TriEqual, the organization ‘dedicated to fairness, development and equality in the sport of triathlon and the founders of the #50WomentoKona movement’, has announced a new petition and web portal (50WomentoKona.org) to encourage action and advocacy in the case for gender equality at the IRONMAN World Championships.
On the 43rd anniversary of anti-discrimination law Title IX, TriEqual notes that women are still working towards gender equality in sport. Currently, women professional triathletes have 35 slots to race at IRONMAN Hawaii versus the 50 slots for professional men. TriEqual and its supporters believe ‘it’s time to send the right message to future generations and make their voices heard on the issue of equal opportunity at the IRONMAN World Championship.’
The site 50WomentoKona.org serves as a gateway to education, advocacy and action. Supporters can learn about the cause, sign the Change.org petition, directly email and compose Twitter messages to the IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick and Providence Equity Managing Director (the private equity owner of IRONMAN/World Triathlon Corp (WTC)) as well as follow TriEqual on its social media channels to stay up to date on the latest information.
The web portal was designed by TriEqual volunteer, four-time IRONMAN finisher and social media expert Kevin Young.
“I’m passionate about racing triathlon and have been a long time champion of equality,” said Young. “I believe in equal opportunity, not just at the Kona start line, but with all things in life. 50womentokona.org is a result of combining my passions to promote what I believe to be right. I encourage everyone who feels the same way to visit the site and take action today.”
“When it comes to TriEqual’s #50womentokona campaign, I have been profoundly inspired by the amateur athletes who will not benefit from the change yet are willing to put their time and resources into the project,” said Sara Gross co-founder of TriEqual, professional triathlete and two-time IRONMAN champion.
“Kevin’s idea of creating a website that helps people understand our movement and easily take action is brilliant. My hope is that by gathering consensus we can speak in a unified voice. That is how change is made.”
TriEqual was founded by a group of professional and age-group triathletes brought together by passion for the sport of triathlon and determination for the sport to provide equal opportunities for all.