Amelie Kretz

About me

Hello,

My name is Amelie Kretz, 22 years old Canadian national team athlete and student at University of Guelph, Ontario, in Applied human nutrition.

I grew up in Ste-Therese Quebec, a little town in the Laurentians about 30 minutes north of Montreal. As a kid, I was always really active, I’ve been involved in sports my whole life, from hockey, ski, golf, mountain biking, soccer and Triathlon. However, triathlon has been an ever growing passion since I was 8 years old.

One day during the summer of 2001, my dad asked me if I wanted to try a triathlon. Being very curious about any new sports, I immediately said yes and a few days later we were in the car driving to Trois-Riviere, Quebec for a local race. As soon as the race started, I was hooked and my passion for triathlon never stopped growing since then.

I raced on the quebec cups circuit until I was 15 years old and was old enough to race the national junior series. Back then, I was coached by Kyla Rollinson and she taught me pretty much all I know about elite racing and wouldn’t be here without her.

I raced as a junior for 4 years, traveling around Canada to race the national junior series and traveling around the continent for PanAmerican races.

My breakthrough year was definitely in 2012, my last year as a junior. I won all the national series races as well as the North American championships. I also competed in my first ever World championships that year and came 6th. 2013 was a turning point in my progression. I made the big and delicate jump to the senior ranks, doubling the distance to the Olympic level, and facing better and deeper fields on the continental, World cups and world series circuit in 2013. That year, I competed in my first ever World cup in Edmonton, Canada and won the race. I also finished the season as the Senior and U23 elite National Champion and U23 elite bronze medalist at the world championships. Finally, in 2015, I started racing the big girls on the World Triathlon series and got my best result so far in London finishing in 9th.

I now train with the Wollongong Wizards, based in Australia during the Canadian winter and in Spain during the summer. The Wizards are a group of high performance triathletes from around the world. I train daily with some fellow Canadians as well as Australians, a Chilien, South african and the current world champion, Gwen Jorgensen from USA all being coached by Jamie Turner. When I am back in Canada, I am also part of the RTC Guelph, a Triathlon Canada center in Ontario coached by Craig Taylor. I am really lucky to be surrounded by great groups of training partners and friends as well as a world class coaches.

I am also really lucky to have a supportive family that follows me around the world for my most important races. My parents have always been supportive  and without them I wouldn’t be the athlete I am right now and will be forever grateful for their amazing support.

Hightlight

2016

  • 6th New Plymouth, NZ, ITU World cup
  • 8th Yokohama Japan, ITU World Triathlon series
  • 35th Hamburg, Germany, ITU World Triathlon series
  • 2nd Malmo Sweden, ITU European Cup
  • 34th Rio Olympic Games
  • Triathlon Canada Elite Triathlete-of-the-Year (Women)
  • Triathlon Quebec Elite Triathlete-of-the-Year (Women)

2015

  • 1st at the ITU Oceania cup in Wollongong, Australia
  • 2nd at the ITU World cup in Mooloolaba, Australia
  • 13th at the World triathlon series in Gold Coast Australia
  • 9th at the World triathlon series in London, United-Kingdom

Summer 2014

  • 4th at the ITU PanAmerican cup in Clermont, Florida
  • 2nd at the ITU PanAmerican cup in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1st at the ITU PanAmerican relay championships in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1st at the Canadian elite national championships and ITU PanAmerican cup in Magog, Canada
  • 6th at U23 elite World championships in Edmonton, Canada
  • 8th at the ITU sprint World Cup in Cozumel Mexico
  • 25th at the ITU olympic World Cup in Tongyeong, South Korea

Summer 2013

  • 2nd at the ITU PanAmerican cup in Mazatlan, Mexico 2013
  • 5th at the ITU PanAmerican cup in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1st at the ITU PanAmerican cup in BridgeTown, Barbados
  • 1st at the ITU World cup in Edmonton, Canada
  • Elite Senior National champion
  • Elite U23 National champion
  • 12th at the ITU World cup in Palamos,
  • 3rd at the ITU U23 elite world championships in London, Great-Britain

Summer 2012

  • 1st at the ITU Junior North-American championships in Huatulco, Mexico
  • 1st at the Junior national series race in Saskatoon, Canada
  • 4th at the ITU PanAmerican championships in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1st at the Junior national series race in Magog, Quebec
  • 1st at the Junior national series race in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1st at the Junior national championships in Kelowna, British Colombia
  • 6th at the ITU Junior elite world championships in Auckland, New-Zealand

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