Lionel Sanders races SLT Arena Games Montreal

Lionel Sanders. (Picture: Instagram Sanders)

Lionel Sanders is ready to shake up short course racing with the multiple Ironman champion set to make his debut at the Super League Arena Games Triathlon in Montreal. Sanders, a four-time Ironman champion and 30-time 70.3 winner, will dramatically drop in distance to tackle Super League Triathlon’s format that blends real life and virtual racing.

The 34-year-old will be performing in front of a home Canadian crowd at the Parc Olympique as the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series kicks-off on Saturday, February 25. Other long course athletes also preparing to put their necks on the line in Montreal are fellow Canadian and four-time 70.3 winner Jackson Laundry and South African Jeanni Metzler, who has multiple 70.3 wins, a second place at the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championships and full distance podiums to her name.

Lionel Sanders said:“I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m excited to have the opportunity to do something new, something fun, something really good for the sport and professional triathlon and really good for you because high end I think is extremely important.

“My favourite sport to spectate is MMA. I don’t want to get in the ring and scrap, but I would love to experience walking out as if you are going to scrap, and this will probably be the closest I will ever get to that, being the centre of attention in a true spectator sport, so that will be fun to experience.”