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USATMA Regional Para Tri Talent ID Camp
As part of the new USAT Paratriathlon Development Coordinator Program, Joan Murray, East Coast PDC, partnered with the USAT Mid-Atlantic region to host the first talent identification event on the East Coast. Funded in part through an Olympic Opportunity Grant given to Billy Lister of Tri Every Day, this camp was by invitation only and had as its key goal to find athletes who can be part of Paratriathlon’s high performance pipeline.
The Mid-Atlantic was the perfect location as it is home to so many talented athletes and is centrally located for athletes traveling in from New York, Connecticut, and Florida. Without the tireless support of Robert Vigorito, Dawn Rudolph and Kim Romanchuk, this event would not have been able to be the huge success that it was.
Under the direction of USAT’s Paratriathlon high performance coach Connie Sol, the weekend was divided into: didactics, VO2 max testing, lactate threshold testing, heart rate monitoring, pulmonary function tests, and swim stroke analysis using video. There was a “Team” dinner Saturday night and the incomparable Turf Valley Hotel provided box lunches for the 2 days of workouts.
The energy and camaraderie was clearly evident, and thanks to the added local sponsorships, afforded by USATMA, the weekend was a marvelous success. All agreed that this style of camp is both needed and desirable to the future growth and development of USA Paratriathlon, especially as we head toward the Summer Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, where this discipline will be a featured competition of the Paralympic Games with over 4000 challenged athletes competing among 22 sports.
Shortly after the camp, USAT announced its Paratri Team USA, who will race for the podium in London in September 2013. Not surprisingly, 5 Team USA members were USATMA athletes!