Congratulations to Heather Wurtele of Team Wurtele for recently being named the 2015 Multisport Athlete of the Year (Female) by Triathlon Canada, the country’s official sanctioning authority. This was the second year in a row that Heather was recognized as Canada’s top female long-course triathlete.
Described by Triathlon Canada as “the woman to watch in 2015,” Heather Wurtele was selected due to her consistently strong performances throughout the year which included a victory at the North American IRONMAN 70.3 Championship.
“2015 was a great year for me. The race course is where we get to lay it all on the line, and it is very satisfying when your hard work translates into top results at big races! It’s definitely an honour to have your sporting achievements recognized by your National Federation. ” said Heather.
In addition to her North American IRONMAN 70.3 Championship win, Heather placed second at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship and first at IRONMAN 70.3 Racine. She also stood on the 2nd place podium at Challenge Dubai and IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside in 2015.
“Being named Canada’s multisport athlete of the year is a well-deserved honor for Heather. While her professionalism and dedication to the sport payoff with stellar performances on race days, it’s also a real achievement for Heather to be recognized in this way by her country’s sports authority,” said Michael Cardoza, director of the Human Interest Group.
Heather’s 2015 season concluded as one of twenty professional triathletes competing at the inaugural Island House Invitational Triathlon. Since then, Heather has been training with Team Wurtele partner (and husband) Trevor at their home base in Kelowna, British Columbia. She kicks off her 2016 race season at IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey in Mexico followed by IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside. In May, Heather returns to St. George, Utah to defend her champion title at the North American IRONMAN 70.3 Championships. Follow Team Wurtele at teamwurtele.com
Since 1996, Triathlon Canada has recognized age-group and elite athletes and coaches for outstanding individual performances and contributions to the sport; for a complete listing of 2015 awardees, visit the Triathlon Canada website.