Paula Findlay and Simon Whitfield took a major step forward towards representing Canada at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, thanks to a discretionary selection made by Triathlon Canada during the organization’s recent Annual General Meeting.
The national body for triathlon in Canada nominated the nation’s top-two ranked triathletes to the Canadian Olympic Committee for consideration to be named to the 2012 Olympic squad. Triathlon Canada made the discretionary selections following the first qualifying period based on both of the athlete’s ability to demonstrate medal potential.
“Paula emerged into one of the top-ranked triathletes in the world prior to getting injured this season. We believe early selection will allow her to focus on maintaining her health while properly preparing to compete at her best in London without chasing standards over the next seven months,” said Alan Trivett, executive director, Triathlon Canada. “Simon is a proven performer and another medal-potential athlete in our system who we want to have focusing solely on peaking in London. Our journey is simple – to land on the podium in London. We believe these two athletes will help us achieve this goal.”
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