Physically Challenged National Team Announced

May 01, 2008, 12 a.m. (ET)
Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 1 2008) USA Triathlon recently named the members of the 2008 USAT Physically Challenged National Team.

“We are proud that triathlon is the only sport in which able-bodied athletes compete side-by-side with disabled athletes at both the national and international levels,” said Jon Beeson, Co-Chair of the USAT Physically Challenged Committee. “Come out to one of our races and see these amazing athletes perform.”

The women’s squad includes three of the past five USAT PC Athletes of the Year. Two-time Below Knee World Champion Amy Dodson, defending ITU Above Knee World Champion Sarah Reinertsen and two-time Ironman Kona wheelchair qualifier Trish Downing will represent the U.S.

Leading the men will be two-time ITU Above Elbow World Champion Tommy Knapp, three-time ITU Blind World Champion Aaron Scheidies and 2007 PC Athlete of the Year Matt Perkins.

Other members of the squad include:
Scout Bassett, 2007 ITU World Championship Silver Medalist
Jonathan Bik, 2007 ITU World Championship Silver Medalist
Carrie Davis, 2006 PC National Team Member
Sandy Dukat, 2007 Above Knee National Champion
George Gallegos, 2007 Team USA Member
Jeff Glasbrenner, 2007 ITU Silver Medalist
David Kyle, 2007 ITU World Championship Gold Medalist
Beth Price, 2007 ITU World Championship Gold Medalist

This team will make up the core of disabled athletes participating in the USAT PC Race Series, which is open to all PC athletes worldwide. The team is scheduled to compete in New York, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., Malibu, Calif., and at the ITU World Championships in Vancouver, Canada.

The team was selected using a points system developed by the 2006 Board of Directors liaison Tom Reilly. Points were awarded for participation in the 2007 PC Race Series and performances at the 2007 NYC Triathlon and 2007 ITU World Championship as well as career accomplishments and 2007 PC Team membership.

Any current member in good standing of USA Triathlon (American citizens only) fitting into an approved USA Triathlon Physically Challenged Athlete category may apply for inclusion as a member of the 2008 Physically Challenged National Team (formerly known as the USAT Paralympic Development Team).

Depending upon the number of slots available, one female and one male physically challenged athlete from each of USAT’s physically challenged categories will be selected as a member of USAT’s 2008 Physically Challenged National Team. In the event that there are slots available over and above the 14 primary slots, alternates will be chosen using the same criteria as used for primary members of the team.

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