As the Challenge Family portfolio of long distance triathlons continues to expand, the team delivering these world-class events is again increasing. Hot on the heels of expanding the Challenge Americas operation, Challenge Family has now announced the appointment of Belinda Granger to the global team.
Belinda will take on the recently created role as Pro Athlete Liaison and comes equipped with all the skills required to support professional athletes across a number of platforms. Belinda is one of the sport’s most admired people on and off the race course and brings a wealth of knowledge about the industry and from a professional athlete’s stand point.
“We are delighted to welcome Belinda to the team, she is a true champion in so many respects and will be a real asset to our team. Her core values reflect the Challenge Family’s focus on athletes and its commitment to being the authentic, quality triathlon brand,” said Challenge Family CEO Zibi Szlufcik.
He added, “Anyone who knows Belinda will know her passion and energy for the sport and generosity in offering genuine help to professionals, age group athletes along with race directors and sponsors. This dedication has seen her endowed as a global ambassador for triathlon during her two decades of racing and she remains one of the most popular athletes on the circuit.”
In her new role Belinda will work with athletes in their race planning while ensuring the needs of each race are met and implementing a number of projects ensuring best practices are adhered to.
“I am beyond excited about my new appointment as pro liaison for Challenge Family,” Belinda said. “I have had mixed emotions about retiring from professional racing but this new position makes it so much easier. In my eyes it is a dream role and one I know I can excel at. Having been a professional athlete for the past 15 years I have a great understanding of an athlete’s needs.
“I have also been an avid supporter of the Challenge Series throughout my career and have always loved the support they give to all professional athletes. I cannot wait to get started,” she added.
The Challenge Family series of triathlons features 44 full and half distance races around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon – Challenge Roth in Germany. The birthplace of the Challenge Family, Challenge Roth now features over 5,500 athletes and 220,000 spectators and is home to both world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR).
Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia, North America and South America have joined Roth. Together they aim to provide athletes with ‘a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to its continued growth.’