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Talented Trio Named USA Paratriathlon Worlds Team Coaching Staff
ITU Paratriathlon World Championships set for Sept. 13 in London
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Triathlon announced today that John Murray, Connie Sol and Mark Sortino will serve as the coaching staff for the USA Paratriathlon Worlds team at the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London, England.
The trio will lead more than 40 of the nation’s top paratriathletes as they represent the United States in a sprint-distance triathlon event on Sept. 13. The World Team is comprised of a number of past national and world championship medalists competing in seven classification divisions. In 2012, the U.S. earned 13 podium finishes to top the overall medal count.
Murray (Pensacola, Fla.) and Sortino (San Diego, Calif.), both USA Triathlon Level II certified coaches, train athletes through the Multisport Performance Institute (MPI), and have been involved in a number of paratriathlon camps and clinics across the country. The pair led two Challenged Athlete Foundation Dodge Paratriathlon Camps in 2013, providing tools, techniques and skills necessary for success in the sport. Additionally, Sortino coached athletes at the USA Paratriathlon High Performance Camps at U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Chula Vista, Calif., and Colorado Springs, Colo., while Murray led the charge at the Team Semper Fi triathlon camp in April, helping wounded veterans learn more about paratriathlon.
Sol (Miami, Fla.) is a USA Triathlon Level III certified coach and has been developing coaching and biomechanical rehabilitation programs for athletes since 1995, with a specialization in paratriathlon since 2004. She helped introduce the sport to the Miami-Dade Parks program in 2013 and assists with talent identification in the paratriathlon pipeline.
Sol and Sortino were also part of the coaching staff at the first paratriathlon-specific high performance camp held by USA Triathlon in July 2012.
“We have had the opportunity to coach these outstanding athletes at high performance camps throughout the year and are excited to bring such a strong, experienced and accomplished team to London,” Sortino said.
As the coaching staff for the USA Paratriathlon Worlds Team, Murray, Sol and Sortino will serve as key resources for U.S. paratriathletes in the lead up to Worlds and on site during race week. These coaches will provide mentorship and training advice prior to the event, and as on-site coaches, they will discuss race strategies with the athletes. They will also organize group rides, runs, swims and transition practices in the lead up to race day. The 2013 paratriathlon events will take place at the same Hyde Park venue as the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high and the sport continues to grow following its inclusion in the Paralympic Games program. Paratriathlon will make its official debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. For more on the sport of paratriathlon and the seven classifications, visit usatriathlon.org.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 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 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).