Paratriathlon Grant Funding
As part of ongoing efforts to promote paratriathlon across the region, USAT Mid-Atlantic provides mini-grant funding to paratri initiatives such as clinics, camps, event speakers, and other such activities.
Click here for the grant application for clinics/camps/speakers. (.doc)
Click here for the grant application for individual athletes (race/clinic entry fees, travel, tri club membership). (.PDF)
Hand Cycle Available
Do you want to try the sport of paratriathlon, but don't want to commit to the equipment yet? The region has purchased an adult handcycle that is available to be borrowed by para-athletes across the region who want to give it a tri!
USAT-MA is pleased to announce a new initiative to support grassroots paratriathlon involvement in the region. This is an Invacare Top End Force-2 handcycle, to be loaned out to individuals in the region who may be interested in exploring paratriathlon, but have not yet committed to purchasing this piece of equipment.
Anyone living in the Mid-Atlantic region may borrow this, with only a USAT membership and a $100 security deposit is required, along with a release of liability and terms of agreement for borrowing this handcycle. Individuals are responsible for transportation of the equipment to and from its Maryland location at the beginning and end of the borrowing period (though transport assistance may be available from supporters across the region). The handcycle will be inspected before loaning it out to someone else.
Our mission is to increase and support awareness, access and participation in paratriathlon in the USAT Mid-Atlantic Region through engagement and the provision of resources to local triathlon clubs; race directors; and youth, adult, and disabled veteran athletes who have a physical or sensory disability such as an amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy or blindness.
Support and resources are provided directly to physically challenged athletes in a variety of ways, including:
- Support communication, networking, and information sharing across the region via listserv and Facebook page
- Provide annual paratri clinic for youth & adults, and support other regional clinics through mini grant funding
- Support integration of disabled athletes with local triathlon clubs
- Make handcycle available for adult athletes to borrow for training prior to purchasing their own
- Provide mini grant funding to support participation in races, clinics and triathlon clubs
Supporting the Tri Community
Support and resources are provided to the established triathlon community as well:
- Consult with race directors regarding accessibility of race venues
- Identify and inform trainers, coaches, handlers, and guides
- Promote paratriathlon awareness at multisport and other expos
Our volunteer committee includes disabled and able-bodied triathletes with experience in medical and allied health fields, sciences, disability services, and community organizing. We currently have representation in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, and would like to expand with representation in every state and metro area in the Mid-Atlantic region. We also need committee members who can assist with outreach and media updates! If you are interested in promoting paratriathlon efforts in the region, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's Happening in Maryland?
USAT-MA coordinates a paratriathlon clinic in Baltimore for disabled athletes ages 7 and up in spring each year. The clinic is organized into tracks for beginner, intermediate, and advanced atheltes, and is open to youth, adult, amputee, and wheelchair athletes. Experienced coaches, trainers, and physical therapists in adaptive swimming, handcycling, racing chair, and running/cycling with prostheses lead the clinic. Volunteers are available to assist as handlers and other support. Physically challenged athletes of any level of experience are encouraged to attend.
Partnerships with coaches, race directors, triathlon clubs, and local bike shops help increase access for physically challenged athletes interested in paratriathlon as well as competitive paratriathletes. Email email@example.com for more information. Read more.
What's Happening in New Jersey?
USAT-MA has recently asked the NJ TriDevils to be their ParaTri Program Ambassador for New Jersey. The TriDevils are a new Triathlon Team currently made up of able-bodied athletes who are anxious to team-up with adaptive athletes who are into Triathlon or want to get in. The TriDevils are world-class athletes, back-of-the-pack racers, and everything in between and can be training partners, guides, handlers, or whatever. They also have access to sponsorships and grants that can cover everything from race entry fees up to purchasing adaptive equipment.
Read more about the TriDevils here: www.njtridevils.com.
Click here to download the flyer.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What's Happening in N. Carolina?
In North Carolina, the ambassador is developing a stronger link with athletes in the state. Support is provided to paratriathletes who participate in races in the area – this support includes facilitating communications with race directors, handling, and "buddying" for first-timers. Volunteer support is also provided at paratri camps and clinics in the area. It is an amazing experience to see determination, spirit, and a get “IT” done attitude.
An upcoming initiative is the Tuna Run 200 on October 18-19, 2013. This is a 204 mile relay run from Raleigh to Atlantic beach, and development of a team of paratriathletes along with support crew and media coverage is underway. If interested, contact email@example.com.
What’s Happening in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports was awarded a grant from USAT-MA in support of efforts to get more adaptive athletes involved in triathlons. Funds were used to purchase adaptive racing chairs. The Center has also expanded its adaptive sports offerings to include paratriathlon, and supports relay teams of paratriathletes to participate in local triathlons. Read more.
What's Happening in Virginia?
The paratriathlon community is growing in central Virginia, and has made several strides in 2013. In Richmond, the not-for-profit Sportable has led the charge, fostering swim, handcycle, and push rim workouts, including a team that raced the Monument Avenue 10k. During that training program for the 10k, Sportable hosted experts in chair racing (Thanks Kim, Daniel and Gerry!) and Amputee racing (Thanks Deanna!) to share their knowledge and experience.
Richmond Triathlon Club has appointed a coordinator for Paratriathlon activities to aid race directors and athletes trying to navigate paratriathlon. In this spirit, the Richmond Triathlon Club’s Championship Sprint-distance race was designed with paratriathletes in mind, and featured not only a PC Open category for males and females, but a PC mixed relay giving first timers a chance to a get a taste for racing. The male and female winners, David Richardson and Robin Yoder, continue to race in the area and intend to race Paratriathlon nationals in 2014. For more information on paratriathlon efforts in Virginia, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't See Updates For Your State?
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