About Joel Filliol

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Joel Filliol is one of triathlon's most experienced and successful professional coaches. He has been involved in endurance sport since 1989 both as an athlete and coach. As an athlete Joel has competed in over 100 triathlon and multi-sport events and represented Canada at World Championships in Triathlon and Duathlon. As a coach he has worked with athletes at the highest levels including at the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships, the ITU World Elite and Age Group Championships, and multisport games such as the Commonwealth, Pan American, and Olympic Games.

More about Coach Joel's background can be found in this interview with Slowtwitch.com from 2008, and follow up interview from 2011.

Coach Joel works with athletes with a deep commitment to achieve their absolute best performances. He has had success with athletes in all disciplines of multisports including Ironman and long distance racing, non drafting short distance and ITU draft legal events.

"My coaching goal is to provide world class leadership to athletes with a deep commitment to achieve their absolute best performances"

Currently Joel works as an independent professional triathlon coach with a variety of athletes and consulting projects.

Joel's primary project is his elite squad of athletes which currently includes Canadian Olympians Kyle Jones, and Paula Findlay, Danish Olympian Helle Frederiksen, American Olympian Sarah Groff, Czech Olympian Vendula Frintova, and Spanish Olympian Mario Mola.

Joel's previous roles include serving as Head Coach for the world leading national federation, British Triathlon, based at the National High Performance Centre in Loughborough, UK. As Head Coach with British Triathlon Joel worked with world medallist athletes Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Helen Jenkins, Will Clarke, Tim Don and the other members of the UK Sport funded World Class Programme.

Joel served Triathlon Canada for two years as Development Coach at the National Triathlon Centre in Victoria, before taking on the Senior Coach role in 2006 to 2008. Joel has coached at two Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006), two Pan American Games (2003 and 2007), and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. At the NTC in Victoria Joel personally coached many of Canada's National Team athletes including 2000 Olympic Champion Simon WhitfieldColin Jenkins and Paul Tichelaar.

As the Head Coach for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Team Joel led the Canadian team toward achieving their two major performance objectives; qualifying a full team of 3 men and 3 women, and achieving a Silver Medal performance, as Simon Whitfield's personal coach.

Joel initiated his coaching company, CompetitionZone.com, in 2000, and has worked with many athletes of different backgrounds, goals and fitness levels to achieve their goals online, locally and through camps. Through Competition Zone Joel has worked with multiple Ironman winner Tom Evans from 2004-2008, and Ironman podium performers Jordan Rapp from 2004-2008, among many others.

Pro Athletes who have worked with Coach Joel:

Great Britain at BTF Head Coach: Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Tim Don, Will Clarke, Olly Freeman, Todd Leckie, Tom Bishop, David McNamme, Phil Graves, Helen Jenkins, Hollie Avil, Liz Blatchford, Jodie Stimpson, Vanessa Raw, Jodie Swallow, Kerry Lang, Katie Ingram, Adam Bowden

Mirinda Carfrae Hawaii Ironman winner

Tim Don GB elite and 3x Olympian (personal coach 2012)

Chris McDonald - Australia/New Zealand: Ironman Winner

Hillary Biscay - USA: Ironman winner

Tom Evans - Canada: 4x Ironman Winner, 40 year old Ironman World Best 8:07 

Jordan Rapp - USA: Elite Ironman Podium, sub 8:20 PB

Simon Whitfield - Canada: 2008 Beijing Olympian, Silver Medalist

Dave Matthews - Australia - ITU elite athlete

Colin Jenkins - Canada: 2008 Beijing Olympian, Canadian Sr National Team

Lauren Groves- Canada:2008 Beijing Olympian, Canadian Sr National Team

Kyle Jones - Canada: 2008 Beijing Olympic Alternate, Pan AM Games Team Member, Sr National Team

Paul Tichelaar - Canada:2008 Beijing Olympian, Canadian Sr National Team

Kirsten Sweetland- Canada: 2008 Beijing Olympic Alternate, 2006 World Junior Champion

Andrew McCartney - Canada: Canadian National Centre Squad, World Junior Championship Team

Daniel Wells - Canada: Canadian National Centre Squad, 1st out of the water 2007 Edmonton ITU WC

Terenzo Bozzone trained with Joels squad in the month prior to his 7th place finish at the 2007 ITU World Elite Championships

Jill Savege- Canada: 2004 Olympic and 2006 Commonwealth Games Team Member

Suzanne Weckend - Canada: 2006 Commonwealth Games Team Member

Andre-Paul Baillergeon-Smith - Canada: Canadian Elite Development Team Member

Connor Hammond - Canada: Canadian Junior National Team Member

Natasha Filliol - Canada: Commonwealth and Pan American Games Team Member, Elite Ironman

Tara Ross - Canada: Canadian National Elite Team Member

Angela Strange - Canada: Age Group Hawaii Qualifier

Christine Fletcher - Canada: 3rd Place 2005 Ironman Canada

Jasper Blake Ironman Podium Finisher

Charlene Waldner - Canada: Sub 10hour Ironman and Hawaii Qualifier

Colin Edwards - Canada: Canadian Elite Development Team Member

Aaron Webb - Canada: Canadian Elite Development Team Member

Kim Sorenson - Canada: Canadian Elite Development Team Member

Julien Periard - Canada: Canadian Elite Development Team Member

Kelly Cook - USA: National Elite Team Member

Dolly Ginter - USA: Pro Ironman

Katja Schumacher- Germany:Ironman Podium Finisher

Lauren Maule - USA: Pro Ironman

Dong King - Canada:Sub 9hr Ironman Canada Finisher

Carole Sharpless -USA:Pro Ironman

Jonathon Caron - Canada: Pro Ironman & Hawaii Qualifier