Mathieu Bilodeau first represented Canada internationally as a triathlete, competing at a Pan American Cup event in 2003. Struggling to manage school and triathlon, he decided to just focus on his degree, but a chance encounter with three-time Olympian Janice McCaffrey introduced him to the world of race walking in March 2014, a little over two years before the 2016 Olympic Games. Within seven months he qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Championships and was able to achieve his dream of competing in the Olympics in Rio 2016. Mathieu finished 25th at the World Championships in London, UK and 4th at the Pan Am Cup in 2017.
We look forward to cheering Mathieu on as he looks to the Worlds in 2019 and the Olympics in 2020!
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