The East-End non-profit organization i-tri has been nominated by USA Triathlon for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Women’s Committee Award of Excellence. i-tri helps middle school girls throughout the East End with confidence, self-empowerment and healthy lifestyle choices through triathlon training.
i-tri is the sole nominee from the United States for the award. The winner will be announced in September at the 2018 ITU Annual Congress in Gold Coast, Australia.
Winners in the past have included Antonella Salemi from Italy, Mexico’s Claudia Llanes, Kathy Sheldrake from New Zealand and Celeste Callahan from the U.S.
The award recognizes the achievements of a person or institution that has made a contribution to the participation of women in triathlons through the training of athletes, the raising of awareness, administrative support or as a role model and source of inspiration for women and girls in the sport.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the sport of triathlon. Its mission is to promote the sports of triathlon, para-triathlon and its related multi-sports and disciplines throughout the world.
“This is an incredible honor,” said Theresa Roden, founder and executive director of i-tri, “and we are so humbled and grateful that out of all of the programs and all of the people who are working to promote and provide access to the sport of triathlon for girls that we were selected to represent the United States of America. It is incredibly gratifying that although we are still a “small” organization — our model is being recognized for promoting social change and empowerment for girls through sport.”
“Gender equality is a central element of the work that ITU does and has always been in the DNA of triathlon,” said Women’s Committee Chair Tomoko Wada. “It is the mission of our committee to make sure that female athletes, volunteers and staff are represented fairly and their voices heard. But there are also people the world over doing vital work that helps women, young and old, to discover triathlon and overcome the barriers to participation. This annual award shines a light on that work, and recognizes the unsung figures and entities that play such vital roles in the sport’s development.”
“One glance at the names that have received this honor in the past tells us all we need to know about the significant place the prize holds,” said Wada. “These are people who have dedicated themselves to achieving something special within the sport and gone on to share their experiences, enabling others to follow their example. Women involved in triathlon around the world continue to owe them all a great debt.”