Paratriathalon Training Program

captex1The Given Limb collaborated with USA Triathlon (USAT)
, the governing body of the sport in the US, to initiate the first paratriathlon training program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Walter Reed). Amanda Duke Boulet of USAT spearheaded the project using a grant from Given Limb to fund coaches, equipment, race fees, and uniforms. Nine athletes from Walter Reed participated.Ed Zerkle, who is the founder of the local triathlete club, Team Z, helped coach the athletes. Team Z members were instrumental in training the military participants, as well as in creating new social connections.The grant to USAT also included sponsorship of a 3-day introductory training camp at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio (BAMC).

The Given Limb Foundation will continue to work with USAT in 2017 in multiple ways. The Foundation has agreed to support Sergeant Allan Armstrong, an above the knee amputee, in his endeavors as a triathlete in the Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), a military unit whose primary mission is to support nationally and internationally ranked soldiers in participating in the Paralympics and Olympics. The Given Limb Foundation will also be providing funds for USAT to bring 5 athletes to the National Military Emerging Athlete Camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. This will allow the athletes to have access to top coaching and get them thinking about the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games. Finally, the Foundation will support a number of amputees in attending the U.S. Endurance Sport Talent Transfer Camp, allowing athletes to be exposed to multiple sports including para- rowing, para- nordic skiing, para- cycling, and paratriathlon.

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