FROM BRITISH TRIATHLON - Paratriathlon – Rio 2016 is our dream

From the British Triathlon Federation website (original here):

04th December 2009

Following confirmation received from the International Triathlon Union (ITU), British Triathlon is delighted to report that paratriathlon will formally be considered for inclusion in the Rio 2016 Games Sports Programme by the International Paralympic Committee.

Mark Barfield, Director of Development at British Triathlon and member of the ITU Paratriathlon Committee said:  "Although there is still work to be done to secure full status, this is great progress.  Through working with the ITU Paratriathlon Committee, the development of the paratriathlon over recent years has been exceptional, this is a fantastic step forward for the sport".

ITU Vice President and Board Liaison to the Paratriathlon Committee, Sarah Springman was also delighted to congratulate Sir Philip Craven MBE on being re-elected unopposed to preside over the International Paratriathlon Committee for the next quadrennial. "It is a great tribute to Sir Phil that he has been elected for a third term and will lead paralympic sport through the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He has contributed hugely to the leadership and governance of world sport in his many and various roles. We look forward to benefitting from this great experience as we seek to join the Paralympic family as a programme sport".

New Year's Message from the President of the International Triathlon Union

New Year's Wishes from the President of the ITU (original found here) - note the mention of paratriathlon at the very bottom!!


Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Farewell to 2009 and a wish for even more success for everyone in 2010

A year ago, we were all filled with expectations about the year ahead and the new things to come: a new management team; a new World Series; a post-Olympic year, elections in National Federations and Continental Confederations - big challenges, great expectations. 
The year has unfolded at a good pace.  Everyone has been open to change and has thoroughly enjoyed it.  Some of us may have wanted to make changes with more haste, but as the African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."
I have resolved to go farther and will therefore work together with the National Federations, the Continental Confederations, the ITU Committees and the ITU Commissions.
I have greatly enjoyed sharing the Dextro-Energy Triathlon – ITU Triathlon World Championship Series with our elite athletes, who once again deserve our congratulations for their outstanding performances to make the series a success.  To all of you, without exception, from the first one to the last one, it is your performance in and out of the competition that is the greater strength of our sport.  It is on your account that I feel exceptionally honoured to represent Triathlon in the various international forums.
We could never, not even in our wildest dreams, have taken the leap into the world series without the endorsement of our sponsors: Lagadere, Upsolut, and Sportfive. Without the shadow of a doubt, and I do not refer here exclusively to their financial contribution, but specifically to the extraordinary working team who have known how to fit in with the ITU's efficient and professional team.  Together they have raised the technical profile of our foremost competitions.
I am also grateful to the local organising committees who hosted the events for the first time in 2009:  Without them, and without the support of the cities and towns where the competitions took place, our sport would not to have been able to develop the way it did. 
What can we say about our professional ITU team "commanded" by Loreen Barnett?.  I cannot thank them enough for their capacity to adapt to the new direction, for the kind support they gave to me and for their unfailing commitment. 
Peter Holmes, your youth, your skills and desire to learn, your smile, your team spirit – it will always be present with us! 
The International Olympic Committee has welcomed me with open arms, and has given to Triathlon one of the most momentous Christmas gifts of which an Olympic International Federation can dream - the nomination of the IF President to become a member of the International Olympic Committee.  My warmest thanks to Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President for the confidence that he has placed in us. 
In 2010 the spirit of Emilio will help me to maintain the course: zeal, commitment, loyalty, friendship, competence, co-operation, high-spirits, the desire to do good, a critical mind, respect for cultural differences, a passion for Triathlon… no one can possibly replace him but his spirit will always be with me; with all of us.
With a new season and a new decade come new challenges:
  • I will work for our athletes to ensure they are rewarded and recognized as they deserve;
  • For triathlon to reach levels and arrives at places that we cannot imagine at this time;
  • For this great ITU family to remain united and strengthen by our link with everyone that in one way or another practices Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon; on road or off, in pools or in oceans.  Everyone involved; young and old; elite, age group or para; individual and team; long distance to super-sprint - THAT IS ITU!
Marisol Casado, President
International Triathlon Union

PRESS RELEASE (26 Nov 09) - Triathlon Canada Re-Elects Stephen Holmes as President of Organization Focused on International Excellence

Press release from Triathlon Canada discussing new President of the Board of Directors.  Of note to paratriathletes is the membership of Meyrick Jones on the Board.  Meyrick is an AK who has competed at a world-class level - his blog can be found here.


TORONTO - Stephen Holmes will lead a new Board of Directors who will be counted on to play an integral role in ensuring the success of Canada's triathletes beyond 2012. Holmes was re-elected to a new four-year term as president of Triathlon Canada at the not-for-profit sport organization's recent Annual General Meeting in Edmonton.
Holmes, who took a lead role during his opening term in assembling one of the strongest and most professional Boards in the organization's history that has been focused on good governance, fundraising and developing the sport of triathlon across the country, will now look to expand on the foundation of his work, while leading the Board of Directors until 2013.
"I take a lot of pride in the fact that we have developed a culture of quality with an accountable Board of Directors determined to achieve international high-performance excellence in triathlon, and who also play a leadership role in our sport's communities across the country," said Holmes, who added that recruiting quality-paid professional full-time sport and administrative leaders was a priority during his opening reign between 2005-09. "As a Board, we are going to work together over the next four years to focus on ensuring our athletes have access to the necessary funds and resources needed to win."
Recognizing money is often driven by medals, Holmes and the Board of Directors, who will oversee all areas of the organization, will also be committed to growing the sport across Canada and achieving excellence at the international level on the playing field.
"Our sport has experienced tremendous growth since 2000, but we need to continue developing creative ways to find the next Simon Whitfield," said Holmes, whose full-time career is a Barrister and Solicitor of the law firm Holmes and Company."We need to be efficient with our resources and only send athletes who are competitive to international competitions, so that we can focus our resources and coaching on broadening the talent of our under-23 level athletes. If we achieve our plan, ideally we will see a lot more Simon's on the horizon."
During his opening four-year term, Holmes hired the organization's first executive director at the national office in Toronto, improved budgeting systems, and maintained a financially strong organization. As a result, Triathlon Canada has developed into a professionally-run organization that has increased its funding base through sponsorship.
Holmes and the team at Triathlon Canada were also instrumental in leading the growth of participation levels at the sport by implementing major programs including: a Long Term Athlete Development Model; Canada hosting two World Championship events; improving management services to age group athletes competing at World Championships; inclusion of triathlon at Canada Summer Games in 2009; and ensuring all aspects of the sport are friendly to athletes with a disability.
"We have come a long way in the last four years, but we cannot stop here. We need to continue to build on this success in order to lead our sport to greater achievements in the future," said Holmes. "One of our biggest challenges is going to be raising the financial resources to achieve excellence but I am confident we will achieve our goals with the exceptional people we have in place."
Holmes and his Board of Directors have four core strategies they will focus on over the next quadrennial including: national team program from the grassroots to high-performance sport level; development system at the national training centres, development team and talent identification; coaching programs; and national championships.
A high-performance athlete himself growing up, Holmes competed in a variety of university sports prior to representing Canada on eight age group triathlon and duathlon teams that competed at the World Championships. He has also competed in an Ironman and has completed several marathons around the world.
Holmes joined Triathlon Canada's Board of Directors as vice-president prior to becoming president in 2005. He is an executive of the Pan American Triathlon Congress and a former president of Triathlon British Columbia.
"I truly believe in giving back, and that charity is your rent on earth," said Holmes. "For me, to make an influence on this sport that I love is awesome, and I am going to work very hard with our Board and staff to make a mark, and ensure we achieve excellence."
Holmes will be joined on the Board of Directors from 2009-13:
Stephen Holmes – President
Larry McMahon – Vice-President
Luc Landriault – Treasurer
Lori Ebbesen – Secretary General
Carolyn Murray – Athlete Representative
Sue Ironside – Provincial Governing Body (PGB) Representative
Directors at Large
Meyrick Jones – Chair
Michael Copeland
Mike Ellis – Chair
Regional Directors
Debb Brethauer – Saskatchewan/Manitoba
Dan Gautreau – Atlantic
Genevi̬ve Pellerin РOntario/Quebec
Bill Hallett – Past-President (non-voting)

Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as an Olympic medal sport since 2000, Triathlon Canada's mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at on the Internet.