VA/USP Training Allowance
Through a partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA Paralympic Program Office helps to provide a monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans of the Armed Forces, as authorized by section 703 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Through the program, the VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-connected or non-service-connected disability if the Veteran meets the minimum military standard or higher (i.e. Emerging, Talent Pool, National Team) in his/her respective sport at a recognized competition.
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To view the 2013 Paratriathlon Standards, click here.Questions? Email Kallie Quinn from U.S. Paralympics.
The Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) Paralympic Program is available for Soldiers with physical disabilities who demonstrate the commitment and skill to pursue elite level competitions. The program provides the support and training to compete and succeed in national and international competitions and the Paralympic Games, while maintaining a professional military career. The Program strives to enhance the rehabilitation, readiness, and quality of life for injured Soldiers through Paralympic sports.
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Questions? Email Kallie Quinn from U.S. Paralympics
There are many existing organizations out there to help military veterans or active-duty military athletes in their quest to fuel the multisport lifestyle. Whether you are looking for training support, access to equipment, grants for travel to events, or just a mentor; the organizations below are a great place to start.
U.S. Paralympics Grant
USA Paratriathlon has been awarded a $50,000 grant from U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), through Veterans Affairs and the United States Paralympics Integrated Adaptive Sports Program to help fuel paratriathlon growth among U.S. veterans.
Grant funding to sport organizations is provided through a partnership between the USOC and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic-sport programming for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
To read the official press release, click here.
The USA Paratriathlon Military Program is being funded by the generous contribution from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Questions about the Military Program? Email us.
Event Travel Assistance
Through the grant we received from the U.S. Paralympics Integrated Adaptive Sports Program and the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, we are able to offer limited travel assistance to key events in 2013. The events we are able to provide funding to are:
- 2013 ITU San Diego – April 20 –San Diego, California
- 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Championship – May 27 – Austin, Texas
- 2013 UCO Endeavor Games – June 7-9 –Edmond, Oklahoma
- 2013 Triathlon Canada Paratriathlon National Championship – June 22 –Edmonton, Canada
If any active duty or veterans of the military are interested in applying for travel assistance to any or all of the events above, please fill out the attached application form and email to Amanda Duke. Within the application form you are able to tell us how much money you are seeking and for which events.
Deadline to apply is April 1, 2013.
It is not guaranteed that everyone will receive what they ask for, but USA Paratriathlon will be letting athletes know if they are to receive money to any event and how much by April 9, 2013.
Questions? Email us.
Please be aware that this travel assistance program is only for current or former military athletes.
Questions about travel assistance can be sent to Amanda Duke Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camps and Clinics
With the VA grant that was received this year, USA Paratriathlon is working on coordinating five (5) Paratriathlon focused skills camps throughout the country for the 2013 season. These camps will all have a 2-3 days of instruction with the final day reserved for competing in a triathlon. All of the details are still being finalized but all relevant information will be posted here when known.
CAF Dodge Paratriathlon Camps - the Official Technical Training Camps of USA Paratriathlon
May 9-12, 2013 in Pensacola, Florida
August 15-18, 2013 in San Diego, California
For the fourth year in a row, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is proud to present its world-class Dodge Paratriathlon Camps. Designated as the "Official Technical Training Camps of USA Paratriathlon" by USAT, these in-depth and comprehensive three-day camps are open to to all levels and classes of Paratriathletes and are focused on increasing athletes' performance and maximizing their potential throughout the year. Athletes receive expert classroom and technical instruction from USA Triathlon-certified coaches who specialize in Paratriathlons, well as mentoring and tips from some of USA Paratriathlon's most decorated paratriathletes. All instruction, meals and lodging are provided free of charge and each athlete will receive a stipend of up to $400 to cover travel to and from the events.
The purpose of the CAF Dodge Paratriathlon Camps isn't to get in shape in three days, but to provide participating athletes with the tools, techniques, skills and knowledge they need to succeed and reach their goals in Paratriathlon.
At the camps, athletes will receive: Proper fit on their bike or handcycle by certified bike fitter, video analysis of their swim stroke, analysis of their running gait or racing chair stroke, on the road and on the track instruction, classroom sessions focusing on proper planning, training and nutrition, and thorough explanation of rules of Paratriathlon and the classification system
Participation in the CAF Dodge Paratriathlon Camps is by application only. Registration can be found at www.challengedathletes.org
- Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Training Camp
June 7-9, 2013 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club will be hosting its 3rd annual Dare2tri Paratri Training Camp in Pleasant Prairie, WI from June 7-9, 2013. The camp is open to all levels of paratriathletes including beginners and athletes ages 16 and older. The camp will include clinics in swimming (pool and open water), cycling, running/pushing, nutrition, transition and functional strength.
All clinics are lead by USAT certified coaches, current and past Paralympians, national team members and national and international team coaches.
Adaptive equipment including hand cycles, racing wheelchairs, tandem bikes etc. can be provided for those athletes without their own equipment.
Following the two days of clinics and training sessions the camp will conclude with a mini triathlon that is put one specifically for paratriathletes. This gives the athletes a practical and real opportunity to put their new skills into practice.
The cost for the camp is $300/athlete which will include the registration fee, lodging, most meals, access to the adaptive equipment and Sunday's race. Scholarships are available. The camp will start at 10 AM on Friday and will conclude by 1 PM on Sunday.
More information is available at www.dare2tri.org or by contacting Keri Schindler.
- Getting2Tri Paratriathlon Training Camp
June 7-9, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina
- USA Paratriathlon Military Development Camp
July 18-20, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
USA Paratriathlon in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is pleased to host the inaugural USA Paratriathlon Military Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is a three-day camp with the first two days of instruction and the final day completing a sprint distance triathlon (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run).
The camp will be at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.
The camp will be run by head coach, Cami Stock, a former Elite Triathlete and USAT-Certified Coach among other local experts in the fields of handcycling, swimming, running, and biking.
This camp registration is 100% free and open to disabled military athletes who have a desire to train for and complete a triathlon. Equipment can be provided for athletes courtesy of the local Paralympic Sport Club (City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Therapeutic Recreation Program). Camp attendees will also get a free entry into the Rocky Mountain State Games triathlon on July 20th.
Information on the Rocky Mountain State Games Triathlon, can be found by clicking here.
The camp is open to the first 15 athletes and registration can be done by clicking here.
Questions about the camp can be directed to Amanda Duke.
The Getting2Tri Paratriathlon training events for adults and youth with disabilities are designed for the inclusion of all. By design, these events use sports as the vehicle for instilling confidence in individuals and create opportunities for "moving". Adult camps are typically intensive 3-day events for all International Triathlon Union (ITU) classes of physically challenged athletes, called "paratriathletes", ages 16 and older. Youth programs take a much broader approach by offering several sports opportunities as well as integration of able-bodied youth into curriculum's.
G2T camps are held on state of the art recreation areas such as college campuses and surrounding areas widely used for adaptive and non-adaptive sports programs. Many of the facilities we use for our camps have been formerly used for world-class events such as Olympic/Paralympic Trials, Olympic/Paralympic Games, NCAA championship events, and other amateur sports competition venues.
Adult camps' curriculums are designed for the beginner who is looking to start a training program or for experienced paratriathletes who wish to further their development. Our Youth camps, when offered, focus on towards programs that children can "take home" to their local communities after introduction at our camps.
We welcome those interested in learning more about programs for athletes with disabilities and triathlon, including coaches, trainers, and volunteers.
All Getting2Tri owned USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctions events.
For more information, email Mike Lenhart