COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the top U.S. paratriathletes in seven divisions who are designated as members of the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National and World Teams, and will represent the U.S. in London at the 2013 International Triathlon Union Paratriathlon World Championships.
The 15 members of the 2013 National Team have combined for 24 medals and 12 world titles at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships since 2006. They also have combined for 31 national titles at USA Paratriathlon National Championships since 2009, with 13 earning victories at the 2013 event in Austin, Texas. In addition to successes in triathlon, members of this year's USA Paratriathlon National Team also have represented the U.S. at the Paralympic Games in swimming, cycling and track and field.
"We are proud to have such a strong U.S. team heading into ITU Paratriathlon World Championships next month," said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. "We look forward to more top performances in London from this talented group as we continue to expand our paratriathlon high performance program to better prepare athletes for the sport's debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro."
Multiple-time world champions named to the 2013 National Team include Megan Fisher (TRI-5, Seattle, Wash.), Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.), Aaron Scheidies (TRI-6b, Seattle, Wash.), Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.) and JP Theberge (TRI-5, Elfin Forest, Calif.). Other world championship medalists on the squad include 2007 world champion and 4-time medal winner David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.), two-time bronze medalist Patricia Walsh (TRI-6a, Austin, Texas) and Geoffrey Kennedy (TRI-1, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico), who won bronze in 2012 in Auckland.
Along with Kennedy, Price, Stockwell and Walsh, three-time national champion Mark Barr (TRI-2, Houston, Texas) and 2012 TRI-1 national title winner Erica Davis (Carlsbad, Calif.) return to the Paratriathlon National Team for the second straight year.
Joining the ranks of the USA Paratriathlon National Team for the first time are Diane Berberian (TRI-6b, Clearwater, Fla.), Tisa Cawthon (TRI-4, Monterey, Calif.), Chris Hammer (TRI-4, Cheney, Wash.), Jacqui Kapinowski (TRI-1, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) and Krige Schabort (Cedartown, Ga.).
USA Triathlon also announced the nearly 50 talented triathletes will don the Red, White and Blue on Sept. 13 in London, England, for the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. The World Team, which includes the 15 members of the National Team, is comprised of a number of past national and world championship medalists. In 2012, the U.S. earned 13 medals to top the overall medal count.
For both the USA Paratriathlon National and World Teams, athletes earned eligibility based on their finish positions at the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Championships in May and the Challenged Athletes Foundation World Paratriathlon San Diego event in April.
Additionally, athletes interested in joining the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Team were required to submit an application to the USA Triathlon High Performance department. A panel that included the USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager, the Paratriathlon Program Manager, the USA Paratriathlon Worlds Team Coach and an athlete representative appointed by the AAC approved the team.
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.
2013 USA Paratriathlon National Team
2013 USA Paratriathlon World Team
For more information on paratriathlon, visit usatriathlon.org.