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News & Notes
NEWS ROUNDUP
ELECTION RESULTS
USA Triathlon announced on Oct. 26 the results of its 2017 Board of Directors Election, and Susan Haag, Mike Wien, Kevin Haas, Erin Storie and Keri Serota were elected to the USA Triathlon Board of Directors. All new Board members will serve two-year terms beginning in January 2018.


More information on the 2017 USA Triathlon elections, including candidate platforms, can be found at www.usatriathlon.org/governance.


 


USOC AWARD
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced that USA Triathlon is the recipient of the USOC’s annual Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Award, which recognizes the National Governing Body with the highest annual growth percentage of underrepresented individuals based on diversity data for women and racial and ethnic minorities.


USA Triathlon led all NGBs and High Performance Management Organizations in the Olympic and Paralympic movements with a 6.23 percent increase in membership for women and persons of color from 2015-16. Percentage increases were evaluated based on overall NGB numbers, which include boards, employees, membership, and national team athletes and coaches.


“Increasing the diversity of our membership, staff and volunteer leadership has been a longstanding priority at USA Triathlon. We are proud to see our efforts make an impact as we draw more individuals of all backgrounds into our sport,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris. “The work is not done, as we continue to support programs for underserved youth, promote women’s participation and make a difference for minorities at the grassroots level.”


 


 


 


 


ITU WORLD TRIATHLON BERMUDA
Join ITU World Champion Flora Duffy on her beautiful island home to race ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28, 2018.


Don’t miss this bucket-list ITU World Triathlon Series event to kick off your season. Participate in sprint- and standard-distance events — swim in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, bike beautiful winding roads, and run a colorful course in the center of Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton.


Bermuda is easily accessible with daily direct flights from major U.S. hubs, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Miami. The warm April climate allows for early season training and a great island atmosphere for friends and family.


 


 


 


 


USA TRIATHLON ANNOUNCES PROJECT PODIUM
USA Triathlon announced on Nov. 13 the formation of Project Podium, a men’s elite development program to be based at Arizona State University beginning in August 2018. The program is designed to develop top young male triathletes in the United States to achieve medal performances in major international competition and, ultimately, in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.


The program will enable college-aged triathletes with elite competitive potential to train in a daily high-performance environment while earning an under-graduate degree at ASU through its esteemed online program or at one of four campuses throughout Arizona. Athletes may receive scholarship funds and stipends from USA Triathlon based on competitive performance.


“USA Triathlon is proud to partner with Arizona State University to bring Project Podium to life,” said Rocky Harris, CEO of USA Triathlon. “This program has been designed as a new model for developing future Olympians that represents an unprecedented opportunity for college-aged men to pursue triathlon at the elite level while earning a degree that will serve them well beyond their triathlon careers. I am confident in our ability to recruit top talent to the program, and I look forward to seeing what the participants accomplish in the years to come.”


Triathlon was named an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women in January of 2014, giving female athletes the chance to compete in the sport at the NCAA level with the support of their university’s athletic departments.


 


 


 


 


NCAA TRIATHLON HALFWAY TO CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS
USA Triathlon announced several schools have added varsity triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women as of press time. In November, Division I schools University of South Dakota (Vermillion, South Dakota) and Wagner College (Staten Island, New York) were added as the 20th and 21st schools. The commitment of the 20th school was a mile-stone in triathlon’s journey to becoming an NCAA Championship sport, marking the halfway point of a goal to reach 40 schools by 2024.


Deemed an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women in January of 2014, triathlon has a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability as an NCAA sport option.


“We are ahead of schedule as the sport reaches the halfway point to full-fledged NCAA status, and I’m highly confident in the future of women’s triathlon as a permanent varsity sport at universities nationwide,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “We are proud to welcome the University of South Dakota as the 20th school to offer varsity women’s triathlon.”


The following schools also added varsity triathlon recently:


St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, New York (Division II); Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Division III); Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois (Division III); Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia (Division II).


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