Spring is a time of renewal and change, so it's perhaps fitting that we announce the end of the RTC Guelph program, and the beginning of the Guelph Triathlon Project.
In sport, change is the only constant. For the last 10 years, the program at Guelph has been supported and aligned with Triathlon Ontario, Triathlon Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO). We began as the Provincial Triathlon Centre in 2007, supported by Triathlon Ontario and the Coaches Association of Ontario. By 2010, Triathlon Canada and CSIO came on board, and we became the Regional Triathlon Centre, Guelph. As we enter the 2017 season, Triathlon Canada has decided to restructure and reprioritize the High Performance program, resulting in a decision to close the RTC Guelph program.
While change can be unsettling, it also brings opportunity. For our team, it means a chance to use the best of what we've learned to build an exciting future. The "Guelph Triathlon Project" will have several facets, but the common thread will be an unwavering belief that a committed group of like-minded people can create an environment where everyone can explore and realize their potential; that we can pursue education while pursuing sport; that we can compete against the best; and that we can do it from Canada.
We'll have more to share in the coming weeks and months on this vision, but first, we offer our thanks:
This post won't do justice to the many people and organizations who have supported us along the way, but I hope it conveys our sense of gratitude for the opportunities we've been given, and the strength of the community support we've enjoyed. Thanks to Linda Kirk, Alan Fairweather and Dawn Larson for launching and guiding the PTC in our earliest days, and for supporting us through every iteration of the program. Thanks to Triathlon Ontario, Triathlon Canada, CSIO and the University of Guelph for being partners in building and sustaining the program. Thanks to our amazing endurance community in Guelph: Speed River Bicycle Shop, The Running Works, Speed River Track & Field, Speed River Bike Club, the Guelph Marlins, the Guelph Gryphons, Speed River Physio, the Health & Performance Centre, and a host of others who make this a special place to live and train. Thanks to the many coaches, administrators, board members and leaders in triathlon - private and pubic, national and international - who have guided, shaped, cheered, and challenged us.
Finally, and most importantly, thank you to the athletes, past and present. There is no greater responsibility than guiding talent; no greater joy than engaging with individuals who are committed to the work; and no greater satisfaction than seeing athletes grow to own the processes and test themselves in competition.
Friends, it's been an exciting decade. We'll be working hard to build an even more exciting future.