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Posted: March 16, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Triathlon: Getting2Tri’s National ParaTriathlete Training Camp Receives USA Triathlon Sanctioning

Only Camp of its Kind to Train Physically-Challenged Athletes

ATLANTA, March 15, 2009 – The Getting2Tri Foundation’s (G2T, online at www.getting2tri.org), National ParaTriathlete Training Camp (NPTC) received official sanctioned status from USA Triathlon, the governing body of triathlon in the U.S. The status provides comprehensive insurance coverage to protect NPTC participants and allows the event to acknowledge USA Triathlon affiliation and use the governing body’s logos and images.

G2T’s four-day camp which starts this Thursday in Atlanta, Ga. provides new and experienced physically-challenged athletes (categorized in triathlon as ParaTriathletes) with individualized coaching in the sports of swimming, cycling and running, as well as interactive presentations, workout sessions, expert analysis and community building time. Hosted at the sports facilities of the Georgia Institute of Technology, nearly 30 ParaTriathletes from more than 10 states and one international Paratriathlete (Morocco) will receive world-class coaching and personalized instruction to help them further develop their skills and abilities prior to the start of the triathlon season.

“The sanctioning of our camp by USA Triathlon is recognition of the unique status of NPTC as the only training camp of its kind in the country for ParaTriathletes,” said Gina Weathersby, executive director, The Getting2Tri Foundation. “At this national event, we coach individuals at every level – from those training their first sprint-distance event to those competing at the top level of the sport, the ITU World Championships and the World Ironman Championships in Kona.”

Each year, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 2,500 events across the country. USA Triathlon not only sanctions triathlons, but also duathlons, aquathlons, off-road events, winter triathlons, youth races, camps and clinics. NPTC is the only camp in the country to provide coaching and instructional training to ParaTriathletes.

Formed in 2006, G2T provides coaching, mentoring and training in the sports of swimming, cycling and running to physically-challenged individuals. Specifically, G2T addresses the needs of individuals with limb loss, paralysis and muscular or neurological disorders. G2T athletes range from single sport members entering their first race as part of a relay team, to seasoned triathletes competing in Kona at the Ironman World Championships. The backgrounds of ParaTriathletes are just as varied as their goals, from wounded veterans to people with limb loss due to disease. For each athlete, G2T’s focus is the same: to get him or her onto the playing field, at whatever level is their personal best.

Sports Foundation: The Getting2Tri Foundation
Getting2Tri believes that individuals with a disability deserve the inspiration, support and opportunity to participate in athletic endeavors that promote healthy, active lifestyles. Our mission is to provide services and programs through the sports of swimming, cycling, and running to align physically-challenged individuals-also called ParaTriathletes-with their athletic pursuits, create communities for knowledge sharing, and reduce the perceived barriers between people. You can learn more, or contribute to our efforts, at www.getting2tri.org.


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