Amateur Athletes | Elite Performance
The T1Triathlon HP Team is the premier elite age group team for triathletes looking to work towards their International Pro Card
The T1 High Performance Team’s vision is to produce many professional and elite level triathletes from age-group athletes who show talent and drive to be the best.
The T1 High Performance Triathlon Team aims to provide an outlet for elite level age-group triathletes to work towards their pro-card, under the direction of elite-level coach, Kyle Jensen. Team members receive professional coaching and team sponsorships and endorsements while becoming advocates for the sport of triathlon and T1 Triathlon Coaching.
The team’s mission will be achieved through the T1 Mentorship Program in which team members receive free coaching and benefits of team sponsorships. In turn, T1 High Performance Team members are advocates of triathlon, fair play, sportsmanship, and the T1 coaching strategy.
meet our 2018 high performance team
Every year, we accept applications to the T1 High Performance Team between August 1 and Oct 15 from athletes looking to race for our elite high performance team. Our High Performance Team members receive free coaching, sponsorship opportunities and are members of an elite group of like-minded triathletes.
I started in triathlon when I was 19 and was immediately hooked. I enjoyed seeing what the human body could do and pushing the limits really interested me. I didn’t start training for competitive triathlon until I was 23 and I want to continue to push my body to new heights in the hopes of a professional career.
Years in Triathlon: 5
Hometown: Airdrie, AB
Current Club: Kronos Triathlon Club
Career Accomplishments: 2016 Canadian Age Group World Championships Team Member, 2016 Alberta Triathlon Association U-40 Male Athlete of the Year, Multiple Top 10 Finishes at Canadian National U26 Draft Legal Series
yume kobayashi (Peace river, ab)
My first impression: Triathletes are crazy.
I did my very first triathlon in 2013 after some pros from my masters swim club convinced me to signed up. I had a way-too-big mountain bike, my swim suit, and a pair of shorts to pull on for the bike and run.
It wasn't a fairy tale love story. I didn't even think about trying signing up for another one until 3 years later.
I work as an ER nurse in norther Alberta. I work lots and shifts are often crazy. I guess you have to find balance somewhere.
My first season was wracked with haphazard training on my own and racing, but I guess I did well enough to qualify for ITU worlds and to start working with Kyle and the T1 team.
Last year I started the season with some long course events and a stress fracture, which was both physically and mentally challenging to recover from. I ended the season with some olympic distance racing that sparked the fire in my heart again for the sport.
So I guess one would call that love at second sight.
This year, I'm excited to continue racing short-course this year, focusing on improving my skills and power on the bike and putting some speed into those legs on the run. I still have so much to learn – which I love!!
I envision doing short course for another year or two, hopefully finishing up the next few seasons with strong results and then moving into the 70.3 distance.
Years in Triathlon: 6
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Career Accomplishments: 2017 ITU Age Group World Championships 28th, Multiple Podium Finishes in 2017 (ITU Edmonton, ITU Montreal, Switzerland)
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Jason Klein (Seattle, WA)
I come from a running and cycling background and decided to take up triathlons in 2013 after moving to Seattle for an MD/PhD program. I began racing local triathlons and loved the sport and community. That year, I started the University of Washington Triathlon Club with a couple friends, which has since grown to one of the dominant teams in the Pacific Northwest. I traveled to my first race in 2015. I had wanted to qualify for Team USA for several years, and decided to race the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships. At that point, my half distance PR was 5:12. Nevertheless, I flew to Oklahoma, confident that I would race well. I loved traveling for the race; the extra excitement and anxiety drove me to a 26 minute PR and a spot on Team USA for 2016, where I finished 6th in my AG and was the second american. My current focus is on longer distance triathlons. This year, I raced in Ironman 70.3 Victoria, Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene, Ironman 70.3 World Championships and Ironman Los Cabos, my first full. I am looking forward to some podium finishes next season at Ironman races, and ultimately getting that ticket to Kona.
Years in Triathlon: 4
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Current Club: University of Washington Triathlon Club
Career Accomplishments: Age Group USAT National Duathlon Championships 3rd, 2017 Team USA Member at ITU Duathlon Sprint World Championships, 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship USA Member, 2:55 Paris Marathon
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Kyriakos athens-hunsberger (toronto, on)
I’m someone who grew up playing sports my whole life. Mainly playing golf and hockey when I was younger and eventually discovering a love of endurance running when I was 12. I finished my first half-marathon when I was 13 and started taking things a bit more seriously. When I was 15 I decided I wanted to race a marathon and began training until I got a stress fracture. I had always liked the idea of triathlon after seeing Kona in TV, but I never really trained for it until I was unable to run. 6 months later when I raced my first triathlon I fell in love with it. This love of sport also led me to go to the University of Toronto for kinesiology, where I am currently in my second year.
This year I want to go sub 4:30 for a half Ironman and get my International Competition Card with the hopes of racing professionally in 2019.
Years in Triathlon: 3
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Current Club: University of Toronto Triathlon Club
Career Accomplishments: 2017 Canadian Standard National Champion (18-19 AG), 2017 ITU AG World Championship Team Canada
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Catherine Alcorn (Calgary, AB)
I am a 24 year old amateur triathlete living in Calgary. I grew up in Red Deer and spent the majority of my childhood swimming competitively. In high school I decided to switch my focus to x-country and track. In grade 12 a family friend suggested that I should look into racing triathlons. Despite being a horrible cyclist, I decided to compete in the Canadian junior elite circuit - it was a steep learning curve. I would exit the water in the lead pack, drop down to last place during the bike and then try to pass as many girls as possible on the run. Oddly enough, I was hooked.
After high school I completed the first two years of my undergrad at Red Deer College and competed on the x-countyr and track team. Triathlon took a backseat as I focused on running and took up crossfit and olympic lifting competitively. In 2014 I transferred to the UofC to finish my Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology with Distinction. I decided to switch my focus back to triathlon and joined the Krono's Triathlon Club. My first few seasons were fraught with injury and poor performances. This past summer I had a break through and managed to finish on the podium at all of the races I competed in. Based on these successes, I have decided to take some time off from school and put all of my energy into triathlon.
Years in Triathlon: 6
Hometown: Red Deer, AB
Current Club: Kronos Triathlon Club
Career Accomplishments: 1st overall Vancouver Triathlon 2017, 2nd overall Heart of the Rockies Triathlon 2017 (1st age group 20-24), 3rd overall Wasa Triathlon 2017 (1st age group 20-24), 3rd overall Edmonton Triathlon 2017 (1st age group 20-24)