2 Manitoba triathletes secure spots on Team Canada for Rio Olympics
Tyler Mislawchuk, Sarah-Anne Brault to compete in 1st Olympic games
Triathletes Sarah-Anne Brault and Tyler Mislawchuk have both qualified for the Rio Olympics.
He started training when he was 16 years old as a way to cross train for hockey, he said.
"I knew I wasn't built to be a hockey player and I fell in love with [being a triathlete]," he said.
"I saw progression every day."
Calling his most recent accomplishment an "absolute honour," Mislawchuk said it's a big moment for him, but equally for his parents.
"They didn't get out much words when I told them, to be honest," he said.
"A few tears from both of them, which you don't see very often from my dad … They used to get up when I first started and would drive me to the pool at 6 a.m. every morning so I could get a swim workout in before I headed off to high school."
Mislawchuk said his parents would be back in the afternoon to pick him up again for another practice.
While he said he receives support from Triathlon Canada, Sport Canada and a few private sponsors, his training — which has taken him to more than 20 countries in two years — has primarily been funded by the "bank of mom and dad."
"Without them, I wouldn't be here," he said.
"It's as simple as that."
Brault, 26, was born in Quebec City but lived and trained in Manitoba between the ages of eight and 18. She was a backup for Team Canada during the 2012 London Olympics and came in first in the junior division during the 2008 Pan Am Games.
Triathlon Canada says Team Canada has secured two spots in the men's event and three in the women's at the upcoming Summer Games.
Rio will be a first-time Olympic experience for Mislawchuk and Brault.
With files from Benjamin Blum and Callum Ng