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A stand-out runner with Hillcrest High School’s Green Machine, this three-time team captain and Track Athlete of the Year, earned a scholarship to Jacksonville University in 1983. Competing successfully at running and triathlon events, he set school records and went on to serve as an assistant coach with the team.

Dominating local and regional events, he decided to focus his attention on a full-time professional triathlon career, a sport that involves such challenges as swimming 1.5 km, cycling 40 km and running 10 km. Maintaining a grueling training and competition schedule he competed in triathlons all across Canada and the U.S.  In 1988 his efforts paid off with a 9th place finish at the over 1,500 field U.S.T.S. National Championships in Hilton Head and a 4th place showing at the Montreal World Triathlon.

In 1989 he won the triple crown of Canadian triathlon as the Canadian Short and Long Course champion, and winner of the seven-race Royal LePage Grand Prix Series.  His 13th place showing at the World Triathlon Championships in France sewed up the 1989 Canadian Triathlete of the Year honours.  His accomplishments also earned him a spot on the Canadian National Triathlon Team and a trip to the 1990 Commonwealth Games as team captain for the demonstration event in New Zealand.

Following an impressive 7th place finish in the highly competitive 10 race U.S. Bud Lite Triathlon Series in 1991, he decided to push his limits a little further.  In 1992 he entered his first Ironman Canada Triathlon, placing 6th amongst a field of 1,400 and as the top Canadian.  Next up was the grueling Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships, where his 32nd place top Canadian finish guaranteed him the title of the 1992 Canadian Ironman of the Year.

For the next five years, this incredible athlete continued to put in impressive performances at races around the country and around the world, never falling below an 8th place ranking in Canadian National or Ironman Canada events.

Retiring from professional competition in 1998 he continued his involvement in the sport as a builder, serving as the triathlon representative on the Canadian Olympic Association Athletes Council, passing on the knowledge he gained from his years of success as one of Canada’s finest triathletes.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 24, 2005

Paul White

Thunder Bay
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