A triathlete's journey to the Olympics

An Olympic triathlon consists of a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and 10km run. What is most striking when watching a triathlon is the grit and determination of the athletes competing in the race. Sarah-Anne Brault is a perfect example of what that kind of grit and determination looks like, and the success those qualities can bring.

Rio Olympian and Team Canada Triathlete, Sarah-Anne competed in the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Saskatchewan. Since then she has travelled the world and competed in many international triathlon competitions. She was struck, however, by the similarities between the Canada Games and the Olympics.

“Compared to other competitions, the Canada Games is really the closest thing to the Olympics that I have experienced. I was surprised in Rio at how much it was like Canada Games” she said.  

Sarah-Anne battled through a trying and complicated qualifying process to represent Canada at the Olympics in 2016. While she had hoped for a better performance, Rio was a still great experience for Sarah.

“The course was awesome for triathlon. A lot of waves, and a big hill on the bike. It was awesome meeting other Canadians and sharing the experience with athletes from other sports.” Sarah-Anne said. 

She was well prepared for the 2016 Olympic selection process after coming very close to qualifying for the London Olympics in 2012.

While difficult, Sarah-Anne said her experience in 2012 helped her “understand how fine the line between yes and no is.”  

She had some good advice for athletes preparing for the upcoming Canada Summer Games:

“When I went to Regina in 2005 I wasn’t expecting to medal. I ended up winning the silver. Don’t sell yourself short,” she said. “Do all that you can in preparation, practice, and nutrition. Keep competing like you always do and have fun doing it. Don’t get too caught up in the outcome.”

Today, Sarah-Anne stays motived by seeing improvement in her performances and always having a goal to chase. Not every day is easy, but she loves training and is thankful to have good people around her.