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USA Triathlon and Challenged Athletes Foundation Paratriathlon Junior/U23 Development Program

USA Paratriathlon and Challenged Athletes Foundation have partnered to create a program that provides opportunities to aspiring youth and junior paratriathletes to further grow in their sport development. The purpose of this program is to identify talent, provide assistance, and encourage passion in the sport of paratriathlon. Athletes who are accepted will represent the program and all of its sponsors throughout the 2021 triathlon season.

Acceptance into this program will be based on an application process, and approved athletes will be expected to commit to training primarily for triathlons for the 2021 season. Tenure in this program is only through the 2021 triathlon season and applicants will need to reapply annually. More details about this program can be found below or by emailing Mariah Rodriguez, the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Development Coordinator.

2021 Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Emma Meyers

Emma Meyers
Age: 14 

Emma is from Tacoma, Washington and started competing in triathlons when she was ten years old. In addition to triathlons, Emma loves to compete in 5ks and has competed at the U.S. Paralympics National Para Swimming Championships for the last three years. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out with friends and family.

Skyler Fisher

Skyler Fisher
Age: 16

Skyler is a adaptive athlete from Texas! She enjoys competing in ParaTri, Track and Field, Swimming and WCMX. She has been competing in adaptive sports for about 2 1/2 years now and has loved the experience and getting to meet so many new people! When she was younger, she competed in Triathlons, but recently started ParaTri since her diagnoses. In her spare time, she enjoys animal rescue, competing in pageants, and hanging out with family in nature! She's super excited to be part of the team and cannot wait for the adventures that are soon to come!

Isabelle Hogness

Isabelle Hogness
Age: 13

Isabelle completed her first triathlon at the age of 11 and has loved it ever since. She was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair for long distances and competitions. She competes on her high school and local club swim teams, as well as competing on her school track and field team. She has competed at Move Untied Junior Nationals for two summers. In her free time, Hogness enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sled hockey, traveling, and a new pandemic hobby of painting.

Sammy Rhodes

Sammy Rhodes
Age: 21

Sammy is 21 years old and was born with Spina Bifida. She is a junior at the University of Illinois majoring in speech language pathology. She's competed in adaptive swimming and Paralympic Track & Field. She's currently on the Illinois Paralympic track and road racing team and looks forward to being a part of this team and competing in paratriathlons!

Olivia Molnar

Olivia Molnar
Age: 15

Olivia is originally from The Chicagoland area. She moved overseas to India in 2015 and back to the U.S. to Dallas in 2018. She is currently swims for her high school as well as for Metroplex Aquatics Swim Club. She's also the first wheelchair track athlete at her high school. Her triathlon experience includes a junior triathlon in 2013 a year after she had major surgery as a goal of rehabilitation . Her hobbies include: swimming, reading, traveling as well as watching movies and historical documentaries.