Flora Duffy reflected on the fact that she and other Bermuda Athletes would have been in Tokyo competing in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Duffy remains in Stellenbosch, South Africa, as she repeats the cycle of swim, bike & run.
Duffy via social media said, “I am unsure what the year holds in terms of racing but enjoying the simple joy of training each day.”
Duffy has been spending a lot of time on her new Tarmac SL7, one bike to rule them all.
“I would have been racing this bike in Tokyo today. Next year. Either way, it is the fastest road bike I have ever ridden. Lucky me,” concluded Duffy.
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
World Triathlon Resumes the Mentorship Programme
World Triathlon Development, together with the Women’s Committee, is delighted to announce the launch of a re-envisaged World Triathlon Mentor Programme to be delivered virtually, with the goal to increase and sustain the number of women and people with disability in leadership roles in coaching, technical officiating and governance in the sport.
“This is one of the projects that I am more proud of and I can be happier of re-launching the Mentorship Programme, especially now that we are making it even more accessible for everyone”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.
“Our goal has always been to identify the talent that is out there and help these persons to participate more in the sport, as coaches, technical officials and administrators. I am sure that the next generations of leaders of our sport, from the grassroots to the top level, will come out from this programme, and we will do all that we can to support them, educate them and invest in their future, as it will be the future of our sport”, she said.
“In sport, as in most endeavours in life, it helps to have people around you that can support, mentor, and guide you on your journey. The World Triathlon mentor programme will provide a skilled cadre of mentors that will help support the next generation of top triathlon coaches, technical officials and administrators, encouraging more women, people with disabilities and individuals from developing nations to become leaders in the sport. The team at Brook Sports Consulting are in turn looking forward to providing training and on-going support to the World Triathlon mentors over the next two years,” said Norman Brook, lead facilitator of the Mentorship Programme.
The World Triathlon Mentor Programme will be delivered in two blocks commencing August 2020 and January 2021. Each block will be made up of three courses starting four weeks apart – each six weeks duration. Each course will comprise of pre-course work, weekly e-learning, weekly exercises and weekly webinars. It is expected that this will involve between two and nine hours of commitment per week to complete the course. Two or three Mentees will be assigned to each Mentor at the end of each course.
A material change is that the virtual delivery of the course allows us to have participants from all Continental Confederations in a single course. It is intended that the first course will be comprised of the five Continental Mentor Leads and three participants from each of the five continents. The second and third courses (September 2020 and October 2020 respectively) will have between three to five participants from each continent.
World Triathlon will re-launch the application process for mentors and mentees on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, and National Federations will have until Friday, July 17th, 2020 to apply. The re-launch will predominantly focus on mentees, as we have the capacity for two or three times the number of mentees as we do mentors. Four of the five Continental Confederations already launched the application process in February 2020 for Mentors and Mentees.
Those applications already received will remain valid. World Triathlon will work with the nominated Continental Mentor Leads (Africa: Rick Fulton (ZIM); America: Katia Colina (URU); Asia: Adele Cheah (MAS); Europe: Marуia Charkouskaya-Tarasevich (BLR); Oceania: Michelle Cooper (AUS) to communicate with all current applicants to advise them of the changes in the programme.
The local organizer of the Hamburg World Triathlon Series and the Mixed Relay World Championships has announced that the event, postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will still take place on the weekend of September 4th-5th, 2020.
“After assessing all event scenarios, and in alignment with the city of Hamburg, the German Government, the International Triathlon Union (ITU), and our other partners in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN Hamburg triathlon, originally scheduled for June 21st, 2020 and the WTS Hamburg triathlon, originally scheduled for July 11th & 12th, 2020 have been postponed to September 2020”, explained the organizers.
“To best meet the needs of our athletes and the local community, the WTS Hamburg races will take place on September 5th, 2020 and IRONMAN Hamburg will take place on September 6th, 2020. The Elite races of the ITU World Triathlon Series and ITU Mixed Relay World Championships will also take place on the same weekend”, assured the organizers.
Over the next weeks, the Organizers and the German Triathlon Union (DTU) will work with the relevant authorities and partners to create a safe and enjoyable race experience for all athletes, volunteers, partners, and spectators. While we are prevented from holding these events on the original dates, we are looking forward to providing athletes with an exceptional experience in the near future.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
WTS Event Announced for October in Canada
Flora Duffy and other Elite Triathletes will be encouraged about the chance to compete in a 2020 WTS event following the news that the World Triathlon Series event in Montreal in Canada has been rescheduled to October 3rd and 4th following approval from the global governing body.
A World Paratriathlon Series is also set to take place on the same weekend.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) Executive Board has confirmed the events will go ahead if all conditions are met by the end of July.
Organizers made the decision to postpone the event, initially scheduled for June 28th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic at its meeting this week.
The Executive Board meeting also approved dates for the Arzachena World Cup, originally planned for May and which has now been moved to October 10th.
A new event was also given the green light by the Board, the Alhandra Paratriathlon World Cup in Portugal, due to take place on October 10th and 11th.
"We are delighted to have more events added to the calendar, which means that triathletes and paratriathletes are given opportunities to race after the summer when the conditions for training and travelling are improving in most of the countries," said ITU President Marisol Casado.
The ITU is continuing to look into adding events for the rest of the year, liaising with Organizing Committees to fill the 2020 calendar.
The Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, due to be held in Hamburg in Germany, have been moved to September after its original date was affected by the outbreak.
Due to the pandemic, the ITU has stated it could lose up to $1.4 million for the 2020 financial year.
To date, there are more than 9.91 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, resulting in the deaths of over 497,000 people.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Duffy to Feature in World Triathlon Olympic Day Workout
World Triathlon and Flora Duffy has teamed up for an exciting event on Olympic Day.
World Triathlon will celebrate Olympic Day on June 23rd with Duffy joining the World Triathlon’s Instagram for the biggest online Olympic Day workout.