COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the results of its 2020 Board of Directors and Athletes’ Advisory Council elections. Joel Rosinbum (Austin, Texas), the current Board Vice President, and Ben Collins (Santa Monica, Calif.) were re-elected to the Board as Elite/Pro Athlete Representatives, while William Huffman (Park City, Utah) was named to the AAC.
“Ben and Joel have been invaluable members of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors for the last five years, bringing insight and perspective as elite triathletes with a specific expertise in paratriathlon,” Jacqueline McCook, President of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors. ““I am proud to continue working with both of them to support our multisport community, as we expand our reach and accessibility to new and diverse audiences. In addition, William brings a decade of elite racing background to his new role on the AAC, including representing the U.S. in major international Games — making him an outstanding fit to represent his fellow elite athletes.”
As Elite/Pro Athlete Representatives on the Board, Rosinbum and Collins were elected by their peers, with voting open to elite athletes who meet eligibility requirements.
Rosinbum was elected to the Board in 2015 and has served in the role of Vice President since 2019. Rosinbum is a four-time USA Paratriathlon national champion, the 2015 ITU Aquathlon world champion in the men’s PTS4 division, a two-time ITU Paratriathlon World Cup medalist, and the 2017 Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Series bronze medalist. He has held a number of leadership roles on the board, including chair of both USA Triathlon’s Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) and Nominating & Governance Committee.
"I’m honored to continue to serve on the Board of Directors," Rosinbum said. "I’m very proud of the work I’ve accomplished on the Board and excited about the growth of our sport.
Collins, an elite triathlete and paratriathlon guide, was first elected to the Board in 2015. An elite triathlete since 2008, he logged nearly a dozen top-10 finishes on the World Triathlon circuit before switching his focus to non-drafting events. Collins is now a three-time winner of the New York City Triathlon and a two-time IRONMAN 70.3 champion. He also serves as a sighted guide for nine-time paratriathlon world champion Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.) in elite international competition.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue representing and advocating for USA Triathlon’s elite athletes as a member of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors,” Collins said. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to the sport through volunteer leadership, and I look forward to another two years in the role.”
Huffman was named to the Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC), a USA Triathlon bylaw-mandated standing committee that broadens communication between USA Triathlon and elite athletes and serves as a source of opinion and advice to the USA Triathlon Board of Directors.
The AAC makes recommendations to the Board on issues related to the needs and concerns of USA Triathlon’s elite athlete members, including, but not limited to: race selection, USA Triathlon National Team qualification criteria, elite athlete rankings, competitive rules in elite races and the procedure for the appointment or election of elite athletes to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athletes' Advisory Council.
Huffman was a member of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Triathlon Team in Lima, Peru, placing fifth individually and helping the U.S. Mixed Relay Team to a fourth-place finish. He made his debut on the elite World Triathlon circuit in 2011 and is a two-time USA Triathlon Elite National Championships bronze medalist, eight-time PATCO medalist and five-time World Triathlon Cup top-10 finisher.
As mandated by the USA Triathlon bylaws, all Board of Directors officer seats — including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer — will be elected by members of the Board at the first meeting of 2021.
More information on the 2020 USA Triathlon Elections, including candidate platforms, can be found at usatriathlon.org/governance. To view the complete Board of Directors listing, click here.
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 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).