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Posted: August 16, 2005

Triathlon: First Olympic Triathlon Teammates expecting first babies

Isabelle Turcotte-Baird and Sharon Donnelly
Isabelle Turcotte-Baird and Sharon Donnelly

Sydney Olympic triathletes Sharon Donnelly (Kingston, ON) and Isabelle Turcotte-Baird (Quebec City, QC) are considered two of Canada’s most outstanding athletes. These Sydney Olympians ran into each other at the Caledon Continental Cup this past July.

Donnelly is a three-time Canadian Champion, 1999 Pan American Games champion and a Sydney Olympian. Turcotte-Baird is a two-time bronze medalist from the Canadian National Championships, and was the first Canadian woman to qualify for the inaugural Sydney Olympic Triathlon.

Despite both athletes recent retirements from the Canadian National Team, (Sharon retired from the professional ranks of the sport of triathlon last December, and Isabelle retired in January of 2003), they both remain heavily involved in the sport of triathlon.

Turcotte-Baird is on the Executive Board of Triathlon Canada, while Donnelly is the Athlete Representative for Triathlon Canada and the Spokesperson for the National Women’s Triathlon Series. “Their work for Triathlon Canada is invaluable,” says Triathlon Canada’s Executive Director Alan Trivett. “Without them, we would not be as successful as we are now.”

By working with Triathlon Canada, both Turcotte-Baird and Donnelly have been able to give back to the sport. Their hard work and their dedication to the sport and athletes is nothing short of monumental. Having such incredible role models around helps to inspire not just Canada’s up-and-coming triathletes, but first-timers and age-groupers as well.

To keep busy after her retirement, Donnelly became the Race Director for the inaugural CFB triathlon in Kingston this past May. She teaches 2 physical education classes at Saint Lawrence College, and was leading a 2 hour indoor bike training class up until April. Turcotte-Baird is a motivational speaker and also involved with CAAWS (Canadian Associations of Advancement of Women in Sport). This is on top of her work on the Executive Board of Triathlon Canada, and as a physiotherapist.

Sharon Donnelly and her husband David Rudnicki are expecting their first child around the third week of October. Isabelle Turcotte-Baird and her husband, Ian Baird, are also expecting their first child at the end of August. Says Donnelly, “I was excited when I learned that Isabelle was pregnant - We can now compare baby stories rather than training or injury stories!! These will be the first babies of the first Triathlon Olympic Team!”

Triathlon Canada thanks them both for their incredible work and wishes them the best of luck in all of their future endeavours.

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Source: Triathlon Canada.

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