Out of the Transition Area, the Women's Wave Leads in Triathlon
Lindsey Cook, USAT Mideast Council and Women's Committee
More than ever before, women are jumping into the sport and lifestyle of triathlon. Balancing the training for all three disciplines is a fun challenge, met with discipline and integrity that the sport requires. As the sport grows, women are also jumping into leadership roles as race directors, coaches, USAT Committee Members, Regional Council Members, and beyond. These women are paving the way for future generations to become involved on the business- and governance-end of the sport. The USAT Women's Committee (WC) and regional WC Council representatives have the goal to harness that enthusiasm; to empower women in the sport to positions of leadership and provide resources for women in all stages of their lives for better performance in the sport.
The national WC was revitalized in 2010. As a young committee, positions are still being filled with women who bring diverse business experience as well as personal athletic experience in triathlons.
Webinars, matching reimbursable grants for women-specific educational opportunities, and a column in the national quarterly USAT Triathlon magazine, are just a few accomplishments within the first couple years. New to this year's agenda is a seminar that will be held on April 30, in conjunction with St. Anthony's Triathlon in Florida. The speakers are a dynamic group successful business women and well-known athletes who have transitioned from successful careers in the sport to successful careers in a chosen field. They will present their own experience to encourage, teach and promote leadership and a desire to participate.
Locally, the Mideast Regional Council is the first regional council in the country that has created and filled a WC council position to create women-specific events. The Council is looking forward to planning for events and/or a clinic in 2012 that encourages women and moms to participate in triathlon.
USAT has a commitment and responsibility to serve its women members in a way that meets their needs and provides for development in the sport. The WC is a conduit to help make that happen. Questions or interest in the WC locally or nationally, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above is Lindsey Cook finishing Ironman Louisville, 2011.