TriEqual Launches ‘Equally Inspiring’ Program to Increase Women’s Participation in Triathlon

Women of All Ages and Abilities Can Apply to Enter Equally Inspiring and Receive Three Months of Free Coaching Services
More than 40 Top Triathlon Coaches are Donating $40,000 in Services to Support the Program

BOULDER, Colo. – TriEqual, the organization dedicated to fairness, development and equality in the sport of triathlon announced today the Equally Inspiring Program. The program is designed to encourage greater participation from women of all ages and ability levels in the sport of triathlon.

“The popularity of triathlon is growing globally. However, women’s participation numbers are still lower than men’s,” said Sara Gross President of TriEqual and two-time Ironman champion. “We created Equally Inspiring to encourage more women to get started in triathlon or take their passion to the next level by providing quality coaching to support their journey.”

TriEqual recruited triathlon coaches who together have donated more than $40,000 worth of services to train the Equally Inspiring athletes for three months—free of charge. Each athlete will be matched with their own personal coach to achieve their goals. From completing a first triathlon, to moving from a sprint or Olympic to Ironman distance, Equally Inspiring welcomes all applicants.

“Equally Inspiring is a great opportunity for women who are interested in triathlon to learn from the best and help inspire others within their communities,” said Hillary Biscay, Smashfest Queen, co-founder and head coach of TeamHPB. “We believe women are the foundation for the future of triathlon and by dedicating three months of training with a highly skilled coach, they’re bettering themselves and the entire sport of triathlon.”

To apply for the program visit TriEqual.org. Deadline is October 12th. Forty women will be selected. Volunteer coaches include: Rachel Joyce, Hillary Biscay, Sara Gross, Brandon Marsh, Sonja Wieck, Karen Smyers and Liz Waterstraat.

Get Involved Today
Learn more about TriEqual and get involved today. Join us at events around the country. Learn more here. Also, visit www.50WomentoKona.org to support the cause and sign the petition today.

About TriEqual
TriEqual was founded by a group of professional and age-group triathletes brought together by their passion for the sport of triathlon and their determination that the sport provides equal opportunities for all. Learn more at www.TriEqual.org. Follow us on Twitter at @tri_equal & @50womentokona, Facebook.

Comments

Anon

As an organization pushing for equality (and not the promotion of women’s only triathlon) can you explain why this is exclusively for women? There is no shortage of male triathletes out there suffering from the same lack of guidance and coaching resources that you are trying to solve for women.

I see this as a missed opportunity to show your commitment to equality among triathletes.

Sara Gross

Hi “Anon”,

Women’s participation numbers are much lower than men’s, and this initiative is aimed at helping women overcome barriers to entry to the sport and also to give them the tools they need to help encourage the women around them to take up the challenge. While we recognize that some men also have challenges, this initiative is aimed at creating gender equality in our sport, and currently women are the underrepresented gender. Many coaches are already doing pro bono work on their own time and there are other programs similar to this for both men and women. We are not the only organisation helping in this regard and for those men who could benefit from free coaching, I sincerely hope they find a suitable program.

Thank you,
Sara