The ITU Women’s Committee has opened the nomination process for this year’s Women’s Committee Award of Excellence and asks all National Federations to submit their proposals over the coming weeks. The annual award will once again celebrate contributions made by members of the triathlon family towards women at all levels of the sport, whether by opening up pathways to newcomers and leaders alike, coaching or educating, raising awareness of gender issues or by being an exemplary role model for female athletes.
“I want to thank our National Federations for their continued commitment to promoting women in our sport and creating environments of equality in which they can thrive,” said Women’s Commission chair Tomoko Wada.
“Each year we look forward to receiving the nominations and learning more about incredible individuals who work tirelessly behind-the-scenes to keep the sport of triathlon moving forward. Our commission is tasked with ensuring that female athletes, volunteers and staff are represented fairly and their voices heard, but every year we are inspired all over again by the stories behind the nominees for this important award.”
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 29 May 2019, with the announcement and presentation taking place at the ITU Congress in Lausanne in August.
Last year’s recipient was Theresa Roden from the USA, who established the i-tri: Transformation Through Triathlon programme back in 2010. Inspired by her own transformative experience in a first triathlon in her late 30s, Roden wanted to share the confidence and strength that she had gained from that moment with other girls in her region – particularly those with challenging social or emotional backgrounds. Last year the program was running in six Long Island schools with over 130 participants.
You can read the full criteria here and download the nomination form here.