About Joel Filliol


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 Olympian Kyle Jones, Danish Olympian Helle Frederiksen, American Olympian Sarah Groff, Czech Olympian Vendula Frintova, American Lifetime Fitness Series Winner Alicia Kaye, Spanish Olympian Mario Mola, South African Olympian Richard Murray, and Portuguese Olympian João Silva. More information about the squad can be found at JFTracing.com 

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 McNammee, Phil Graves, Helen Jenkins, Hollie Avil, Liz Blatchford, Jodie Stimpson, Vanessa Raw, Jodie Swallow, Kerry Lang, Katie Ingram, Adam Bowden

Richard Murray (RSA) London 2012 Olympian

Mario Mola (ESP) London 2012 Olympian

Carol Routier (ESP) Spanish National Team

Sarah Groff (USA) London 2012 Olympian

João Silva (POR) London 2012 Olympian

David Hauss (FRA) London 2012 Olympian

Helle Frederiksen (DEN) London 2012 Olympian

Alicia Kaye (USA) 2013 Lifetime Triathlon Series Winner

Paula Findlay (CAN) London 2012 Olympian

Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) Beijing 2008 Olympian

Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) Hawaii Ironman winner

Tim Don (GBR) 3x Olympian, and former ITU World Champions (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

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

Christine Fletcher - Canada: 3rd Place 2005 Ironman Canada

Jasper Blake Ironman Podium Finisher

Jonathon Caron - Canada: Pro Ironman & Hawaii Qualifier