Update about ‘International Triathlon Union (ITU): Remove the “Black Out Glasses” Rule for TRI6 Paratriathletes.’ on Change.org

***Sharing the email of Victory that was sent today from the petition on change.org***

Image a pair of black out glasses with the no symbol over them

They are GONE!

When we began this petition we wanted the voices of our community heard and heard you WERE! We never believed that in such a short period of time, we would see this change happen, but it has – because of YOU!

The ITU released this message today:

ITU would like to make you aware of recent updates to the 2013 ITU Competition Rules concerning changes to TRI-6 division of paratriathlon.

Following consultation with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC),the existing TRI-6 class will be divided into two categories for the 2013 season, as follows:

TRI-6a: For totally blind athletes (existing profile 36 and IBSA/IPC B1)

TRI-6b: For the balance of athletes with a visual impairment (current profiles 37a and 37b or IBSA/IPC B2 and B3) Continue reading

My MtbAyiti Experience (Part 1) by Brian Cowie

(**This is the first in a series by Brian Cowie exploring his journey throughout Haiti**)

Day 1 – Travel

My trip to Haiti started on Sunday January 27th and ended on Monday the 28th. I left Vancouver Sunday afternoon and arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Monday morning. As I stepped off the plane I was immediately greeted by the heat and humidity of the Caribbean Island. The ride from the airport was chaotic. The traffic was crazy and there seemed to be no order; lots of trucks and small motorbikes with as many as three passengers. The roads were a real mess with potholes everywhere.  Our first stop was the Oloffson Hotel where everyone had been staying for the past few days. Here I met up with my tandem partner Eric Miller from Pueblo, Colorado.  Eric was here as the medical director and also my tandem pilot. The Oloffson, built in the 1800’s, is a historic landmark in Haiti. It was a favourite destination for a number of celebrities including Jacqueline Onassis and Mick Jagger. Continue reading

Tweet You Say? Building your Brand as a Para-Athlete by Jan Ditchfield

I recently did a group presentation on the “how” to develop a personalized brand as a para-athlete using social media. What I took from the opportunity was that we aren’t having enough conversations about the “why”; as in why it is so important to be online and to claim your brand from the onset. As a para-athlete, your brand will play a key factor in sponsorship endorsements, media opportunities and raising awareness of your sport outside of traditional market spaces. If you are not online, you need to be. Social media is a huge part in the development of your brand. Like it or not, it’s here to stay and the online community you create can be the defining factor in how you are known in the public eye. Continue reading

“You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”? NOT! (If you are Visually Impaired) by Diane Berberian

Image a pair of black out glasses with the no symbol over themFact: 44 years of participation in athletics and organized sports and I was already in college when the Title IX movement happened (women’s equality). Call me naive, but I did not imagine that this many years later I would be experiencing a new form of prejudice. I am Visually Impaired and I want to be included in the sport of triathlon!

So what is bothering me? I am visually impaired (legally blind) and I want to compete with my peers. However, to compete in a Paratriathlon Championship event, I will be asked to wear BLACK OUT GLASSES. When I refuse to wear the glasses, I am placed in a category called Open Physically Challenged. I want my name in the results and I want to know where I rank (even if last)! Continue reading

Asking for Help by Greg Simony

**Greg Simony is the Founder of Care2Tri; a USA based non-for-profit that assists children and adults with CP participate in triathlon by using adaptive equipment to race with**

Is asking for help something that is difficult for you? Do you feel that by asking others for things, it makes you weak?

This is something I have struggled with for years. I was taught, “If you want something done; just do it yourself”. As I grew into adulthood, I learned that this motto probably is the best way to live, as many people talk a good game, yet when it comes down to it they don’t back up what they say they’re going to do. It really didn’t make sense to me because when people asked me to do something, I was always there for them. I held this motto and believed it to be the absolute truth. I was right 100% of the time. Continue reading