Greely, ON
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