Like any Canadian child, Tyler grew up playing hockey. He discovered triathlon after following a suggestion from a family friend to use it as a form of cross-training for hockey. Quickly, Tyler was discovered by Manitoba provincial coach, Dave Lipchen, who encouraged him to train full time.
Enticed to compete at the Manitoba Summer Games, Tyler followed the offer to train with the Manitoba Youth Team over the summer, and he was hooked ever since – replacing his skates for a bike. He joined the Manitoba National Triathlon Centre with coach Gary Pallett in the fall of 2009.