USA Triathlon Names ParaTriathlon National Team Director

May 13, 2009, 11:34 a.m. (ET)

The USA Triathlon ParaTriathlon Committee has announced that Peter Harsch has been named managing director of the 2009 ParaTriathlon National Team.

Harsch, of San Diego, Calif., is a nine-time Ironman finisher with two Kona Ironman World Championship finishes to his credit.

He is currently the head of prosthetics at a major comprehensive combat military center on the West Coast. He has been involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation's Operation Rebound program and has helped many of our returning wounded veterans get into competitive sports. 

"It is an honor to be a part of this team that is making history in the sport of ParaTriathlon," Harsch said. "The dedication of each of these amazing ParaTriathletes is providing the path for triathlon to one day become a Paralympic sport. I expect each athlete will continue to inspire and motivate others to break barriers." 

Jon Beeson, co-chair of the USAT ParaTriathlon Committee feels Harsch is the ideal choice.

"Peter will bring tremendous background and enthusiasm to the team," Beeson said. "We are so lucky to have him on board."

The Accenture/USAT ParaTriathlon National Championship is scheduled for July 26 at the New York City Triathlon.

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