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Reigning Junior World Champions return to reclaim titles in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:41
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will welcome the future of the sport of triathlon as the Junior World Champions will be crowned. With many names in the start list that have already gotten a taste of some elite action, the strength of the junior fields prove that the future of triathlon is bright and will only continue to improve in the years to come. Both of the men’s and women’s junior world champions from 2016 have returned to reclaim their titles, but the crown is anyone’s for the taking. Battling on a sprint distance course, where the juniors will see a 750-metre one lap swim, 20-kilometre four lap bike and five-kilometre two lap run. The women will start on Friday, September 15 with a start time of 15:00, while the men will compete the following day on Saturday, September 16 with a 08:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview USA’s Austin Hindman returns as the 2016 Junior World Champion to reclaim his crown. Last year he had a dominating performance in Cozumel to earn the gold, collecting his first major ITU title in his career. Since then he has competed mainly in CAMTRI and national events, but he did debut in his first WTS race of his career in Edmonton this year. However, wearing the number one on the start list is Aussie Matthew Hauser. He has had a fantastic 2017 season, he won the Chengdu World Cup, earning his first World Cup victory of his career. He also was a part of the Australian Team Mixed Relay that earned the World Championship title, so a win from Hauser in Rotterdam will give him his second World Title of the year. Kiwi Daniel Hoy first got his name in headlines in 2014 when he earned the silver medal in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in a sprint finish. In Oceania competitions he has had many successes, but over the years his improvement on the ITU World Cup and WTS stage has been evident. This year he earned a 12th place finish in WTS Gold Coast, a very strong finish for a junior-aged competitor. He also just missed out on the Junior World Championship podium last year by finishing fourth, so he will want to finally step up with a medal this year. The man that beat out Hoy in the Youth Olympic Games sprint finish was Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra. He also made the Junior World Championship podium last year with...

Reigning Junior World Champions return to reclaim titles in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:41
The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam will welcome the future of the sport of triathlon as the Junior World Champions will be crowned. With many names in the start list that have already gotten a taste of some elite action, the strength of the junior fields prove that the future of triathlon is bright and will only continue to improve in the years to come. Both of the men’s and women’s junior world champions from 2016 have returned to reclaim their titles, but the crown is anyone’s for the taking. Battling on a sprint distance course, where the juniors will see a 750-metre one lap swim, 20-kilometre four lap bike and five-kilometre two lap run. The women will start on Friday, September 15 with a start time of 15:00, while the men will compete the following day on Saturday, September 16 with a 08:00am local start time. A live finish-line broadcast will be available to watch on triathlonlive.tv and on the World Triathlon Facebook page, along with following along with play-by-play updates on Twitter @triathlonlive. Men’s Preview USA’s Austin Hindman returns as the 2016 Junior World Champion to reclaim his crown. Last year he had a dominating performance in Cozumel to earn the gold, collecting his first major ITU title in his career. Since then he has competed mainly in CAMTRI and national events, but he did debut in his first WTS race of his career in Edmonton this year. However, wearing the number one on the start list is Aussie Matthew Hauser. He has had a fantastic 2017 season, he won the Chengdu World Cup, earning his first World Cup victory of his career. He also was a part of the Australian Team Mixed Relay that earned the World Championship title, so a win from Hauser in Rotterdam will give him his second World Title of the year. Kiwi Daniel Hoy first got his name in headlines in 2014 when he earned the silver medal in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in a sprint finish. In Oceania competitions he has had many successes, but over the years his improvement on the ITU World Cup and WTS stage has been evident. This year he earned a 12th place finish in WTS Gold Coast, a very strong finish for a junior-aged competitor. He also just missed out on the Junior World Championship podium last year by finishing fourth, so he will want to finally step up with a medal this year. The man that beat out Hoy in the Youth Olympic Games sprint finish was Great Britain’s Ben Dijkstra. He also made the Junior World Championship podium last year with...

Paratriathlon World Titles up for grabs in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:36
The Paratriathlon season is just about to end with six world crowns up for grab for men and another six for women in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. In the first season after Paratriathlon debuted in the Paralympics in Rio, and the first one with the World Paratriathlon Series going on, more than 160 paratriathletes will take the stage in Rotterdam on Friday at 9 am. PTWC Men’s Preview Local crowds will have two local heroes to cheer for in the Men’s PTWC event. Geert Schipper, silver medallist in the inaugural Rio 2016 Paralympic triathlon, has completed a sensational season, with a win in Yokohama and Edmonton World Paratriathlon races. On his side, current winner of the Rio Paralympics gold medal, Jetze Platz, who also won the 2017 ITU World Paratriathlon race in Gold Coast, the 2017 European Championships and the 2016 World title in this same venue, Rotterdam. Along with them, some other big names will complete the starting list, with Brazilian Fernando Aranha, Italian Giovanni Achenza or Japanese Jumpei Kimura vying for a spot on the podium. PTWC Women’s Preview Seven athletes will be competing for the World title on the Women’s PTWC class, with Australian Emily Tapp, Spaniard Eva Maria Moral Pedrero and British Jade Jones being the big favourites for the podium. While Tapp won in Edmonton and Gold Coast 2017 World Paratriathlon races, as well as the Magog Paratriathlon World Cup, Moral won the Altafulla World Cup and the European Championship this season. PTS2 Men Preview Bronze medallist in Rio Paralympic Games, Mohammed Lahna –currently racing under ITU flag- will be among the ones to watch in Rotterdam, a course where he earned the silver medal in last year’s world championship. But Frenchman Stephane Bahier, who won in Gold Coast early this year, or American Mark Barr will surely put up a great show. PTS2 Women Preview The Americans come really strong on the Women’s PTS2 class, with Allysa Seeley and Hailey Danz among the favourites for the race. They both earned gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2016 Paralympic Games, and are more than willing to repeat in the podium. Seeley won the first two World Paratriathlon races of the season in Gold Coast and Yokohama, but then she had to take some time off due to an injury. Danz, on her side, earn silver on her two World Paratriathlon events of the season, Yokohama and Edmonton, and she also won the USA Paratriathlon National Championships....

Paratriathlon World Titles up for grabs in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:36
The Paratriathlon season is just about to end with six world crowns up for grab for men and another six for women in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. In the first season after Paratriathlon debuted in the Paralympics in Rio, and the first one with the World Paratriathlon Series going on, more than 160 paratriathletes will take the stage in Rotterdam on Friday at 9 am. PTWC Men’s Preview Local crowds will have two local heroes to cheer for in the Men’s PTWC event. Geert Schipper, silver medallist in the inaugural Rio 2016 Paralympic triathlon, has completed a sensational season, with a win in Yokohama and Edmonton World Paratriathlon races. On his side, current winner of the Rio Paralympics gold medal, Jetze Platz, who also won the 2017 ITU World Paratriathlon race in Gold Coast, the 2017 European Championships and the 2016 World title in this same venue, Rotterdam. Along with them, some other big names will complete the starting list, with Brazilian Fernando Aranha, Italian Giovanni Achenza or Japanese Jumpei Kimura vying for a spot on the podium. PTWC Women’s Preview Seven athletes will be competing for the World title on the Women’s PTWC class, with Australian Emily Tapp, Spaniard Eva Maria Moral Pedrero and British Jade Jones being the big favourites for the podium. While Tapp won in Edmonton and Gold Coast 2017 World Paratriathlon races, as well as the Magog Paratriathlon World Cup, Moral won the Altafulla World Cup and the European Championship this season. PTS2 Men Preview Bronze medallist in Rio Paralympic Games, Mohammed Lahna –currently racing under ITU flag- will be among the ones to watch in Rotterdam, a course where he earned the silver medal in last year’s world championship. But Frenchman Stephane Bahier, who won in Gold Coast early this year, or American Mark Barr will surely put up a great show. PTS2 Women Preview The Americans come really strong on the Women’s PTS2 class, with Allysa Seeley and Hailey Danz among the favourites for the race. They both earned gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2016 Paralympic Games, and are more than willing to repeat in the podium. Seeley won the first two World Paratriathlon races of the season in Gold Coast and Yokohama, but then she had to take some time off due to an injury. Danz, on her side, earn silver on her two World Paratriathlon events of the season, Yokohama and Edmonton, and she also won the USA Paratriathlon National Championships....

Paratriathlon World Titles up for grabs in Rotterdam

Triathlon News - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:35
The Paratriathlon season is just about to end with six world crowns up for grab for men and another six for women in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. In the first season after Paratriathlon debuted in the Paralympics in Rio, and the first one with the World Paratriathlon Series going on, more than 160 paratriathletes will take the stage in Rotterdam on Friday at 9 am. PTWC Men’s Preview Local crowds will have two local heroes to cheer for in the Men’s PTWC event. Geert Schipper, silver medallist in the inaugural Rio 2016 Paralympic triathlon, has completed a sensational season, with a win in Yokohama and Edmonton World Paratriathlon races. On his side, current winner of the Rio Paralympics gold medal, Jetze Platz, who also won the 2017 ITU World Paratriathlon race in Gold Coast, the 2017 European Championships and the 2016 World title in this same venue, Rotterdam. Along with them, some other big names will complete the starting list, with Brazilian Fernando Aranha, Italian Giovanni Achenza or Japanese Jumpei Kimura vying for a spot on the podium. PTWC Women’s Preview Seven athletes will be competing for the World title on the Women’s PTWC class, with Australian Emily Tapp, Spaniard Eva Maria Moral Pedrero and British Jade Jones being the big favourites for the podium. While Tapp won in Edmonton and Gold Coast 2017 World Paratriathlon races, as well as the Magog Paratriathlon World Cup, Moral won the Altafulla World Cup and the European Championship this season. PTS2 Men Preview Bronze medallist in Rio Paralympic Games, Mohammed Lahna –currently racing under ITU flag- will be among the ones to watch in Rotterdam, a course where he earned the silver medal in last year’s world championship. But Frenchman Stephane Bahier, who won in Gold Coast early this year, or American Mark Barr will surely put up a great show. PTS2 Women Preview The Americans come really strong on the Women’s PTS2 class, with Allysa Seeley and Hailey Danz among the favourites for the race. They both earned gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2016 Paralympic Games, and are more than willing to repeat in the podium. Seeley won the first two World Paratriathlon races of the season in Gold Coast and Yokohama, but then she had to take some time off due to an injury. Danz, on her side, earn silver on her two World Paratriathlon events of the season, Yokohama and Edmonton, and she also won the USA Paratriathlon National Championships....

ITU Executive Board meets in Rotterdam ahead of the Grand Final

Triathlon News - Tue, 12/09/2017 - 12:53
The Executive Board of ITU has met during three days in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) just ahead of the ITU World Championships Grand Final to debate and decide on several important issues. “I am really satisfied of the intense work we have done, especially on defining the direction of our organization for the next four years,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “I feel really confident that with the work that we have been doing during last year, and the commitment from all the Board members, we will continue to push our organization even further. We do have more presence and impact now on the Olympics, with the Mixed Relays being part of the Olympic Program, now is time to focus on the goals for the next four years”. One of the main topics of the Executive Board meeting was the Strategic Plan 2018-2021, that will be presented on Congress this Thursday, and that will guide the principles of the organization during the next four years. With a changing environment and to ensure the global leadership of ITU within the sports community, the Board worked to establish an action plan that will ensure the growth of triathlon worldwide and to ensure the standards of excellence of ITU. After a warm remembrance of ITU’s former President, Les McDonald, who died only one week ago, the ITU Executive Board engaged in a lengthy discussion on some proposals to change the competition structure practices and ways to enhance them to ensure triathlon continues to offer a level playing field. During the board meeting, it was presented the new competition structure for the upcoming years, and also the current situation of cities wishing to host WTS or World Cup events, as well as the proposed system for qualification athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, both as individuals and as teams that will participate on the Mixed Relay event. The Board also congratulated one of their members, Dr. Debra Alexander, for her new role as elected member at large of the International Paralympic Committee Executive Board. She presented the Board the new plans to work on the classification system in order to fulfil the IPC requirements to get more sport classes in the Tokyo 2002 Paralympic Games. The Board approved the 2018 budget to be presented for approval to Congress, and the competition’s calendar which will be announced also in Rotterdam at the Congress. Next meeting of the Board will be in December, along with the Science and Triathlon Conference in...

ITU Executive Board meets in Rotterdam ahead of the Grand Final

Triathlon News - Tue, 12/09/2017 - 12:53
The Executive Board of ITU has met during three days in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) just ahead of the ITU World Championships Grand Final to debate and decide on several important issues. “I am really satisfied of the intense work we have done, especially on defining the direction of our organization for the next four years,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “I feel really confident that with the work that we have been doing during last year, and the commitment from all the Board members, we will continue to push our organization even further. We do have more presence and impact now on the Olympics, with the Mixed Relays being part of the Olympic Program, now is time to focus on the goals for the next four years”. One of the main topics of the Executive Board meeting was the Strategic Plan 2018-2021, that will be presented on Congress this Thursday, and that will guide the principles of the organization during the next four years. With a changing environment and to ensure the global leadership of ITU within the sports community, the Board worked to establish an action plan that will ensure the growth of triathlon worldwide and to ensure the standards of excellence of ITU. After a warm remembrance of ITU’s former President, Les McDonald, who died only one week ago, the ITU Executive Board engaged in a lengthy discussion on some proposals to change the competition structure practices and ways to enhance them to ensure triathlon continues to offer a level playing field. During the board meeting, it was presented the new competition structure for the upcoming years, and also the current situation of cities wishing to host WTS or World Cup events, as well as the proposed system for qualification athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, both as individuals and as teams that will participate on the Mixed Relay event. The Board also congratulated one of their members, Dr. Debra Alexander, for her new role as elected member at large of the International Paralympic Committee Executive Board. She presented the Board the new plans to work on the classification system in order to fulfil the IPC requirements to get more sport classes in the Tokyo 2002 Paralympic Games. The Board approved the 2018 budget to be presented for approval to Congress, and the competition’s calendar which will be announced also in Rotterdam at the Congress. Next meeting of the Board will be in December, along with the Science and Triathlon Conference in...

Let the 2017 WTS Rotterdam Grand Final Begin!

Triathlon News - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 07:07
The week that everyone has been waiting for all year has finally arrived, the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam is here! With activities starting on Thursday, September 14, triathletes from all corners of the globe will make their way to The Netherlands to compete in the finale of the 2017 triathlon season. World Championships crowns are up for grabs in the Elite, Junior, Under-23, Paratriathlon and Age Group levels in both the standard and sprint distance categories. While the elite races will take place on Saturday, September 16 and will be the ultimate showdown in the final race of the 2017 World Triathlon Series, as always, it is the age group triathletes that will make the long weekend an event that will never be forgotten! The opening ceremonies with a parade of nations will kick off on Thursday and then let the triathlon racing commence! First ones on taking the stage will be Paratriathletes, who will be diving on the Mass river on Friday at 9 am, to be followed at 15 pm by the Junior women race, and two hours later, at 19h, it will be the U23 men going on the streets of the Dutch city. Saturday will be the big day not only for the Elite athletes. The Junior men will be warming up the spectators from 8 am, to be followed by the U23 Women at 10 am. Then at 13.06 pm will be showtime for the best triathletes in the world, with World Crown up for grab. Among the favourites, five times world champion Javier Gomez Noya, current holder of the title Mario Mola, and some serious aspirants to the overall podium as Jonathan Brownlee, Richard Murray, Fernando Alarza or Kristian Blummenfelt. At 15.51 pm, the best Elite women of the world will take the stage. Among the 48 participants, former World Champions as Flora Duffy, silver Medallists in the Series as Andrea Hewitt, former Junior World Champions as Ashleigh Gentle or double Olympic medallist Nicola Spirig, with many other spirants to the world crowns. Over 3500 athletes are signed up to vie for a chance at winning a world championship in their respective age group category. Just under 2000 people will compete in the standard distance race, with just over 1600 that will choose to compete in the shorter sprint distance course. There will 404 triathletes competing across the U23, Junior and Elite races and also 163 Paratriathletes. Including ITU getting to bear a flag, there will be 78 nations represented over the course of the week. Leading with the most athletes will be Great Britain...

Let the 2017 WTS Rotterdam Grand Final Begin!

Triathlon News - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 07:07
The week that everyone has been waiting for all year has finally arrived, the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam is here! With activities starting on Thursday, September 14, triathletes from all corners of the globe will make their way to The Netherlands to compete in the finale of the 2017 triathlon season. World Championships crowns are up for grabs in the Elite, Junior, Under-23, Paratriathlon and Age Group levels in both the standard and sprint distance categories. While the elite races will take place on Saturday, September 16 and will be the ultimate showdown in the final race of the 2017 World Triathlon Series, as always, it is the age group triathletes that will make the long weekend an event that will never be forgotten! The opening ceremonies with a parade of nations will kick off on Thursday and then let the triathlon racing commence! First ones on taking the stage will be Paratriathletes, who will be diving on the Mass river on Friday at 9 am, to be followed at 15 pm by the Junior women race, and two hours later, at 19h, it will be the U23 men going on the streets of the Dutch city. Saturday will be the big day not only for the Elite athletes. The Junior men will be warming up the spectators from 8 am, to be followed by the U23 Women at 10 am. Then at 13.06 pm will be showtime for the best triathletes in the world, with World Crown up for grab. Among the favourites, five times world champion Javier Gomez Noya, current holder of the title Mario Mola, and some serious aspirants to the overall podium as Jonathan Brownlee, Richard Murray, Fernando Alarza or Kristian Blummenfelt. At 15.51 pm, the best Elite women of the world will take the stage. Among the 48 participants, former World Champions as Flora Duffy, silver Medallists in the Series as Andrea Hewitt, former Junior World Champions as Ashleigh Gentle or double Olympic medallist Nicola Spirig, with many other spirants to the world crowns. Over 3500 athletes are signed up to vie for a chance at winning a world championship in their respective age group category. Just under 2000 people will compete in the standard distance race, with just over 1600 that will choose to compete in the shorter sprint distance course. There will 404 triathletes competing across the U23, Junior and Elite races and also 163 Paratriathletes. Including ITU getting to bear a flag, there will be 78 nations represented over the course of the week. Leading with the most athletes will be Great Britain...

ITU Board Member Dr. Debra Alexander, elected to the IPC Governing Board

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 13:50
ITU is pleased to announce that our Board Member and African Triathlon Union Vice President, Dr. Debra Alexander, has been elected as Member at Large for the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board. Alexander was elected in the 18th IPC General Assembly, hosted in Abu Dhabi (UAE), that begun on Thursday September 7 and concludes today Friday 8. Nearly 330 representatives from 167 IPC member organizations (made up of 144 National Paralympic Committees, 15 International Federations, 4 Regional Organizations and4 International Organizations of Sport for the Disabled) attended the Assembly and the elections. “It is an honour and a privilege to be elected member at large of the IPC. Over the last few years, most of my work has been committed to the Paralympic athletes and the development of Paratriathlon, and I am extremely proud of this opportunity. I commit myself to working on empowering para athletes from grass roots to Paralympic level and beyond sport, and also to support the development of para sport to produce world class events and strengthen the Paralympic Brand. But remembering always that athletes should be first, and that we must provide equal opportunities for all, I will work on enhancing the debate internally within the organization, applying good governance rules and strong decisive leadership in this new era for the Paralympic Movement. I strongly believe that with team work , the International Paralympic Committee will be stronger and more innovative than ever”, said Dr. Alexander. “We feel extremely proud of the role that has been assigned to Debbie. She has been working tirelessly in the last few years for the development and implementation of our sport, including paratriathlon, and now she will be joining efforts with the IPC to bring the para sports and para athletes even further. She is a strong leader, a team player, a person who leads by example and a competent, determined and courageous person, and I am extremely glad that she can show her best also at the IPC”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. During the Assembly, Andrew Parsons from Brazil was elected the new President of IPC.,It is the end of an era for the organization, that has been led by Sir Philip Craven for the last 16 years. Andrew Parsons will be the third President on IPC’s 28 year history. Mr. Duane Kale from New Zealand was elected as the new Vice-president of the IPC. Also elected Members at large of the IPC were...

ITU Board Member Dr. Debra Alexander, elected to the IPC Governing Board

Triathlon News - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 13:50
ITU is pleased to announce that our Board Member and African Triathlon Union Vice President, Dr. Debra Alexander, has been elected as Member at Large for the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board. Alexander was elected in the 18th IPC General Assembly, hosted in Abu Dhabi (UAE), that begun on Thursday September 7 and concludes today Friday 8. Nearly 330 representatives from 167 IPC member organizations (made up of 144 National Paralympic Committees, 15 International Federations, 4 Regional Organizations and4 International Organizations of Sport for the Disabled) attended the Assembly and the elections. “It is an honour and a privilege to be elected member at large of the IPC. Over the last few years, most of my work has been committed to the Paralympic athletes and the development of Paratriathlon, and I am extremely proud of this opportunity. I commit myself to working on empowering para athletes from grass roots to Paralympic level and beyond sport, and also to support the development of para sport to produce world class events and strengthen the Paralympic Brand. But remembering always that athletes should be first, and that we must provide equal opportunities for all, I will work on enhancing the debate internally within the organization, applying good governance rules and strong decisive leadership in this new era for the Paralympic Movement. I strongly believe that with team work , the International Paralympic Committee will be stronger and more innovative than ever”, said Dr. Alexander. “We feel extremely proud of the role that has been assigned to Debbie. She has been working tirelessly in the last few years for the development and implementation of our sport, including paratriathlon, and now she will be joining efforts with the IPC to bring the para sports and para athletes even further. She is a strong leader, a team player, a person who leads by example and a competent, determined and courageous person, and I am extremely glad that she can show her best also at the IPC”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. During the Assembly, Andrew Parsons from Brazil was elected the new President of IPC.,It is the end of an era for the organization, that has been led by Sir Philip Craven for the last 16 years. Andrew Parsons will be the third President on IPC’s 28 year history. Mr. Duane Kale from New Zealand was elected as the new Vice-president of the IPC. Also elected Members at large of the IPC were...

The Triathlon community mourns the death of ITU Honorary President, Les McDonald

Triathlon News - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 19:06
The International Triathlon Union and Les McDonald’s family want to express their infinite gratitude to the whole triathlon and sports community for their support and warm messages of condolence sent after the death of our Honorary President, Les McDonald. Thousands of emails, letters, Facebook and Twitter message were received yesterday showing their love they all had for him, and securing that his legacy will live among us forever. IOC President Thomas Bach said “On behalf of the Olympic Movement, I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to everyone at the International Triathlon Union. Les McDonald was a great and determined fighter and he played a decisive role in making triathlon an Olympic sport. Having known Les personally, I know that it was such a proud moment for him to see the sport that he loved so much officially become a part of the Olympic programme at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000”. “Through his incredible dedication and commitment to triathlon, Les always led by example. In many ways, but especially with regards to fighting for gender balance and support for athletes in sport, he was ahead of his time. This was hugely appreciated by everyone in the Olympic family, included myself. He will always be remembered for his incredible perseverance, inspiring so many people with his great achievements.” The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) also extended their condolences to ITU and the McDonald’s family. “ASOIF is saddened by the passing of ITU Honorary President Les McDonald. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We will remember him as a passionate person and one who has greatly impacted the evolution of your sport, triathlon”, said its President, IOC Member Francesco Ricci Bitti. “We are extremely grateful for all the messages received. Les was a wonderful person, and his dedication to our sport has had an impact on everyone. We will make sure that his legacy will live with all of us forever, and that our sport will continue to grow as he would have wished”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.  “For us here at Japan Triathlon Union, Les was not only a very special person but an immeasurable compass guiding us along the right way in developing the sport of Triathlon this far in Japan” said Shin Otsuka, Senior Managing Director of the Japan Triathlon Union and ITU Vice President. Along the same line, President of USA Triathlon and ITU Board...

The Triathlon community mourns the death of ITU Honorary President, Les McDonald

Triathlon News - Wed, 06/09/2017 - 19:06
The International Triathlon Union and Les McDonald’s family want to express their infinite gratitude to the whole triathlon and sports community for their support and warm messages of condolence sent after the death of our Honorary President, Les McDonald. Thousands of emails, letters, Facebook and Twitter message were received yesterday showing their love they all had for him, and securing that his legacy will live among us forever. IOC President Thomas Bach said “On behalf of the Olympic Movement, I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to everyone at the International Triathlon Union. Les McDonald was a great and determined fighter and he played a decisive role in making triathlon an Olympic sport. Having known Les personally, I know that it was such a proud moment for him to see the sport that he loved so much officially become a part of the Olympic programme at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000”. “Through his incredible dedication and commitment to triathlon, Les always led by example. In many ways, but especially with regards to fighting for gender balance and support for athletes in sport, he was ahead of his time. This was hugely appreciated by everyone in the Olympic family, included myself. He will always be remembered for his incredible perseverance, inspiring so many people with his great achievements.” The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) also extended their condolences to ITU and the McDonald’s family. “ASOIF is saddened by the passing of ITU Honorary President Les McDonald. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We will remember him as a passionate person and one who has greatly impacted the evolution of your sport, triathlon”, said its President, IOC Member Francesco Ricci Bitti. “We are extremely grateful for all the messages received. Les was a wonderful person, and his dedication to our sport has had an impact on everyone. We will make sure that his legacy will live with all of us forever, and that our sport will continue to grow as he would have wished”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.  “For us here at Japan Triathlon Union, Les was not only a very special person but an immeasurable compass guiding us along the right way in developing the sport of Triathlon this far in Japan” said Shin Otsuka, Senior Managing Director of the Japan Triathlon Union and ITU Vice President. Along the same line, President of USA Triathlon and ITU Board...

ITU Honorary President, Les McDonald, dies at 84 years of age

Triathlon News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:05
It is with great sadness that ITU has learned of the death of our Honorary President, Les McDonald. He died on September 4 in Vancouver (Canada), at 84 years of age. McDonald served as ITU’s President from its inception in 1989 until 2008, and he was largely credited with getting the sport of triathlon into the Olympic Summer Games.  The grief of his passing is shared by his family, friends, athletes, fans and all the triathlon family, and by ITU staff and Board. “Les was not only an extraordinary person, he was part of the triathlon family, and will be always remembered. His impact on the global evolution of our sport, and the governing body, was very significant.  Those of us who were privileged to share this journey with him are immensely sadden at this moment.  He lived a plentiful life, dedicated to triathlon, and we will continue to live with his legacy to make sure the sport is always about the athletes”, said ITU President an IOC member, Marisol Casado. ITU Vice President, Loreen Barnett, and a long-time friend of McDonald said that “Les’ greatest legacy is the number of opportunities that he created for women; athletes, officials and administrators.  Les’ grandmother was a suffragette in the UK in the early decades of the last century, and her lessons on equality for women in terms of reward and opportunity guided Les’ work during his leadership role within ITU.  Hundreds of women, including myself, benefitted from his belief in the equal ability of women”.  The son of a coal miner, McDonald was born in Felling upon Tyne, near Newcastle in the northeast of Britain, on April 30 1933. He started working while he was still a young boy, only 14, and became interested in mountain climbing, tackling major routes in the Alps and many first ascents in North America. It was during a climbing and ski trip to Austria that he met his life mate, Monique, and in 1954 they married and settled in Vancouver, where McDonald found work as an electrician. They have three children, Ian, Helen and Daniel.  As a member of the Grouse Mountain Ski Club he helped organise many of the mountain’s earliest alpine events and coached the BC ski team. Later, he was part of the group that founded Whistler, building its first ski lift, helping construct the first power line in from Squamish, even serving on the unsuccessful Vancouver-Garibaldi Olympic bid in the mid-1960s.  The network of cross-country ski trails...

ITU Honorary President, Les McDonald, dies at 84 years of age

Triathlon News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:05
It is with great sadness that ITU has learned of the death of our Honorary President, Les McDonald. He died on September 4 in Vancouver (Canada), at 84 years of age. McDonald served as ITU’s President from its inception in 1989 until 2008, and he was largely credited with getting the sport of triathlon into the Olympic Summer Games.  The grief of his passing is shared by his family, friends, athletes, fans and all the triathlon family, and by ITU staff and Board. “Les was not only an extraordinary person, he was part of the triathlon family, and will be always remembered. His impact on the global evolution of our sport, and the governing body, was very significant.  Those of us who were privileged to share this journey with him are immensely sadden at this moment.  He lived a plentiful life, dedicated to triathlon, and we will continue to live with his legacy to make sure the sport is always about the athletes”, said ITU President an IOC member, Marisol Casado. ITU Vice President, Loreen Barnett, and a long-time friend of McDonald said that “Les’ greatest legacy is the number of opportunities that he created for women; athletes, officials and administrators.  Les’ grandmother was a suffragette in the UK in the early decades of the last century, and her lessons on equality for women in terms of reward and opportunity guided Les’ work during his leadership role within ITU.  Hundreds of women, including myself, benefitted from his belief in the equal ability of women”.  The son of a coal miner, McDonald was born in Felling upon Tyne, near Newcastle in the northeast of Britain, on April 30 1933. He started working while he was still a young boy, only 14, and became interested in mountain climbing, tackling major routes in the Alps and many first ascents in North America. It was during a climbing and ski trip to Austria that he met his life mate, Monique, and in 1954 they married and settled in Vancouver, where McDonald found work as an electrician. They have three children, Ian, Helen and Daniel.  As a member of the Grouse Mountain Ski Club he helped organise many of the mountain’s earliest alpine events and coached the BC ski team. Later, he was part of the group that founded Whistler, building its first ski lift, helping construct the first power line in from Squamish, even serving on the unsuccessful Vancouver-Garibaldi Olympic bid in the mid-1960s.  The network of cross-country ski trails...

ITU Honorary President, Les McDonald, dies at 84 years of age

Triathlon News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:05
It is with great sadness that ITU has learned of the death of our Honorary President, Les McDonald. He died on September 4 in Vancouver (Canada), at 84 years of age. McDonald served as ITU’s President from its inception in 1989 until 2008, and he was largely credited with getting the sport of triathlon into the Olympic Summer Games.  The grief of his passing is shared by his family, friends, athletes, fans and all the triathlon family, and by ITU staff and Board. “Les was not only an extraordinary person, he was part of the triathlon family, and will be always remembered. His impact on the global evolution of our sport, and the governing body, was very significant.  Those of us who were privileged to share this journey with him are immensely sadden at this moment.  He lived a plentiful life, dedicated to triathlon, and we will continue to live with his legacy to make sure the sport is always about the athletes”, said ITU President an IOC member, Marisol Casado. ITU Vice President, Loreen Barnett, and a long-time friend of McDonald said that “Les’ greatest legacy is the number of opportunities that he created for women; athletes, officials and administrators.  Les’ grandmother was a suffragette in the UK in the early decades of the last century, and her lessons on equality for women in terms of reward and opportunity guided Les’ work during his leadership role within ITU.  Hundreds of women, including myself, benefitted from his belief in the equal ability of women”.  The son of a coal miner, McDonald was born in Felling upon Tyne, near Newcastle in the northeast of Britain, on April 30 1933. He started working while he was still a young boy, only 14, and became interested in mountain climbing, tackling major routes in the Alps and many first ascents in North America. It was during a climbing and ski trip to Austria that he met his life mate, Monique, and in 1954 they married and settled in Vancouver, where McDonald found work as an electrician. They have three children, Ian, Helen and Daniel.  As a member of the Grouse Mountain Ski Club he helped organise many of the mountain’s earliest alpine events and coached the BC ski team. Later, he was part of the group that founded Whistler, building its first ski lift, helping construct the first power line in from Squamish, even serving on the unsuccessful Vancouver-Garibaldi Olympic bid in the mid-1960s.  The network of cross-country ski trails...

IPC increases the quota of paratriathlon athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 21:57
The IPC announced today the medal events programme and athlete quotas for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The decision followed a thorough review of the proposals from each of the 22 sports on the Tokyo programme submitted to the IPC. ITU is pleased to announce that the International Paralympic Committee has increased the quota for paratriathletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to 80, 20 more than in the previous Games. Furthermore, the IPC Governing Board has initially confirmed three medal events per gender, the same number ITU had at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. There is a possibility to increase the medal events per gender in case a mutually agreed classification system is in place by December 2018. The athlete quota for paratriathlon will be 80 athletes, regardless of the number of classes and medal events “We are extremely pleased that the IPC has increased the number of paratriathletes that will be able to perform in Tokyo 2020. The Paralympic Games is the pinnacle of sport for all our athletes, and we are sure that this increase will mean an increase in the number of athletes practicing paratriathlon, participating in events and vying to get one of those spots. Furthermore, we are delighted with the possibility of having more sport classes and events in Tokyo. We will work closely with the IPC to achieve this goal and to keep developing our beloved sport”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. Taken together, the International Federations had asked for a total of 4,979 athletes and 555 medal events at Tokyo 2020, and after negotiations between the Federations and the IOC, the Games at Tokyo 2020 will have a total of 528 medal events and 4,400 athletes, 50 more than in the previous Paralympic Games. ITU will work closely with the IPC in order to reach consensus on a classification system that may see more classes included at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

IPC increases the quota of paratriathlon athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 21:57
The IPC announced today the medal events programme and athlete quotas for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The decision followed a thorough review of the proposals from each of the 22 sports on the Tokyo programme submitted to the IPC. ITU is pleased to announce that the International Paralympic Committee has increased the quota for paratriathletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to 80, 20 more than in the previous Games. Furthermore, the IPC Governing Board has initially confirmed three medal events per gender, the same number ITU had at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. There is a possibility to increase the medal events per gender in case a mutually agreed classification system is in place by December 2018. The athlete quota for paratriathlon will be 80 athletes, regardless of the number of classes and medal events “We are extremely pleased that the IPC has increased the number of paratriathletes that will be able to perform in Tokyo 2020. The Paralympic Games is the pinnacle of sport for all our athletes, and we are sure that this increase will mean an increase in the number of athletes practicing paratriathlon, participating in events and vying to get one of those spots. Furthermore, we are delighted with the possibility of having more sport classes and events in Tokyo. We will work closely with the IPC to achieve this goal and to keep developing our beloved sport”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. Taken together, the International Federations had asked for a total of 4,979 athletes and 555 medal events at Tokyo 2020, and after negotiations between the Federations and the IOC, the Games at Tokyo 2020 will have a total of 528 medal events and 4,400 athletes, 50 more than in the previous Paralympic Games. ITU will work closely with the IPC in order to reach consensus on a classification system that may see more classes included at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

IPC increases the quota of paratriathlon athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Triathlon News - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 21:56
The IPC announced today the medal events programme and athlete quotas for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The decision followed a thorough review of the proposals from each of the 22 sports on the Tokyo programme submitted to the IPC. ITU is pleased to announce that the International Paralympic Committee has increased the quota for paratriathletes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to 80, 20 more than in the previous Games. Furthermore, the IPC Governing Board has initially confirmed three medal events per gender, the same number ITU had at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. There is a possibility to increase the medal events per gender in case a mutually agreed classification system is in place by December 2018. The athlete quota for paratriathlon will be 80 athletes, regardless of the number of classes and medal events “We are extremely pleased that the IPC has increased the number of paratriathletes that will be able to perform in Tokyo 2020. The Paralympic Games is the pinnacle of sport for all our athletes, and we are sure that this increase will mean an increase in the number of athletes practicing paratriathlon, participating in events and vying to get one of those spots. Furthermore, we are delighted with the possibility of having more sport classes and events in Tokyo. We will work closely with the IPC to achieve this goal and to keep developing our beloved sport”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. Taken together, the International Federations had asked for a total of 4,979 athletes and 555 medal events at Tokyo 2020, and after negotiations between the Federations and the IOC, the Games at Tokyo 2020 will have a total of 528 medal events and 4,400 athletes, 50 more than in the previous Paralympic Games. ITU will work closely with the IPC in order to reach consensus on a classification system that may see more classes included at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Multisport World Championships torch passed to Fyn after successful Penticton event

Triathlon News - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 21:51
The inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival completed on August 27 after a successful ten-day event in Penticton, Canada that drew in over 3,000 athletes from all over the world to compete in five different multisport competitions. After over two years of preparation and planning, the success of the first-ever event was evident as the city of Penticton saw 507 medals awarded among age group, junior, under-23, elite and paratriathlon levels. Ten gold medals were also awarded as ten elite men and women were named Multisport World Champions. “What an honour for myself, the LOC and the City of Penticton to host the inaugural ITUMWCF. We were very excited to see thousands of athletes around the globe come to Penticton to compete. Huge thank you to all the staff, volunteers, sponsors and stakeholders that supported the event, especially the city of Penticton and the province of BC. We wish all the best to Fyn, Denmark as the prepare for the 2018 ITUMWCF,” said Michael Brown, Executive Director of Penticton 2017. With the completion of the festival in Penticton, the torch has now been passed to the European nation of Denmark, where the 2018 ITU Mulisport World Championships Festival will be held on the island of Fyn. Taking place from July 6-14, 2018, the festival will see the same format that was conducted in Penticton, where ITU World Titles will be won in duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon, aquabike and long distance triathlon. Fyn will set a unique stage as the event will be showcased across three host cities, Odense, Svendborg and Middelfart. “In Penticton we have seen how the new ITU Multisport Festival format has become a great event. We are looking so much forward to welcoming both athletes, their families and spectators to the island of Fyn next year. With the Danish tradition of hosting sporting events and the strong collaboration between Sport Event Denmark, Sport Event Fyn, the Danish Triathlon Federation and the local clubs I am sure we can take the next step in developing this festival,” said Morten Fenger, Managing Director of the Danish Triathlon Federation. With the goal of growing the multisport world by increasing participation and awareness, ITU is excited about next year’s event in Fyn and is confident that the event will be as successful as this year’s inaugural celebration. “The first-ever ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton was a huge success. This new approach into...

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