USA Triathlon has announced the results of its 2018 Board of Directors and Athletes’ Advisory Council election. Ben Collins (Seattle, Wash.) was re-elected as an Elite Athlete Representative on the Board, while Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) was elected to the Athletes’ Advisory Council.
An election for a second Elite Athlete Representative on the Board resulted in a tie. A run-off election will take place among eligible elite athlete voters to elect either the incumbent, Joel Rosinbum (Austin, Texas), or Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.). The run-off election will take place from November 1, when ballots are distributed, and will extend through November 30. The result will be announced in December.
Erin Storie (Colorado Springs, Colo.) currently holds the third Elite Athlete Representative seat, having been elected in 2017. All elite athlete candidates are elected by their peers, with voting open to any individual holding a USA Triathlon elite license.
“On behalf of USA Triathlon, I look forward to Ben’s continued service and am proud to welcome Greg to an important leadership role within the multisport community,” said Barry Siff, President of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors. “The passion, character and expertise of both athletes make them ideal candidates to represent their peers on key issues and opportunities facing the sport.
“Joel and Renée are both qualified candidates for the second vacant Board of Directors seat, and we will consider ourselves lucky to have either one serving in the position.”
The Elite Athlete Representatives on the Board of Directors provide insight, perspective and advice from the elite athlete community. Elite Athlete Representatives are full-fledged USAT Board members, participating in all Board meetings and voting on all decisions.
Ben Collins was first elected to the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as the Elite Athlete Representative in 2015. An elite triathlete since 2008, he logged nearly a dozen top-10 finishes on the ITU 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 ITU paratriathlon world champion Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.) in elite international competition.
The Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) is 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. This is 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 US Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Advisory Council.
Greg Billington was a member of the US Olympic Triathlon Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During his career on the ITU draft-legal circuit, he collected six ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup medals and an ITU Triathlon World Cup medal, recorded a fourth-place finish at the 2011 ITU Under-23 World Championships, and earned two top-10 finishes in ITU World Triathlon Series races. Billington announced his retirement from elite triathlon competition in 2017.
As mandated by the USA Triathlon bylaws, officer seats – including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer – will be elected by members of the Board at the first meeting of 2019 in January.