Paula Findlay

Canadian Olympian and Professional Triathlete

Canadian Olympian and Professional 70.3 Triathlete

Paula Findlay is as big a name as it gets when it comes to triathlon in Canada. Her journey in the sport began as a swimmer when she was 10 years old, growing up in Edmonton, Alberta. She found a love for running while in high school, and in 2006, her coach talked her into getting a bike and trying her first triathlon. That year, she qualified for her first Junior World Championship team and the fire was officially lit.

Paula exploded on the international scene as a 21 year old when she won 5 ITU World Championship Series races in a row over the span of two seasons, a feat no woman in history had achieved. She competed in London at the 2012 Olympic Games, and at the 2015 Pan American games for Canada. 

In 2017, in search of a fresh challenge, Paula decided to test her fitness on the long-course side of the sport. The longer distance and the non-drafting bike leg were both factors that played to her strengths. In May 2018, in her 3rd 70.3 ever, she won the North American Pro Championships in St George, Utah, solidifying her ranks amongst the best long course triathletes in the world. 

In an age of social media algorithms and filtration, Paula stands out with her unique twist on the triathlon lifestyle. She trains out of Portland, Oregon and Canmore, AB with her boyfriend and fellow pro triathlete Eric Lagerstrom. Their love for photography and video allows them to share their journey and stories with fans through their social media platforms. Often traveling from training camps and races in their big Sprinter van, they’ve made a distinctive mark together on the triathlon scene.

While Paula’s primary athletic goal is to win races and improve each year, as an ambassador of the sport and of her partners, she seeks to build lasting relationships in order to share the products she loves in an authentic and real way. Triathlon is an evolving sport where there is value beyond being on the podium, so her honest and organic connection with her audience makes her a crowd favourite in the triathlon world. 

Paula’s long-course career is just getting going and at 30 years old with renewed mojo — it will be exciting to see what she can accomplish. Her main goal is to be on the podium at the 70.3 World Championships in 2020.


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