The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has announced US amateur triathlete Dr Patricia DeLaMora as the recipient of its Jack Kelly Fair Play Award. DeLaMora will be honoured at a celebratory dinner on Friday, September 21, as part of the 2018 US Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award annually recognizes an athlete, team, coach or official for an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship. The award was established by the USOC in 1985 to honour the late USOC President and Olympic rowing medallist John B ‘Jack’ Kelly, Jr, and is now presented by Kelly’s wife, Sandra Kelly.
A paediatric physician practicing in New York City, DeLaMora became an inspiring example of the Olympic ideals in July 2017 while competing in IRONMAN Santa Rosa in California. As she approached mile 26 during the bike portion of the race, DeLaMora saw a fellow triathlete, Tim Gallagher, unconscious on the side of the course.
DeLaMora halted her race to assist Gallagher and administered CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived. It wasn’t until she was partway through the run course that she learned Gallagher had survived. Her selfless act of care saved a fellow competitor’s life.
For this display of sportsmanship, IRONMAN named DeLaMora an official ambassador for the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, which became her 12th IRONMAN finish last October.
“I am humbled and excited to accept the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award,” said DeLaMora. “As a run-of-the-mill age group athlete, to be in the company of former winners of this award simply for being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing, is an incredible honour.”
“What can you say when someone saves your life?” Tim Gallagher said. “I am so blessed to be here today and am eternally grateful to a fellow triathlete, Dr DeLaMora, for stopping and having the awareness of the situation. She is an extraordinary human being.”
“I know I speak for many in the USA Triathlon community when I say how proud we are to call Dr DeLaMora one of our own,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “The selflessness she displayed while competing in one of the most challenging endurance events in the world speaks volumes about her character. Dr DeLaMora is truly deserving of this recognition in the company of the US Olympic and Paralympic family.”
The 2017 Jack Kelly Fair Play Award went to Abbey D’Agostino, a track & field athlete who, after colliding with New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin during the 5,000m at the 2016 Olympic Games, stopped to help Hamblin back to her feet during the race.
Other past recipients have included four-time track & field Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee; US Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team Head Coach Adam Kirkorian; and Fred Lebow, Former President and CEO of the New York Road Runners Club.
The Friday awards dinner is the final event of the US Olympic and Paralympic Assembly, which begins on Thursday, September 20 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The dinner will feature Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the keynote speaker, and US Olympic ice dance medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani as hosts. USA Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Military Engagement Program will also be honoured on Friday as the recipient of the USOC’s Diversity & Inclusion Choice Award.