Saanich's Kirsten Sweetland won silver in the Commonwealth Games women's triathlon on July 24.

VIDEO: How sweet it is: Sweetland nabs silver at Commonwealth Games

Broadmead-based triathlete Kirsten Sweetland wins silver, the first medal for Canada, in the 2014 Commonwealth Games



Silver is the colour as Broadmead-based triathlete Kirsten Sweetland won Canada’s first medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It’s been a long time coming for the renowned triathlete who has rebounded after years of injury trouble following her breakout success on the world stage as the world junior champion in 2006 and runner-up silver medal finish at the U23 world championships in 2010.

“It feels unbelievable to get a medal,” Sweetland said on the Triathlon Canada website. “I was going for a medal this week. Obviously everyone wants the gold, but I’m thrilled with any colour.

“That was about mental toughness today because I didn’t feel my best. I had to work really hard at the end of the swim and beginning of the bike to get back on the group so I’m really happy to get a medal of any colour today.”

It was just two weeks ago Sweetland won her first career bronze medal in the World Triathlon Series, at the July 12 event in Hamburg, Germany.

England took the other two spots on the women’s podium as Jodie Stimpson won gold and Vicki Holland won bronze.