Busy year for Triathlon (TTTF)
2018 has been an extremely busy year for the Trinidad and Tobago Triathlon Federation (TTTF). In keeping with the goal of the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) of 10Golds24 (10 gold medals by 2024), the TTTF has endeavored to give its athletes exposure at all levels of the sport, locally, regionally and internationally. From […]
2018 has been an extremely busy year for the Trinidad and Tobago Triathlon Federation (TTTF).
In keeping with the goal of the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) of 10Golds24 (10 gold medals by 2024), the TTTF has endeavored to give its athletes exposure at all levels of the sport, locally, regionally and internationally. From the continued development of the hugely successful annual schools’ multi-sport series, to development camps, regional and international events, certification of triathlon coaches and fundraisers, the federation has had its hands full.
In February, it was announced that Trinidad & Tobago had won its bid to host the 2018 CARIFTA Triathlon, Aquathlon and Mixed Relay Championships which will be held at Turtle Beach, Tobago on September 29th & 30th, 2018. After securing an overall 3rd place finish at last year’s installment of the competition in Barbados, team TTO will be seeking to better their performance and achieve victory on home soil. Also in February, seven (7) local coaches received their certification as ITU level 1 coaches based on a 6 month course which commenced in June 2017 with online based assessments and culminated in December 2017 with a 3 day face-to-face course delivery which was hosted in Trinidad by the TTTF. It is hoped that these coaches will assist in developing the sport at every level, increasing participation and guiding triathletes of all abilities to fulfill their potential.
In March, the TTTF sent a team of seven (7) junior triathletes to participate in the CAMTRI (Confederacion Americana de Triathlon) Youth & Junior Central American and Caribbean Championships in Costa Rica on 3rd March 2018. This event represented part of a series of global events and is sanctioned by the International Triathlon Unit (ITU), the governing body for the sport of triathlon. At this event, our athletes competed against the best juniors from the likes of Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Panama, to name a few. One of our junior ladies, Kirsten St. Omer, finished 4th, earning herself an ITU World ranking, along with an ITU Continental ranking. At that time of ranking, Kirsten was the youngest female athlete to have a world ranking.
Other achievements and activities:
- March 24th: top junior female triathlete, Rachel Grosberg achieved a top 10 placement in the First Citizens Sports Foundation Youth Awards, the first placement by anyone in the sport at these awards.
- April 5th: top senior female triathlete, Jenna Ross competed in the Commonwealth Games, the second female to represent the country in the sport of triathlon (the first being Kelly Mouttet in 2002). Jenna has qualified to compete in the 70.3 Ironman World Championships in South Africa in September 2018 where she will be joined by Gina Hart, who also qualified for this event.
- April 22nd & May 5th: the TTTF hosted two (2) fundraisers: “Why not Try a tri” and “Triathletes Can Cook Too”. In addition to raising awareness of the sport of triathlon, the purpose of these events was to raise funds to support our athletes to get much needed international exposure to raise their level even higher.
- April 25th : TTTF sent two junior athletes to a CAMTRI Youth camp in Panama City (April 26th – 30th).
- June and July: the TTTF will be sending the country’s top junior triathletes to compete in the following events:
2018 CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships in Brasilia, Brazil (June 23-24)
Logan Raymond, Hayden Reid, Rachel Grosberg and Kirsten St. Omer.
2018 CAMTRI Triathlon American YOG Qualifier Youth Olympic Games Qualifier in Salinas, Ecuador (June 30-July 1)
Jonathan Thompson, Jean-Marc Granderson, Rachel Grosberg Kirsten St. Omer, Liam Trepte, Selik Leacock and Ayomide Gilbert-Semper.
Tyrese Bernard, Logan Raymond, Kirsten St. Omer, Noa Shepherd, Jean-Marc Granderson, Hayden Reid and Ayomide Gilbert-Semper at the CAMTRI (Confederacion Americana de Triathlon) Youth & Junior Central American and Caribbean Championships in Costa Rica
Jenna Ross at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.