Women For Tri 2019 Grantees and Ambassador Team Expand Global Reach

June 20, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (June 20, 2019) – Women For Tri®, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation®, today announced its 2019 TriClub Grantees and 2019 Women For Tri Ambassador Team. A total of 45 triathlon clubs in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States will receive grants of up to $2,500 to support women’s engagement initiatives, including bringing first-timers into the sport. A new “Community Building Grant” for $10,000 will also be awarded to She Can Tri in Afghanistan. The 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 U.S. Senior Senator from Arizona. “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 with a focus on removing barriers to participation, educational programs for female triathletes, and networking and social gatherings with a focus on recruiting and engaging women to participate in triathlon. Since the program’s inception in 2016, more than $300,000 has been awarded to 90 triathlon clubs. The 2019 grant recipients are:

Women For Tri 2019 Community Building Grant

New in 2019, Women For Tri will award its first “Community Building Grant” for $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, helping 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

To learn more about the 2019 Women For Tri Ambassador program, please visit www.womenfortri.com/our-community/women-for-tri-ambassadors.

To find information about events in your surrounding area and join the Women For Tri Ambassador Support Crew, please contact [email protected]. To join the Women For Tri community online, visit www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri/. For media related inquiries, please contact [email protected].


About Women For Tri

Women For Tri®, a program of The IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN in 2015, works to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities. Since inception, over $300,000 in grants have been awarded to triathlon clubs supporting female participation initiatives. Women For Tri embodies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so rewarding: testing your ability, overcoming challenges, and realizing the full depth of your potential in the most widely recognized test of endurance – triathlon. Learn more at www.womenfortri.com and join the Women For Tri online community of 55,000+ female triathletes at www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri.

About the IRONMAN Foundation

The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN charitable giveback programs including the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 8,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Rock This Town™, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.

About The IRONMAN Group

As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. We have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes.

Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.