Desirae Ridenour is a name you can expect to read on the University of Victoria Vikes' beat for the next five years. The Cowichan Secondary grad is an incoming women's cross-country and track recruit for the 2017-18 season and her entering accolades just got a bit more impressive as the Team BC triathlete became the first Team BC participant at the 2017 Canada Summer Games to medal. The blistering heat of Winnipeg, Man. didn't stop Ridenour from cashing in on a gold medal in a time of 1:04:39.40 and it's her third victory in three weeks of racing.
"I am just happy to come home with the gold and represent Team BC," said Ridenour, elated after topping the podium in 27 degrees with an air humidex of 40. "Hopefully, this will carry other teams to win more medals for us."
Ridenour has an extensive triathlete and track list of accomplishments but notably, the Cowichan Bay native broke UVic Sports Hall of Fame and Vikes runner Debbie Scott's Vancouver Island 1500-m Championship record this year. Ridenour seems to be laying down a fitting prelude after she also broke Scott's island championship record in the 3-km last season. Both records were over 40 years old validating Ridenour's current status as one of the top-20 under 19 triathletes in the world.
Read more about Ridenour coming to UVic HERE.
Recruit Bio: Desirae Ridenour
Events/Specialty Races: 1500m, 3000m, cross country.
Intended major/program: Sciences
High School (City): Cowichan Secondary (Duncan)
Hometown (City, Province): Cowichan Bay, B.C.
Previous teams/clubs: Duncan Stringrays Swim Team, National Performance Center Triathlon Canada
Previous competitions: BC High School Cross Country Championships: Grade 8-12, BC High School Track and Field Championships (1500m, 3000m): Grade 9-12.
Top achievements: 2017- Vancouver Island High School Championships (senior): 1500m & 3000m – 1st. Broke a 41 year old Vancouver Island record for 1500m (4:33.41); 2016- Vancouver Island High School Championships (senior): 1500m & 3000m – 1st. Broke 40 year old Vancouver Island record for 3000m. ( 9:48.42); 2016 – BC High School Provincial Championships (senior): 1500 m & 3000 m – 1st; 2015- Vancouver Island High School Championships (junior): 1500 m and 3000 m- 1st (set new Vancouver Island record for 3000m). (10:16.58), 2015 – BC High School Provincial Championships (junior): 3000m- 1st.
Cross Country, 2012-2016: 5-time consecutive winner in the Vancouver Island Championships senior girls category; 2013-2016: Top 8 result in senior girls category at BC High School Provincial Championships | Triathlon:
· 2016- ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Junior Elite– Cozumel, Mexico – 6th
· 2016 – Canadian Junior Elite Nationals- Ottawa, Ontario – 1st
· 2016 – Canadian Junior Elite Series Race #2 – Montreal, Quebec – 1st
· 2016 – Canadian Junior Elite Series Race #3 – Verdun, Quebec – 1st
· 2016 – Canadian Junior Elite Series Race #4 – Edmonton, Alberta – 1st
Individual Awards: Named Junior Elite Female Triathlete of the Year by Triathlon Canada for 2016
About Team BC
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About the Canada Games
The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition with participation from every province and territory in Canada. The Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer. The 2017 Canada Summer Games run July 28 to August 13 in Winnipeg, bringing together approximately 4,000 athletes, coaches, and managers from every province and territory to compete in 16 sports. The Canada Games will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017 coinciding with Canada 150. Visit www.canadagames.ca.