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USA Paratriathlon National Team Qualification Criteria Set
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon is pleased to announce the qualification criteria and application procedure for the 2011 USA Paratriathlon National Team, which will be comprised of athletes with proven performance capability at domestic and international triathlons.
Members of the team will be eligible for a travel stipend for the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championship in Beijing, as well as performance bonuses from the World Championship event.
Athletes interested in applying for the USA Paratriathlon National Team should visit usatriathlon.org to view the full criteria and request an application. All applications must be received by April 15.
To be eligible for the USA Paratriathlon National Team, an athlete must have already been medically classified or be able to be medically classified at the 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship and subsequently placed in one of the six official paratriathlon categories.
The USA Paratriathlon National Team is limited to one male and one female per paratriathlon category. If there are spots available for a specific category or gender, USA Triathlon reserves the right to fill or not fill the open slot(s) with a qualified athlete from another category or gender.
The selection panel for the USA Paratriathlon National Team is comprised of the USA Triathlon High Performance Director, the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee chairs, the USA Triathlon paratriathlon board liaison and the USA Triathlon Team USA Manager.
Additionally, USA Triathlon has set the qualification criteria for the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon, Long Distance Paratriathlon and Paraduathlon World Championships. Athletes must be a USA Triathlon annual member and must be medically classified in a paratriathlon category to compete in a world championship event.
To qualify for the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championship in Beijing on Sept. 10-11, athletes must compete in the national championship wave at the 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship on Aug. 7 in New York City and finish in a time of less than four hours.
Athletes interested in competing at the 2011 ITU Long Distance Paratriathlon World Championship on Nov. 5 in Henderson, Nev., must complete a USA Triathlon-certified long course triathlon in less than seven hours between Aug. 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011.
To earn a spot at the ITU Paraduathlon World Championship on Sept. 24-25 in Gijon, Spain, athletes must complete the 2010 USA Paraduathlon National Championship on April 30 in Tucson, Ariz., in under four hours.
Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on the specific qualification procedures for each ITU World Championship event.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 135,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.