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Women For Tri expands global reach with 2019 TriClub Grantees and Ambassador Team

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Women For Tri, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation, has announced its 2019 TriClub Grantees and 2019 Women For Tri Ambassador Team. A total of 45 triathlon clubs will receive grants of up to US$2,500 to support women’s engagement initiatives, including bringing first-timers into the sport.

Grants are being made to clubs in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States. A new ‘Community Building Grant’ for US$10,000 will also be awarded to She Can Tri in Afghanistan.

The Women For Tri Ambassador Team comprises 30 Regional Ambassadors and four Brand Ambassadors who span 12 countries across the globe.

“On behalf of Women For Tri, we are delighted to disburse the next round of grants and to announce our 2019 Ambassadors,” said Kyrsten Sinema, Chair of the Women For Tri Advisory Committee and US Senior Senator from Arizona.

She continued, “Women For Tri seeks to increase female participation in the sport of triathlon, and we have seen our club grants introduce hundreds of women to the sport. Our ambassadors are talented, committed women who represent the very best of our mission and we’re excited to expand our reach globally, with ambassadors in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, China, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Brazil, France, Canada, South Africa and the United States.”

Women For Tri 2019 Triathlon Club Grant Program
The Triathlon Club Grant Program was established to support local triathlon clubs as they develop programming and activities to increase female participation in triathlon. Benefiting clubs will utilize funds to provide specific training for female triathletes. This will have a focus on removing barriers to participation, educational programs for female triathletes, and networking and social gatherings.

Since the program’s inception in 2016, more than US$300,000 has been awarded to 90 triathlon clubs. The 2019 grant recipients are:

868 Triathlon, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
Atomic Betty, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Canterbury Triathlon Club, Ashburton, New Zealand
Clermont Triathlon Club, Clermont, Florida, USA
Colorado Wildwomen, Littleton, Colorado, USA
District Triathlon, Washington, DC, USA
Endurance Multisport, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Etgarit Otef Gaza, Mefalsim, Israel
Expatriés International Triathlon Club, Paris, France
Fitzroy Frogs Triathlon Club, Frenchville, Australia
G3 – Gainesville Triathlon Club, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Golden Gate Triathlon Club, San Francisco, California, USA
Gulf Coast Multi-Sport, Slidell, Louisiana, USA
Knox Triathlon Club, Mountain Gate, Australia
LA Tri Club, Los Angeles, California, USA
Lake Houston Bike and Tri, Kingwood, Texas, USA
Landis Triathlon Club, Tempe, Arizona, USA
MAPSO Tri Club, South Orange, New Jersey, USA
Momentum Multisport Association/Valley Womens TriHUB, Wolfville, Canada
Parent Tribe, Concord, California, USA
Playmakers Triathlon Team, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Racing Multi Athlon (RMA) Paris, France
Ridgewood Tri Athlete, Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
ROCKtri Ladies, Singapore, Singapore
RYPE Inc, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Savage Tri Team, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA
San Francisco Triathlon Club, San Francisco, California, USA
Singapore Women’s Triathlon Club, Singapore, Singapore
Speed Sherpa, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Stafford Triathlon Club, Stafford, United Kingdom
Synergy Racing Development, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Team T-Rex Triathlon Club, Gold Coast, Australia
Temora Running and Multisport Club, Temora, Australia
The Fort Lauderdale Triathletes, Coral Springs, Florida, USA
TorontoTriathlon Club, Toronto, Canada
Tri Club Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tri Limits, Dungannon, United Kingdom
Tri Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
TriQueens, Kiev, Ukraine
Tucson Tri Girls, Green Valley, Arizona, USA
Virgin Islands Triathlon Federation, Christiansted, Virgin Islands
Western Islands Police Triathlon Club, Midland, Australia

Women For Tri 2019 Community Building Grant
New in 2019, Women For Tri will award its first Community Building Grant for US$10,000 to She Can Tri in partnership with Free To Run. She Can Tri is training four women as Afghanistan’s first female triathletes.

The program works to support women and girls in conflict areas through adventure sports, building their physical, emotional, and social well-being to develop them into community leaders so they can bring people together across cultural, ethnic, and religious lines.

“We believe in empowerment through athletics,” said She Can Tri Founder Jackie Faye, the first woman to complete six IRONMAN events on six continents in 12 months and a Kabul, Afghanistan-based journalist. “Our athletes are racing for equality, because when women see what they can achieve in sports, they start pushing boundaries in other areas of their life as well.”

The women have their sights on representing their country in the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, after which they will assume leadership of the program to grow the community of female triathletes in Afghanistan.

Women For Tri 2019 Ambassador Team
These female athletes will represent Women For Tri to introduce more women to the sport of triathlon at a grassroots level. Ambassadors will help to overcome barriers to entry through the leadership of first-timer initiatives, engaging their community of women in local races, leveraging their position as triathlon influencers through social media campaigns and the continued building of the Women For Tri global social community of more than 55,000 women.

The 2019 Women For Tri Brand and Regional Ambassadors are:

Brand Ambassadors
Minda Dentler, New York, New York, USA
Julie Moss, Cardiff by the Sea, California, USA
Joanne Murphy, Galway, Ireland, UK
Samantha Warriner, Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand

Regional Ambassadors
Jennifer Arnold, Bathurst, Australia
Susane Belkhiati, Panorama, South Australia, Australia
Brenda Bettencourt, Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, USA
Kristy Breslaw, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Diane Bruchhauser, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Deb Carabet, Los Angeles, California, USA
Michelle Cooper, Queensland, Australia
Kylie Cox, Canterbury, New Zealand
Angel Cuellar, Fort Lee, Virginia, USA
Danielle Dagounis, Fanwood, New Jersey, USA
Michelle Desrosiers, Fairfield, Vermont, USA
Janet Dixon, Roanoke, Texas, USA
Cynthia Erickson, East Lansing, Michigan USA
Natalia Flores, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Maureen Graszat, Ontario, Canada
Fernanda Halah, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sara-Lise Harris, Dubai Waterfront, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kristen Hislop, Clifton Park, New York, USA
Rachel Jordan, Talafofo, Guam, USA
Anna Kordek, Walton on Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom
Gwenola Le Roux, Bretagne, France
Carla McKay, San Francisco, California, USA
Nanette Nanjo-Jones, Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
Barbara Nelson, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
Rebecca Nyangaresi-Gatang’i, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Lyndsay Patterson, Beachley, Chepstow, United Kingdom
Melina Timson-Katchis, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jamie Twedt, Fort Myers, Florida, USA
Alejandra Vergara, Texcoco, Mexico
Ginny Wong, Hong Kong, China



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