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.