COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced that it will open its first-ever Paratriathlon Resident Athlete Program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs starting in April of 2018. The program will be the fifth Paralympic resident sport program to call the Colorado training site home, and will remain in operation through the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Eight athletes will be selected to train in the program and will have full access to all Olympic Training Center amenities, including nutritional counseling from on-site certified nutritionists, sports science testing and sports psychology sessions. Athletes will have the option to live on the OTC campus or in privately owned residences off-complex; however, both options allow athletes to eat free of charge at the on-campus dining hall.
All resident athletes will have the chance to participate in community outreach activities in the Colorado Springs area and go through media training with other U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Athletes selected to the program will also be eligible to receive financial support to compete in national and international competitions as they work toward qualification for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
“This resident program has been many years in the making, and we are excited to officially launch the opportunity in 2018,” said Amanda Duke Boulet, USA Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Program Senior Manager. “We feel that both the timing of the program, as well as the staff we have assembled to support it, will only increase our level of performance in global competition as we move closer to Tokyo 2020.”
Those accepted into the program must commit to a full calendar year of training and competition, and remain committed to the program through the 2020 Paralympic Games. Training will cater to individuals, and will include both daily training sessions with the resident coach and group workouts as designated by the coaching staff. Individual coaching will consist of multiple swim, bike, run and strength training sessions each week.
USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach Derick Williamson will direct the Paratriathlon Resident Athlete Program and coach all resident athletes. Williamson earned his undergraduate degree in health promotion and exercise science at Appalachian State University, where he competed as an NCAA Division I runner and garnered all-conference honors. He also holds a master’s degree in sports science and nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin.
After college, Williamson began coaching professionally, and now holds both USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Level I coaching certifications as well as a USA Cycling Power Based Training certification.
Williamson is the co-founder and owner of Durata Training, where he uses his coaching experience and multisport knowledge to develop athletes to their full potential and help them realize lifelong goals.
"The Paratriathlon Resident Athlete Program will build on the tremendous momentum generated in Rio and, with the staff and resources afforded to these top paratriathletes, we look forward to capitalizing on that momentum for even greater success in Tokyo,” Williamson said. “I look forward to being a part of the team as we work toward a commitment of excellence in the pursuit of our goals."
Applications for the Paratriathlon Resident Athlete Program are being accepted now until Dec. 1, 2017. Evaluation of athletes for acceptance into the program will consider a wide range of factors, including recent performance data, medal potential in elite international competitions, the athlete’s current home training environment and the impact of the resident program on the athlete’s medal potential.
Click here to learn more about the resident program and download an application.
For more information about the sport of paratriathlon in general, visit usaparatriathlon.org or contact Paratriathlon Program Senior Manager Amanda Duke Boulet at Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).