Kirsten Sweetland

With hard work, determination and a lot of passion you can make it to the podium

Kirsten Sweetland performs at Red Bull Project Endurance in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Bishop, CA on May 18, 2013
© Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Kirsten Sweetland. My discipline is triathlon. My friends call me Kiki. I was born on 24 September 1988 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. My philosophy of life is you get out of it what you put into it. The most important person in my life is my family. My favourite food is Jujubes and Japanese food (not together!). My favourite music is Xavier Rudd.


Amazing as it sounds, Kirsten Sweetland completed her first triathlon at the age of seven, after registering for a Kids of Steel programme when she was just six years old. In fact, although she tried numerous sports throughout her childhood (figure skating, gymnastics, synchro, swimming and athletics were all thrown in the mix), her unique ability and passion for triathlon was obvious.

Her father competed in triathlons in the early 80s and has been a guide and mentor to her to this day. As a competitive, energetic kid, triathlon proved to be the perfect place to direct her energy. She began training full time with the National Triathlon Centre at the age of 15.

By 18 she was competing and even winning at the highest level of her sport among athletes over a decade older. Throughout ups and downs she continues to learn new things and apply herself every day with the intention of being the best in the world. Kirsten is focused on nothing short of climbing to the top of the Olympic Podium before she's done and even has long term plans for when she retires from her sport: she is going to become a chiropractor.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. 3rd Place: World Triathlon Series

      Hamburg, Germany

  2. 2013
    1. 3rd Place: ITU Triathlon World Cup

      Edmonton, Canada

  3. 2012
    1. 3rd Place: ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup

      Bridgetown, Barbados

  4. 2010
    1. 2nd Place: ITU Triathlon World Championship (U23)

      Budapest, Hungary

  5. 2009
    1. 1st Place: ITU Triathlon World Cup

      Mooloolaba, Australia

    2. 1st Place: ITU Triathlon Oceania Cup

      New Plymouth, New Zealand

  6. 2007
    1. 1st Place: Richards Bay BG Triathlon World Cup

      Richards Bay, South Africa

  7. 2006
    1. 1st Place: ITU Triathlon World Championships (Junior)

      First-ever Canadian woman to win Junior World Championships

      Lausanne, Switzerland