Canadian Olympic Triathlete
World class triathlete Paula Findlay’s journey into the sport of triathlon began first as a swimmer which she been doing since she was 10 years old. She added the running component to her skill set during high school when she joined a track club at age 15. Paula tried her first triathlon a few years later and has been hooked ever since.
Her development in the sport has been steady and in her first competitive season in 2006, she competed at the World Junior Championships and made Canada’s Junior squad in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons where her best international performance was a sixth-place finish. Paula won the junior and senior national championships in 2008. She took another major step forward in 2009 when she finished third at the Under-23 World Championships.
In 2010, Paula shocked the world becoming the first Canadian triathlete to win
a World Championship Series event -- on the now-famous Hyde Park course in London, England. She then matched that performance
and was the only woman athlete to win back-to-back in 2010 when she
hopped onto the top step of the podium at the next race in Kitzbuhel,
Austria. The Edmontonian carried her success into the 2011 season
where she won the first three World Championship Series races of the
season -- Sydney, Madrid & Kitzbuhel.
Paula at the time was just turned 21 and she was ranked No. 1 in the world.
From late June 2011 through to the Olympics in London and most of 2013, a nagging hip injury limited Findlay to just five events, one of which she did not start, another of which she did not finish, and a disappointing performance at the London Olympics
A healthy Findlay is back to elite racing with some impressive results late in the 2014 and 2015 season.
She will continue to compete during 2016 with the goal of getting back in the mix at the ITU's WTS Series -- and getting a chance to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
26-year-old Findlay currently lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado under the expert guidance of her coach Neal Henderson.