About the Team

The UBC Thunderbirds Triathlon Sport Club is dedicated to providing an environment for committed, competitively oriented triathletes to train, develop and compete in Olympic and Sprint distance races at a high level whilst studying at The University of British Columbia. Our athletes race together in three competitions during the school year from September to April, including the UBC Tri/Du. In the summer, team members enter additional races elsewhere. Furthermore, our team hopes to be involved in the inception of a Western Canadian Collegiate League for triathlon in the Fall of 2017.

Feel like one sport isn’t enough? Look no further! The UBC Thunderbirds Triathlon Sport Club is for anyone who is committed to training for all three disciplines and competing at a high level in the sport. We take advantage of the unique inclusive character of triathlon. Athletes usually have a strong suit discipline and one with more room for improvement which leads to a unique training environment in a committed team that pushes everyone to be their best self, both personally and athletically.



We are going to be at Imagine Day on September 5th and will be holding an information session on September 8th (6:30 pm, IBLC 261) in which anyone interested is encouraged to attend. In the following two weeks, there will be a free two week try-out practice period in which we are mainly looking for competitively-oriented, committed athletes with a positive attitude. The roster will be finalized at the end of the two week try-out period based on commitment and performance throughout the try-out period.


Eligibility Requirements:

No prior race experience is required. In our athletes, we’re seeking commitment to our training plan, hard work, a positive attitude at practices, and being supportive of the rest of the team in training and competition.

Equipment requirements:

  • Basic running gear
  • Well maintained road/triathlon bike + cycling gear
  • Basic swimming gear

Athlete requirements:

  • Attend at least four practices a week (one of each discipline + one strength session).
  • Compete in at least two of the three chosen races during the school year and in at least one additional race in the summer.

Academic Requirements:

Team members are required to maintain good academic standing – minimum 60% average or passing standards as identified by their faculty – and must not be on academic probation.

Team members must be students at the University of British Columbia who are registered in an Undergraduate or Graduate 9-credit course load per term in the current session, or fulfilling the requirements for a PhD/Masters, or Co-op Program. (Students registered in diploma programs, certificate programs, or affiliated colleges/ programs with the University of British Columbia including: Carey Theological College, Regent College, St. Mark’s College, and the Vancouver School of Theology, are not eligible for active membership in a UBC Thunderbirds Sport Club.)


Practice Schedule

Between Monday and Friday, we offer six 1h coached sessions which break down into two swims, two spins/bike sessions  and two runs. On the weekends we offer a long ride and a long run for building endurance as well as a strengthening session in the BirdCoop gym on Sunday evening.

For exact times, please refer to the calendar.



The Roster will be finalized and posted at the end of the two week try-out period in September.


Team Fees

The triathlon team fee is 210 $ per semester which will mainly cover coaching and lane space in the aquatic centre. Additionally, there is an 85 $ TSC athlete fee per year which includes a TSC T-Shirt and will cover access to the Birdcoop for two semesters.


Competition Schedule

We compete as a team in the Cultus Lake Triathlon, the UBC Tri/Du and the Point Grey Triathlon. Competing in other races in the summer is encouraged.

For exact dates, please refer to the calendar.

Results will be posted as the season progresses.

The UBC Thunderbirds Triathlon Sport Club is newly founded for the 2017-2018 academic year from the well standing AMS UBC Triathlon Club that boasts a number of Triathlon Canada Age-Group athletes as well as now-professional athletes that were part of the club and we’re excited to take the sport to a next level at UBC. The AMS UBC Triathlon club has successfully worked to promote an active, healthy lifestyle and create a great community around the sport at UBC for more than 15 years and adding a more competitive branch to that community is a logical expansion.

For the AMS Triathlon Club, the UBC Tri/Du has been the central race of the year with the biggest showing for the club since its inception. We want to keep that tradition, making it one of the key competitions for the team every year.

Name Position Email
Ali AlEthawy Marketing and Communication triathlon.sc@ubc.ca
Andrew Suvan Travel and Safety triathlon.sc@ubc.ca
Anna Bennett Club Lead triathlon.sc@ubc.ca
Florian Heinkel Marketing and Communication triathlon.sc@ubc.ca
Matthew Anthony Finance triathlon.sc@ubc.ca

If you’re looking try out triathlon for the first time or only want to train recreationally with a great group of people, get in ridiculous shape, and be part of an amazing community, the AMS UBC Triathlon Club is the right place for you.

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Triathlon
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Building
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

604-822-3683 triathlon.sc@ubc.ca

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