My name is Adriana Csanadi, I am 28-years old, and was born and raised in the small boarder town of Fort Erie, Ontario. I was brought up in a family that was very keen on maintaining a healthy, physical lifestyle, with both of my parents employed as healthcare professionals. Growing up, my younger brother and I were very active. He played soccer and hockey, while I spent most of my time in dance lessons, and competitive swimming. I started competitive swimming with Brock Niagara Aquatics out of Brock University in St. Catharines at the young age of nine. By the age of 13, I was training 5-6 times per week and competing at least one a month. After swimming for nearly 5 years, I decided to have a go at triathlons and in the summers of 2004 and 2005 I competed in the Kids of Steel triathlon series. During this time, I trained when I could with a cycling/triathlon club out of Grimsby called the Grimsby Gators. Unfortunately, at the age of 16, a shoulder injury took precedence and I had to put my swimming (and triathlon) career on hold. Being a natural athlete, I decided to take up club rowing and began training with South Niagara Rowing Club in Welland, Ontario. I trained and competed with them from grades ten to twelve, however decided not to go any further with the sport after high school. In 2008 I graduated from Lakeshore Catholic High School and moved to London, Ontario to attend The University of Western Ontario.

 

Fast forward to 2019, I have long since graduated from Western and am finishing my second university degree in Social Work from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. Not really knowing what the next steps in my life were, I decided that I needed to find something to motivate and drive me forward. Struggling with mental health concerns of my own, I needed to find some sort of outlet; I needed to find something I was passionate about. Physical activity has always been a huge part of my life, and I missed the inclusivity and support the triathlon community had to offer. In January 2018 I reached out to TryForce Triathlon Club in St. Catharines and began swimming with them with plans of competing in the 2018 summer season. I was introduced to MultiSport Canada during the 2018 summer season and fell in love with the level of energy, enthusiasm, and inclusivity present at the races. I was inspired by the efforts and motivation put forward by all of the athletes and their dedication to becoming bigger and better versions of themselves. The MultiSport Canada triathlon racing community has helped me to reach my goals, both physically and mentally. Currently, I am an athlete with Edge Triathlon Club in St. Catharines, and am training for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships that are taking place in Switzerland at the end of August 2019. There, I will be competing for Age Group Team Canada, along with many other athletes from Edge Triathlon Club. As a MultiSport Canada Ambassador, my wish is to inspire others to give triathlons a try, and to help those who are new to the sport navigate their way through the training and racing processes. No matter what age and what skill level, there is a place for everyone within this amazing community. All you have to do is give it a “tri”!

 

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