The Wurtele's are both from Vernon BC where they attended Clarence Fulton high school together. Heather saved Trevor's butt in chemistry class and many a lunch was spent taking her car to Subway. Trevor was a competitive ski racer until he was 16, then moved to road cycling with numerous amateur European outfits until he was 20. Back in North America he dabbled in 24hr mnt bike racing and went to school in Victoria BC, for finance.

Heather played volleyball in high school, but was singularly focused on academics. She rowed varsity while completing her B.Sc. in Forest Genetics at UBC, and met up with Trevor while doing her M.Sc. in Plant Physiology at UVic. The Team Wurtele love affair started when Trevor spent the night at Heather's bedside in the hospital after she crashed (and nearly broke her femur) while they were out mountain biking together, and has continued ever since!

In 2004, after several annoying adventure races (not fans of orienteering) they caught the triathlon bug. With Heather’s help in the pool, non-swimmer Trevor finally managed to swim a steady 3.8 km. Trevor helped Heather learn to ride a road bike that same year. She was naturally strong from her rowing background, but took a while before she could get used to those aero bars. Things have come a long way since then! 

Team Wurtele committed full-time to triathlon in 2009.

Heather has now won 6 Ironman titles (Coeur d'Alene 2008, 2013, and 2014, St. George 2010 and 2011, Lake Placid 2011) while setting new course records at Ironman St. George, Coeur D'Alene, and Ironman Lake Placid. She has also won 11 half iron distance races, 4 of those in 2104 alone, with course records at the Monterrey and Oceanside 70.3s. To top of a great 2014 she took 3rd place at the 70.3 World Championships. 

Trevor has also come a long way, taking a win at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans in 2012. His first full distance Ironman win came at Ironman Canada in 2013.  He's since been a consistent podium finisher, and even enjoyed his first front pack swim finish at Ironman Canada 2014.  

 

TREVOR :

Previous Sports: Downhill skiing, Road cycling.
Stats: 1m 88 cm (6’3”) 73kg
Triathlete since: 2004
Pro triathlete: 2008
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
Favorite treat: Chocolate and ice cream
Good book: The Count of Monte Cristo

HEATHER:

Previous Sports: Telemark skiing, Volleyball, Rowing
Stats: 1 m 86 cm (6’2”) 69 kg
Triathlete since: 2004 
Pro triathlete: 2007
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
Favorite treat: Pomegranates
Good book: Through Black Spruce - Joseph Boyden

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