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ITU staff gathers to plan for exciting season ahead

Triathlon News - 3 hours 5 min ago
The ITU staff has come together for three days of meetings in Madrid, the location of the President’s office, to discuss the plans and challenges of the 2019 season, review the strategic plan for 2018-2020, and reflect on the past year. “One of the things that I feel most proud of in my life is the team that we have built here in ITU”, expressed ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We have a perfect mix of experience, talent, compromise, leadership and commitment, and this is what continues to move our organisation and our events forwards. Everybody works hard to deliver the best events and keep our athletes at the heart of all discussions, and I’m sure that the exercise we have tackled these last couple of days will help us to improve and achieve even greater goals”, she said. Being one of the very few International Federations with a female president, ITU also leads by example in terms of gender balance, with nearly 30% female employees. In counting heads, the meetings brought together 13 nationalities, all working with the same goal: growing triathlon. ITU currently has offices in three countries: Canada, Spain and Switzerland, where the head office is located. Whilst the majority of the staff works in one of the three locations, team members are also based in many other countries and continents to try to reduce the amount of travel necessary to deliver all ITU events worldwide. Talking about travel. During the past year, the ITU staff has traversed the globe more than 12 times in total, landing in 25 countries to organise ITU events. And that is not counting those races that we have also helped deliver at major events during 2019: Buenos Aires Youth Games, Palembang Asian Games, Glasgow European Championships and Tarragona Mediterranean Games, amongst others. But is not all about the racing. ITU senior staff and the President, Marisol Casado, have actively taken part in the IOC Forum, SportAccord, International Federations Forum in Lausanne, multiple IOC Commissions and an incredible number of meetings with all our stakeholders in order to maximize the presence of our sport worldwide. During the staff meeting, the team was able to lay the foundations and strategies for the coming season, finalise the calendar and redefine partnerships so that everybody will be able to enjoy our sport even more once the exciting new season gets underway in just a couple of months.  

WTS 2018: Season Review

Triathlon News - 8 hours 39 min ago
The 10th World Triathlon Series season continued in the rich tradition that triathlon fans have by now become accustomed: standout, inspirational individual performances, young guns making names for themselves on the biggest stage and experienced campaigners delivering the kind of consistency that earns world titles. Here’s our recap of the 2018 WTS season highlights… WTS ABU DHABI
 The 2018 season got underway in grand style in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, with a sprint-distance race that took in sections of the city’s famous F1 race circuit. Remarkably, heavy rain greeted the athletes on the start line, further complicating what was already a challenging bike course. Henri Schoeman put in a brilliant swim that left defending champion Mario Mola 30 seconds back and, once Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee had come off his bike, it was the South African who seized control expertly, not even the flying Spaniard able to reduce the deficit sufficiently but still securing silver, ahead of France’s Vincent Luis.  For the women, the big question was whether anyone could stop Flora Duffy in 2018, and it was the reigning champion alongside GB’s Jessica Learmonth leading out of the water in the first race of the season. A bike issue then forced the Bermudian out of the race on the second lap, while Katie Zaferes was one of several top names to come off at speed, the American having led with just a lap to go. Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Rachel Klamer (NED) were with Learmonth out of T2 along with Natalie van Coevorden (AUS), Lotte Miller (NOR) and Melanie Santos (POR) and it was to be a delighted Klamer who powered home to claim a first-ever WTS win, Learmonth in second and van Coevorden in third. WTS BERMUDA The action moved to the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean as Bermuda made its WTS hosting debut, and what a debut it was! Flora Duffy had been instrumental in the venue’s addition to the calendar, and it was the local favourite who pulled out one of the all-time great performances to lead out of the water, dominate the bike and smash the run to take gold. Just 10km into the bike she already had a 40-second lead over the pack, and after 10 laps and climbs of Corkscrew Hill, Duffy’s control was abundantly clear. With 750m left to run she finally allowed herself a smile and was carried home by the crowds’ cheers, Zaferes and Vicky Holland (GBR) locked in a battle for second that would become a theme of the season, the Brit just edging silver...

ITU’s top 10 moments from the 2018 triathlon season

Triathlon News - 11 hours 9 min ago
Between February and November, the Triathlon and Multisport world was once again treated to non-stop action, with superb racing showcased across ITU World Triathlon Series, World Cup, Mixed Relay, Paratriathlon, Major Games and Mulitsport Festival events. The year was jam-packed with nail-biting finishes, inspiring courage, career milestone-makers and landmark global events. While it is hard to narrow all of the excitement down to just ten moments, we have hand-picked the Top ITU Moments of 2018 as those season snapshots that stood out the most and helped make this one of the best seasons yet!

ITU Photographer’s Best of 2018 Gallery: Tommy Zaferes

Triathlon News - Fri, 14/12/2018 - 22:39
Tommy Zaferes (pronounced zah-fear-es) is the newest member of the ITU Media Team. Zaferes swam at the USA Olympic trials in 2008, took a year leave off from sport and then began his ITU career in 2010. While he still travels and trains full time with his wife (WTS star Katie Zaferes), and occasionally races himself, his main focus has shifted into the sports photography world. Both Tommy’s parents were wedding photographers, so he grew up around photography, but it wasn’t until Christmas 2015 when Katie bought him his first camera that his new passion took off. In 2017 Zaferes spent his first season “interning” with the other ITU photographers, and helping to provide athletes with content to showcase themselves (and triathlon) to the world. Zaferes explains his style as “storytelling”. He enjoys the challenge of capturing an individual image from a unique perspective that makes the viewer feel like they’re experiencing the moment in real life and also the challenge of getting an image that no one else could get. Here is a collection of 20 photos that Zaferes has selected to showcase from the 2018 season. Enjoy the gallery and make sure to see his past, present and future work shared on the @worldtriathlon social media channels and follow Zaferes on Instagram and twitter @TZaferes.

Pilot of Coach Education Partnership Program with Triathlon Ireland

Triathlon News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:34
Since 2017, ITU Development has been working on the Coach Education Partnership Program.  In September 2017, the ITU worked with Triathlon Ireland to pilot the delivery of ITU Level 1 coaching courses in Ireland using the ITU Online Education Hub and course resources.  This has led to five successful Level 1 courses being delivered in Ireland over the last 12 months.  In September 2018, a pilot to deliver the Level 2 course was initiated. The course was delivered over three separate weekends, using an approach that suited the needs of Irish coaches and their commitments.  The existing team of Triathlon Ireland Coach Developers (Facilitators) were guided and supported by experienced ITU Facilitators Emma Brunning (GBR) and Tony Jolly (GBR) to deliver the course.  The delivery of the course was a success and everyone completed the face to face elements of the course and are working towards completing their post course assessments. This is the next step in an exciting development project, which ITU Development aims to expand to support more National Federations in developing a viable and sustainable coach education program for their own country, with the aim of enhancing and developing the sport of Triathlon around the world. Niamh O’Gorman (Head Of Education): “We were delighted to be given the opportunity to pilot the ITU Level 2 course as part of the Coach Education Partnership Programme which allowed us to contribute to the development of the programme. We have a dedicated group of Triathlon Ireland Coach Developers who received amazing support from the ITU facilitators and Moodle administrator before, during and post course. The ITU facilitators provided significant tutor development opportunities and guidance around course delivery so that TI Coach Developers could deliver the course and receive feedback and support throughout the course and ongoing. We now have a really strong group of Level 2 coaches who will be fully qualified early in 2019”.  Emma Brunning (ITU Facilitator): “The course proved successful, with both the coaches and facilitators showing significant development in knowledge, confidence and application of the learnt material. The course offered a great opportunity for everyone to share experiences and continue to build a great coaching workforce throughout Ireland. I believe this opportunity will enable everyone involved in Triathlon to benefit and continue to excel.” Olivia McCartin...

CAMTRI and Panam Sports invest in Americas’ new triathlon talents

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 10:54
With the aim set in the PanAmerican Games, to be held next summer in Lina, PanAm Sports organized in Santo Domingo its latest Athlete Development Training Camp in conjunction with Americas Triathlon and the International Triathlon Union. Almost three weeks of intense training that gave athletes from 18 countries the opportunity to learn from experience, to share moments together and also to compete at the Iberoamerican Championships. Thirty-four athletes from 18 countries participated in the camp, meant to give athletes from Youth categories to Elite athletes and their coaches some skills and training tips to improve their performance ahead of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 and also trying to identify talents to compete at the Tokyo 2002 Olympics. The Camp was officially opened by ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “It is great to see, with all these young athletes here learning and working hard for their future, how the region can benefit from the support of our development programmes. We should all feel very proud of investing in our future, helping triathletes from all regions to achieve all their goals. I want to thank the Dominican Republic National Olympic Committee for their help on getting the camp organized and allowing us to use their facilities, and of course to CAMTRI for investing in those camps and Panam Sports for their support. I am sure that we will some some great athletes coming out of those initiatives”. “It is great that we have the chance of giving so many athletes an opportunity like this one, and I really want to thank PanAm Sports for their support in getting this Camp organized”, said Liber Garcia, President of Triathlon Americas. “One of the main goals of the CAMTRI is to continuously support athletes coming from regions where our sport doesn’t have a great presence, or that they don’t have the support or the infrastructures needed to compete at the highest level, but previous experiences like this one have shown us that with a bit of support from our side, those kids can have a great future in our sport, and they deserve to be given that chance”, he explained. Athletes and coaches spent almost three weeks in Santo Domingo, with the perfect training conditions for the off season. Main coaches and facilitators from the CAMTRI were Alejandro Cañas (ESP) and Hector Torres (USA). “We were able to train in the track, bike circuits and in open waters in the beaches of Santo Domingo, so we had the chance of...

CAMTRI and Panam Sports invest in Americas’ new triathlon talents

Triathlon News - Mon, 10/12/2018 - 10:54
With the aim set in the PanAmerican Games, to be held next summer in Lima, PanAm Sports organized in Santo Domingo its latest Athlete Development Training Camp in conjunction with Americas Triathlon and the International Triathlon Union. Almost three weeks of intense training that gave athletes from 18 countries the opportunity to learn from experience, to share moments together and also to compete at the Iberoamerican Championships. Thirty-four athletes from 18 countries participated in the camp, meant to give athletes from Youth categories to Elite athletes and their coaches some skills and training tips to improve their performance ahead of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 and also trying to identify talents to compete at the Tokyo 2002 Olympics. The Camp was officially opened by ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “It is great to see, with all these young athletes here learning and working hard for their future, how the region can benefit from the support of our development programmes. We should all feel very proud of investing in our future, helping triathletes from all regions to achieve all their goals. I want to thank the Dominican Republic National Olympic Committee for their help on getting the camp organized and allowing us to use their facilities, and of course to CAMTRI for investing in those camps and Panam Sports for their support. I am sure that we will some some great athletes coming out of those initiatives”. “It is great that we have the chance of giving so many athletes an opportunity like this one, and I really want to thank PanAm Sports for their support in getting this Camp organized”, said Liber Garcia, President of Triathlon Americas. “One of the main goals of the CAMTRI is to continuously support athletes coming from regions where our sport doesn’t have a great presence, or that they don’t have the support or the infrastructures needed to compete at the highest level, but previous experiences like this one have shown us that with a bit of support from our side, those kids can have a great future in our sport, and they deserve to be given that chance”, he explained. Athletes and coaches spent almost three weeks in Santo Domingo, with the perfect training conditions for the off season. Main coaches and facilitators from the CAMTRI were Alejandro Cañas (ESP) and Hector Torres (USA). “We were able to train in the track, bike circuits and in open waters in the beaches of Santo Domingo, so we had the chance of...

ITU Photographer’s Best of 2018 Gallery: Delly Carr

Triathlon News - Thu, 06/12/2018 - 17:43
People keep asking me if I ever get bored or tired photographing ITU Triathlon. Each year, the athletes get faster. They get stronger. They reach higher levels of performance. I photograph Victory and Triumph. I photograph Disappointment and Misfortune. Laughs, smiles, blood, sweat and tears.

Triathlon Americas signs new Development contract and announces 2019 calendar

Triathlon News - Thu, 06/12/2018 - 13:24
The ITU is pleased to announce that it has signed the Development Grant contract with the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI), which is aimed to support the athletes’ and coaches’ development and provide a sustainable structure for organising events and training camps and to support the activation of National Federations, as well as provide new and emerging Federations resources for development. “We are extremely pleased with the agreement signed with CAMTRI, as it’s going to be a powerful tool to help the growth of our sport and our athletes and coaches in the continent, in a year of special importance with the PanAmerican Games taking place this summer in Lima”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan presented by CAMTRI covers different areas where we want to focus in the upcoming months, including support organising events, and camps to identify new talent, support emerging athletes and provide support to the athletes, officials and coaches for the season,” she said. CAMTRI President, Liber García, presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to organise multiple Coaches and Technical Officials courses in Uruguay, Costa Rica, Barbados and Colombia, as well as support organising online courses both in English and Spanish with the support of Panam Sports. The grant also covers youth camps in Colombia, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the organisation of a camp for athletes qualified for the PanAm Games coming from emerging National Federations, and direct economic support to some National Federations to help the growth of Paratriathlon in the region, with the goal of increasing the numbers of American athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Calendar for 2019 2019 will have plenty of dates for the continent’s triathletes to mark on their calendars. The American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI) Executive Board has also approved the calendar of events for the 2019 season, a year marked by three WTS events hosted for the second year in a row in the Continent, three World Cups, one Para World Cup and the Lima PanAmerican Games, as well as 19 American Cups and the Continental Championships for every distance. The season will start in February in Havana (Cuba) for the fourth edition of the American Cup and the Iberoamerican Middle Distance championships. Costa Rica will play host in March to the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Playa Hermosa, while Sarasota (USA) will...

Triathlon Americas signs a new Development contract and announces calendar for 2019

Triathlon News - Thu, 06/12/2018 - 13:24
ITU is pleased to announced that it has signed the Development Grant contract with the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI), which is aimed to support the athletes and coaches development and provide a sustainable structure for organising events and training camps and support the activation of National Federations, as well as provide new and emerging Federations resources for development. “We are extremely pleased of the agreement just signed with CAMTRI, as it’s going to be a powerful tool to help the growth of our sport and our athletes and coaches in the Continent, in a year of special importance since the PanAmerican Games are taking place this summer in Lima”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan presented by CAMTRI covers different areas where we want to focus in the upcoming months, such as support to organize events, and camps to identify new talents, support emerging ones and provide support to athletes, officials and coaches for the season,” she said. CAMTRI President, Liber García, presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to organize multiple Coaches and Technical Officials courses in Uruguay, Costa Rica, Barbados and Colombia, as well as support to organize online courses both in English and Spanish with the support of Panam Sports. The grant also covers Youth Camps in Colombia, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the organization of a Camp for athletes qualified for the PanAm Games coming from emerging National Federations, and direct economic support to some National Federations to support the growth of Paratriathlon in the region, with the goal set if increasing the American athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Calendar for 2019 2019 will have plenty of dates for American triathletes to mark on their calendars. The American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI) Executive Board has also approved the calendar of events for the 2019 season, a year marked by three WTS events hosted for the second year in a row in the Continent, three World Cups, one Para World Cup and the Lima Pan American Games, as well as 19 American Cups and the Continental Championships for every distance. The season will start in February in Havana (Cuba) for the fourth edition of the American Cup and the Iberoamerican Middle Distance championships.  Costa Rica will play host in March to the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Playa Hermosa, while Sarasota (USA) will host in March...

Top Ten Moments of the 2018 Triathlon Season

Triathlon News - Wed, 05/12/2018 - 14:18
From February to November, the Triathlon and Multisport world is treated to non-stop action with racing being showcased in World Cups, World Triathlon Series events, Mixed Relays, Paratriathlon, Major Games and Mulitsport Festivals. This year was jam-packed with nail-biting finishes, crushing national dominations, inspiring acts of bravery, career milestone makers and noteworthy global events. While it is hard to narrow all of the excitement to just ten moments, we hand-picked the Top ITU Moments of 2018 as the moments that stood out the most and made 2018 one of the best seasons yet!

ITU’s top 10 moments from the 2018 triathlon season

Triathlon News - Wed, 05/12/2018 - 14:18
Between February and November, the Triathlon and Multisport world was once again treated to non-stop action, with superb racing showcased across ITU World Triathlon Series, World Cup, Mixed Relay, Paratriathlon, Major Games and Mulitsport Festival events. The year was jam-packed with nail-biting finishes, inspiring courage, career milestone-makers and landmark global events. While it is hard to narrow all of the excitement down to just ten moments, we have hand-picked the Top ITU Moments of 2018 as those season snapshots that stood out the most and helped make this one of the best seasons yet!

Top 10 moments from the 2018 triathlon season

Triathlon News - Wed, 05/12/2018 - 14:18
Between February and November, the Triathlon and Multisport world was once again treated to non-stop action, with superb racing showcased across ITU World Triathlon Series, World Cup, Mixed Relay, Paratriathlon, Major Games and Mulitsport Festival events. The year was jam-packed with nail-biting finishes, inspiring courage, career milestone-makers and landmark global events. While it is hard to narrow all of the excitement down to just ten moments, we have hand-picked the Top ITU Moments of 2018 as those season snapshots that stood out the most and helped make this one of the best seasons yet!

ITU’s top 10 moments from the 2018 triathlon season

Triathlon News - Wed, 05/12/2018 - 14:18
Between February and November, the Triathlon and Multisport world was once again treated to non-stop action, with superb racing showcased across ITU World Triathlon Series, World Cup, Mixed Relay, Paratriathlon, Major Games and Mulitsport Festival events. The year was jam-packed with nail-biting finishes, inspiring courage, career milestone-makers and landmark global events. While it is hard to narrow all of the excitement down to just ten moments, we have hand-picked the Top ITU Moments of 2018 as those season snapshots that stood out the most and helped make this one of the best seasons yet!

ITU signs a new development contract with the European Triathlon Union

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 14:08
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract with the European Triathlon Union (ETU) for the year 2019. “I am really proud and excited with this contract, that will allow, once more, to help the development of triathlon in all regions in Europe”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “ETU’s plan for 2019 covers many different National Federations and projects, with a special focus on fostering the growth of National Federations and developing talent in athletes and coaches, which shows how connected ETU President Renato Bertrandi is with the development necessities of European nations.” ETU President Renato Bertrandi presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to provide development camps in Cyprus and Serbia, as well as support for the Youth Triathlon Festival Camp in Slovenia, and four training sessions for the ETU Development Team. After signing the agreement, Bertrandi said, “We have listened very carefully to the needs and the “wish list” from our National Federations, athletes, coaches and Officials in order to develop a comprehensive programme that covers as many areas as we can, and that will help to consolidate the work of our Development experts across the Continent. I would like once again to extend my deep gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2019 and onwards.” ETU will give support to Belarus and Cyprus to help them organize the Youth Triathlon Festival Camp, and also to Bulgaria for a Talent identification camp. Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Romania and Slovenia will receive funding for some development projects, including TriGirls programmes, coaches education or the launch of the programme We are the Future, for kids of 14 years or younger. ETU Calendar The European Triathlon Union has also approved the calendar for the 2019 season, a packed 10 months period that will start in February 2019 with the Winter Triathlon European Championships in Cheile Gradistei (Romania) and will finish in October in the European Cup of Funchal (Madeira). The European Championships of standard distance will take place in Weert (Nederlands) on May 31, while the Sprint distance one will be held in Kazan (Russia) in July 2019. The city of Targu Mures, in Romania, will host the second edition of the Multisport European Championships in June, while...

ITU signs a new development contract with the European Triathlon Union

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 14:08
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract with the European Triathlon Union (ETU) for the year 2019. “I am really proud and excited with this contract, that will allow, once more, to help the development of triathlon in all regions in Europe”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “ETU’s plan for 2019 covers many different National Federations and projects, with a special focus on fostering the growth of National Federations and developing talent in athletes and coaches, which shows how connected ETU President Renato Bertrandi is with the development necessities of European nations.” ETU President Renato Bertrandi presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to provide development camps in Cyprus and Serbia, as well as support for the Youth Triathlon Festival Camp in Slovenia, and four training sessions for the ETU Development Team. After signing the agreement, Bertrandi said, “We have listened very carefully to the needs and the “wish list” from our National Federations, athletes, coaches and Officials in order to develop a comprehensive programme that covers as many areas as we can, and that will help to consolidate the work of our Development experts across the Continent. I would like once again to extend my deep gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2019 and onwards.” ETU will give support to Belarus and Cyprus to help them organize the Youth Triathlon Festival Camp, and also to Bulgaria for a Talent identification camp. Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Romania and Slovenia will receive funding for some development projects, including TriGirls programmes, coaches education or the launch of the programme We are the Future, for kids of 14 years or younger. ETU Calendar The European Triathlon Union has also approved the calendar for the 2019 season, a packed 10 months period that will start in February 2019 with the Winter Triathlon European Championships in Cheile Gradistei (Romania) and will finish in October in the European Cup of Funchal (Madeira). The European Championships of standard distance will take place in Weert (Nederlands) on May 31, while the Sprint distance one will be held in Kazan (Russia) in July 2019. The city of Targu Mures, in Romania, will host the second edition of the Multisport European Championships in June, while...

Tamás Tóth, elected Chair of the Athletes’ Committee

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 10:55
ITU is pleased to announce that Hungarian triathlete Tamás Tóth has been elected as the Chair of the ITU Athletes’ Committee. Swedish triathlete Lisa Norden has been designated the Chair Deputy, and will be the representant of the Athletes’ Committee when Mr. Tóth is not available.  “I would like to thank Ms. Jessica Harrision’s hard work as the Chair in athletes committee in the previous years. Also, I would like to thank all the athletes for their trust. I understand that this is a huge responsibility, but I strongly believe that I have the pleasure to work with the best and most motivated team in the Athletes’ Committee”, he said. “Since I am an active competitor, I trust that I can represent the athletes’ needs and interests in a higher level considering that I will have the same experiences as them. My mission is to represent every single one of the athletes and stand for their reasonable needs on a higher level”, explained right after his election.  If any athlete wants to contact Mr. Tóth, feel free to do so in the email tamas.toth@triathlon.org

Tamás Tóth elected Chair of the Athletes’ Committee

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 10:55
ITU is pleased to announce that Hungarian triathlete Tamás Tóth has been elected as the Chair of the ITU Athletes’ Committee. Swedish triathlete Lisa Norden has been designated the Chair Deputy, and will represent the Athletes’ Committee when Mr. Tóth is not available.  “I would like to thank Ms. Jessica Harrison for her hard work as the Chair of the Athletes’ Committee in the previous years. Also, I would like to thank all the athletes for their trust. I understand that this is a huge responsibility, but I strongly believe that I have the pleasure to work with the best and most motivated team in the Athletes’ Committee”, he said. “Since I am an active competitor, I trust that I can represent the athletes’ needs and interests in a higher level considering that I will have the same experiences as them. My mission is to represent every single one of the athletes and to stand for their reasonable needs on a higher level”, explained Toth following his election.  If any athlete would like to contact Mr. Tóth, they can do so by emailing: tamas.toth@triathlon.org

Tamás Tóth elected Chair of the Athletes’ Committee

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 10:55
ITU is pleased to announce that Hungarian triathlete Tamás Tóth has been elected as the Chair of the ITU Athletes’ Committee. Swedish triathlete Lisa Norden has been designated the Chair Deputy, and will represent the Athletes’ Committee when Mr. Tóth is not available.  “I would like to thank Ms. Jessica Harrison for her hard work as the Chair of the Athletes’ Committee in the previous years. Also, I would like to thank all the athletes for their trust. I understand that this is a huge responsibility, but I strongly believe that I have the pleasure to work with the best and most motivated team in the Athletes’ Committee”, he said. “Since I am an active competitor, I trust that I can represent the athletes’ needs and interests in a higher level considering that I will have the same experiences as them. My mission is to represent every single one of the athletes and to stand for their reasonable needs on a higher level”, explained Toth following his election.  If any athlete would like to contact Mr. Tóth, they can do so by emailing: tamas.toth@triathlon.org

World Triathlete Desmond McHenry inducted into Triathlon Ireland Hall of Fame

Triathlon News - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 02:03
Irish age group triathlete Desmond McHenry inspires the world of triathlon Inducted into the Triathlon Ireland Hall of Fame in 2018 Age group triathlete Desmond McHenry has been warmly inducted into the Triathlon Ireland Hall of Fame for his contribution and dedication to the sport. McHenry was a marathon runner and in 1983 decided to give triathlon a go, learnt how to swim and borrowed bikes to train and compete on for the first couple of years. 37-years later, McHenry continues his passion for the sport, lining up on triathlon start lines to represent Ireland in the 70-74 category. McHenry has competed in multiple ITU World Triathlon Grand Final races. “1983, prior to that I was doing marathon running. I decided to learn how to swim. I borrowed bikes for the first couple of years and set off on this course, that’s now lasted 37-years. Obviously at the time I wouldn’t have thought it would last that long and still to go on as well. Lord knows how long I will be doing it. It’s nice to compete against people in your own age-group, the same way you stand in regards to your peers who have come from all over the world,” McHenry said. The Irish triathlete says that competing gives him a strong sense of achievement and despite performance or results, every opportunity where he is able to line up to swim, bike, run and finish, he is motivated by the same feeling. “Every race you do, you’ve achieved something. I’ve done almost 300 races and there’s a sense of you’ve given everything, you finish it and every race has the same feeling. That was a good race, I did my best. Everyone starts to dissect the race, analyse what you could have done, where you went wrong and what you could improve.” Triathlon is a rich part of McHenry’s life. His family support him to be a world triathlete and travel with him to compete on the world triathlon stage. The inspiring triathlete has even organised and delivered triathlon races at a World Cup level in the 1990’s so his appreciation extends beyond the start line. “We’re part of a team, it takes two. Obviously I would like to go back to the World Championships next year in Lausanne and meet my buddies and try and get the upper hand on them this year. “It’s given me enjoyment. I had the pleasure of being able to organise a couple of World Cup races in the beginning of the 90’s. That gave me a buzz, being able to get people from all around the world, come to a small village.” What...

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