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International Para Triathlon Conference Agenda

We look forward to welcoming you to the first ever International Para Triathlon Conference. This three day event (3-6 August) will focus on elevating the importance and impact of para triathlon globally.

Conference Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday 3 August

Location - The Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows, Skewen, Swansea SA1 8EN

10.30am: Welcome to Swansea

Bill James (British Triathlon Chair)

Dawn Bowden MS (Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport and Chief Whip)

10:55am: Lauren Steadman - My Story

Lauren Steadman (Paralympic Champion and Conference Host)

11:15am: Para Triathlon: Yesterday, today and beyond tomorrow 

In this session Dr Debra Alexander will reflect on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), World Triathlon and Para Triathlon journey to date. She will touch on the IPC and World Triathlon’s vision, mission and strategy, the reality, and the impact on and implications for the growth of Para Triathlon. Lastly, she will share her dream for Para Triathlon and our Para Triathletes.

Speaker:

Dr Debra Alexander (First Vice President, World Triathlon)

Dr Debra Alexander is the 1st Vice President of World Triathlon, 1st Vice President of Africa Triathlon and 2nd Vice President of the South African National Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SASCOC). She is a Governing Board Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), having been re-elected for a second term and a co-opted Board Member of the African Paralympic Committee (APC). She is a Board Member of Triathlon South Africa (Ex-officio) and a past President.

Debra has been a member of the World Triathlon Para Triathlon Committee since 2010 initially as a committee member and later as the Executive Board Liaison – during these years the committee was involved in: lobbying for inclusion of Para Triathlon in the Paralympic Games; research focusing on evidence based classification in order to minimize the impact of eligible impairment types on the outcome of competition; rules revision; World Triathlon Para Triathlon ranking and qualification criteria; fair start system; paratriathlon competition calendars; and Rio and Tokyo medal events.

Debra led the team that produced the first draft of the South African NOC/NPC Safeguarding Policy and procedures, she contributed to the World Triathlon Safeguarding policy and leads the IPC Safeguarding Policy Working Group. Amongst others, she has mentored Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches as well as women leaders in Para Sport on the African Continent and Sport Integrity Global Alliance mentees.

She has presented nationally and internationally on athlete mental health, wellness and safeguarding as well as the impact of concussion on player cognitive and academic functioning.

Debra has a PhD in Neuropsychology/Sport, she is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, having retired as Head of the Clinical Psychology Department at Tygerberg Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She remains as an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department, Medical and Health Sciences Faculty where she is also the Program Director of the first MPhil Mindfulness Degree in South Africa.

11.45am: Why here? Why now?

In this session Andy will welcome everyone to Swansea for the international conference and the World Paratriathlon Series racing. The conference was a shared ambition between British Triathlon and World Triathlon, supported by UK Sport and all three have played an important role in bringing it to life. Andy will explain the background to the conference, the reason he believed that now was the time to bring National Federations together, his hopes for the three days and why now is a critical time for para triathlon internationally, to make progress.

Andy Salmon (British Triathlon CEO)

Andy Salmon joined British Triathlon in November 2017, having previously chaired Triathlon Scotland and was a non-Executive member of the British Triathlon board prior to being appointed CEO. He has worked in Sport for 25 years in a variety of roles across event organisation, officiating, sports development, sponsorship, hospitality, governance and leadership. He is passionate about people development and a keen sporting participant, albeit at a lowly level!

12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Classification System Current Status

Katerina Magkou (Head of Classification, World Triathlon)

 

Katerina Magkou is a certified pediatric physical therapist with background in manual therapy. She has a masters degree from the Physical Education Department of East Greece and proficiency in Pedagogics.

She is an international classifier since 2008 in Alpine & Nordic skiing, Snowboard and recently in Ice Hockey.

She was welcomed in para triathlon classification in 2011. In 2013 she joined the research group that worked for the creation and implementation of an evidence-based classification system in Para triathlon prior to 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Since 2015 she has acted as the Deputy Head of Classification and in 2021 she became the Head of Classification.

She has been certified to lead classification courses by the International Triathlon Union and the International Paralympic Committee. She has facilitated different classification courses in USA, Korea, Spain, Austria, Holland, Iran and Brazil. She is currently working on the development of the educational material for para triathlon.

Eric Angstadt (Paratriathlon Senior Manager, World Triathlon)

Eric Angstadt Torres (Spain) is the World Para triathlon Senior Manager since August 2011, when he joined ITU at the time. He has since been mainly involved in the development of para triathlon and the classification system on the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for its debut. He has also been the manager for Multisport until 2018 and is also involved in the Project Management of all Para triathlon events and non-para World Cups.

His daily responsibilities have included being the Para triathlon Committee Liaison and the main contact person with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also worked from 2007 to 2011 as Winter Sports Manager. Eric has coordinated the Research Groups that developed the new classification system that was a condition by the IPC to be part of the Paralympic Programme and also manages the day to day activities around Event Planning, Classification administration, Bid Applications for the Paralympic Games Programme and ensuring compliance with all IPC Policies and Procedures. He also has experience having worked in several Organising Committees for the Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Computer Science is his background having started in the IT sector for Sport Events back in 1998 and working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Married and proud father of two kids, Eric is passionate about sports since he was very young. In his words, when he witnessed the Paralympic Games in Sydney, it was a moment that would change his life forever.

 

2.15pm: World Triathlon Classification Survey Results

Eric Angstadt (Paratriathlon Senior Manager, World Triathlon)

Eric Angstadt Torres (Spain) is the World Para triathlon Senior Manager since August 2011, when he joined ITU at the time. He has since been mainly involved in the development of para triathlon and the classification system on the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for its debut. He has also been the manager for Multisport until 2018 and is also involved in the Project Management of all Para triathlon events and non-para World Cups.

His daily responsibilities have included being the Para triathlon Committee Liaison and the main contact person with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also worked from 2007 to 2011 as Winter Sports Manager. Eric has coordinated the Research Groups that developed the new classification system that was a condition by the IPC to be part of the Paralympic Programme and also manages the day to day activities around Event Planning, Classification administration, Bid Applications for the Paralympic Games Programme and ensuring compliance with all IPC Policies and Procedures. He also has experience having worked in several Organising Committees for the Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Computer Science is his background having started in the IT sector for Sport Events back in 1998 and working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Married and proud father of two kids, Eric is passionate about sports since he was very young. In his words, when he witnessed the Paralympic Games in Sydney, it was a moment that would change his life forever.

 

3.15pm: Break

3.30pm: Classification a National Perspective

Classification a National Perspective
In this session Alasdair will talk through their national objectives for classification and how they ensure the best possible outcome for both athletes and the sport.  He will also touch on how Covid-19 helped to evolve the classification process to be even more athlete focused, while making sure to keep everyone safe.

Alasdair Donaldson (Paratriathlon Pathway Manager, British Triathlon)

Alasdair has worked in British Triathlon’s Paralympic programme for the last nine years, primarily as the Pathway Manager; bringing in new athletes and supporting their journey towards the international stage.  A key part of this role is to support classification both nationally and internationally, ensuring that athletes are correctly classified and also supported through all stages of the classification process, be that national classification, international classification or through protests and appeals.  He has also coached a number of athletes on the programme and provided team management at international events.

4.00pm: Summary and next steps

Jonny Riall (Head of Performance Services, British Paralympic Association)

Jonathon Riall has been working in sport for over twenty years. He has coached and led teams for most of that journey, from a local level through to leading the British Triathlon Team at two Paralympic Games in Rio and Tokyo, and this summer, has the honour of leading the English Triathlon Team at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which has started his sporting career as a volunteer at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.
He has just started his next chapter in sport as the new Head of Performance services for the British Paralympic Association, an organisation that does incredible things, and he aims to support the BPA mission of being ‘Best Prepared’ at the upcoming summer and winter Paralympic Games. Jonny passionate about creating teams and projects that have purpose and integrity at their heart, and loves working with, and leading, others to get the very best from themselves.

Eric Angstadt (Paratriathlon Senior Manager, World Triathlon)

Eric Angstadt Torres (Spain) is the World Para triathlon Senior Manager since August 2011, when he joined ITU at the time. He has since been mainly involved in the development of para triathlon and the classification system on the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for its debut. He has also been the manager for Multisport until 2018 and is also involved in the Project Management of all Para triathlon events and non-para World Cups.

His daily responsibilities have included being the Para triathlon Committee Liaison and the main contact person with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also worked from 2007 to 2011 as Winter Sports Manager. Eric has coordinated the Research Groups that developed the new classification system that was a condition by the IPC to be part of the Paralympic Programme and also manages the day to day activities around Event Planning, Classification administration, Bid Applications for the Paralympic Games Programme and ensuring compliance with all IPC Policies and Procedures. He also has experience having worked in several Organising Committees for the Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Computer Science is his background having started in the IT sector for Sport Events back in 1998 and working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Married and proud father of two kids, Eric is passionate about sports since he was very young. In his words, when he witnessed the Paralympic Games in Sydney, it was a moment that would change his life forever.

 

5.00pm: Wrap up of day 1

5.15pm: Drinks Reception

Ian Howard (Vice President, World Triathlon)


Day 2: Thursday 4 August

Location - The Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows, Skewen, Swansea SA1 8EN

9.00am: Welcome to Day 2

9.10am: Part 1: Introduction & Part 2: World Triathlon Development Opportunities

Part 1: Eric Angstadt (Paratriathlon Senior Manager, World Triathlon)

 

Eric Angstadt Torres (Spain) is the World Para triathlon Senior Manager since August 2011, when he joined ITU at the time. He has since been mainly involved in the development of para triathlon and the classification system on the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for its debut. He has also been the manager for Multisport until 2018 and is also involved in the Project Management of all Para triathlon events and non-para World Cups.

His daily responsibilities have included being the Para triathlon Committee Liaison and the main contact person with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also worked from 2007 to 2011 as Winter Sports Manager. Eric has coordinated the Research Groups that developed the new classification system that was a condition by the IPC to be part of the Paralympic Programme and also manages the day to day activities around Event Planning, Classification administration, Bid Applications for the Paralympic Games Programme and ensuring compliance with all IPC Policies and Procedures. He also has experience having worked in several Organising Committees for the Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Computer Science is his background having started in the IT sector for Sport Events back in 1998 and working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Married and proud father of two kids, Eric is passionate about sports since he was very young. In his words, when he witnessed the Paralympic Games in Sydney, it was a moment that would change his life forever.

Part 2: Debra Alexander (First Vice President, World Triathlon) 

Dr Debra Alexander is the 1st Vice President of World Triathlon, 1st Vice President of Africa Triathlon and 2nd Vice President of the South African National Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SASCOC). She is a Governing Board Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), having been re-elected for a second term and a co-opted Board Member of the African Paralympic Committee (APC). She is a Board Member of Triathlon South Africa (Ex-officio) and a past President.

Debra has been a member of the World Triathlon Para Triathlon Committee since 2010 initially as a committee member and later as the Executive Board Liaison – during these years the committee was involved in: lobbying for inclusion of Para Triathlon in the Paralympic Games; research focusing on evidence based classification in order to minimize the impact of eligible impairment types on the outcome of competition; rules revision; World Triathlon Para Triathlon ranking and qualification criteria; fair start system; paratriathlon competition calendars; and Rio and Tokyo medal events.

Debra led the team that produced the first draft of the South African NOC/NPC Safeguarding Policy and procedures, she contributed to the World Triathlon Safeguarding policy and leads the IPC Safeguarding Policy Working Group. Amongst others, she has mentored Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches as well as women leaders in Para Sport on the African Continent and Sport Integrity Global Alliance mentees.

She has presented nationally and internationally on athlete mental health, wellness and safeguarding as well as the impact of concussion on player cognitive and academic functioning.

Debra has a PhD in Neuropsychology/Sport, she is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, having retired as Head of the Clinical Psychology Department at Tygerberg Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She remains as an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department, Medical and Health Sciences Faculty where she is also the Program Director of the first MPhil Mindfulness Degree in South Africa.

Eric Angstadt (Paratriathlon Senior Manager, World Triathlon)

Eric Angstadt Torres (Spain) is the World Para triathlon Senior Manager since August 2011, when he joined ITU at the time. He has since been mainly involved in the development of para triathlon and the classification system on the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for its debut. He has also been the manager for Multisport until 2018 and is also involved in the Project Management of all Para triathlon events and non-para World Cups.

His daily responsibilities have included being the Para triathlon Committee Liaison and the main contact person with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also worked from 2007 to 2011 as Winter Sports Manager. Eric has coordinated the Research Groups that developed the new classification system that was a condition by the IPC to be part of the Paralympic Programme and also manages the day to day activities around Event Planning, Classification administration, Bid Applications for the Paralympic Games Programme and ensuring compliance with all IPC Policies and Procedures. He also has experience having worked in several Organising Committees for the Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Computer Science is his background having started in the IT sector for Sport Events back in 1998 and working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Married and proud father of two kids, Eric is passionate about sports since he was very young. In his words, when he witnessed the Paralympic Games in Sydney, it was a moment that would change his life forever.

10.15am: Break

10.45am: Part 3: Athlete Development Programmes & Part 4: D-A-CH Paratriathlon Championships 2022-2024

Part 3: Athlete Development programmes

The growth of the para triathlon global community requires profound understanding of the sport and adequate development strategies within an always higher number of National federations.

Athletes development programs play a fundamental role in keeping national federations active, providing strategic support for the attraction and retention of new athletes and assuring natural replacement for those not anymore involved, as well as a framework for peak performance strategies.

Specialistic knowledge and best practices can give an invaluable contribution in defining tailored programs for almost every national federation need, providing at the same time benefits to the perception of triathlon within the world paralympic movement.

Neil MacLeod (Deputy Chair. Paratriathlon Committee, World Triathlon)

Lawyer specialized in Labour Law and Sports Law for both advisory and litigation. Civil Law Lecturer, author of scientific publications, chair and invited speaker at Conferences and University courses.

Professional sport manager with high expertise in the paralympic movement. Creator and manager of the Italian Paratriathlon team for last ten years. Para rowing development manager for the Italian Rowing Federation. Vice chair of the World Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee.
 

Part 4: D-A-CH Para Triathlon Championships 2022-2024

The project ´D-A-CH Championships 2022-2024´ is an idea, waiting to be released off the pipeline, since a couple of years. After several meetings between the 3 NFs, Austria, Germany and Switzerland set up a common agreement to organize the so called ´D-A-CH Championships 2022-2024´. The aim of this common and transnational Championships is to focus on athletes, which have never raced on an international soil and to bring together international and national athletes, to strengthen and develop the Para Triathlon movement within our sport.

Speakers:

Oliver Laaber (Deputy High Performance Director Triathlon Austria/ Para-triathlon Manager Triathlon Austria)

  • Technical Director Lower Austria Triathlon Federation
  • TD and TO for World Triathlon and Europe Triathlon
  • Occupation : Media & Broadcast Services international Sports

Mattia Gyöngy (Executive Director Swiss Triathlon/Project Manager Para Triathlon)

  • Executive Director of Swiss Triathlon since April 2020
  • Project manager Para Triathlon

Tom Kosmehl (Triathlon Deutschland)

  • Head Coach Para Triathlon Germany
  • Triathlon since 1993

12:45pm: Lunch

1.45pm: Panel Discussion: Investing in Para Triathlon Events

In this round table, we’ll use the Swansea WTPS event as a case study to discuss the different partners involved in investing in Para Triathlon events, the different motivations for investment and how the partners have effectively collaborated to deliver an event that meets the various ambitions and goals of their respective organisations. We’ll explore how we can create a compelling case for investment in Para Triathlon events that appeals to a range of potential funding partners.

Speakers:

Andy Salmon (Host)

Andy Salmon joined British Triathlon in November 2017, having previously chaired Triathlon Scotland and was a non-Executive member of the British Triathlon board prior to being appointed CEO. He has worked in Sport for 25 years in a variety of roles across event organisation, officiating, sports development, sponsorship, hospitality, governance and leadership. He is passionate about people development and a keen sporting participant, albeit at a lowly level!

John Muddeman (Major Events Consultant, UK Sport)

John Muddeman is a Major Events Consultant at UK Sport, the lead government agency for major sporting events in the UK, investing National Llottery funding to support Olympic and Paralympic sport.  Prior to this, John spent two years as sports events lead for Nottingham City Council and nine years delivering British Triathlon’s major events programme, which included bringing the World Championships to Hyde Park in London in 2013 and playing a key role in developing the sports strategy to grow participation at all levels in Para-triathlon.  In his role at UK Sport, John works with a number of sports to support their major events hosting aspirations, including Football, Gymnastics, Boxing and Triathlon.

Beverley Lewis (CEO, Welsh Triathlon)

Beverley Lewis joined the Triathlon community in 2010, joining a club to get fitter through multisport and benefitting from a social setting.  She had left her first career of fourteen years as a Geologist in the Oil and Gas Industry to bring up her three children.  Answering an advert for part time employment with Welsh Triathlon she was promoted quicky to the Chief Executive position which she has held now for seven years. This background makes her best placed to promote the purpose of Welsh Triathlon to develop the triathlon community to enhance the wellbeing of the people of Wales.  It is with pride she documents the growth of triathlon in Wales both in participation and as the National Triathlon Performance Centre Wales goes from strength to strength.

David Price Deer (Swansea Council Special Events Manager) 

Starting life as a trainee accountant David Price-Deer quickly realised that a desk job may not be for him and returned to working in various roles within the leisure industry. David jumped at the chance to join the Swansea Council Events Team in 2001 and enjoyed it so much that he’s never left! David worked his way through the ranks undertaking various roles within the team, including production, site and safety management, before taking over the management of the team in 2018.

His role within a local authority events team has allowed him to work on a large variety of events of all different shapes and sizes from sports to culture. Particular achievements include the Wales Airshow, the return of the Stereophonics in 2019 and supporting the delivery of the BBC Big Weekend in 2018. Outside work David loves to travel and is particularly partial to a city break.

Helen Butler (Event Wales, Welsh Government)

Helen Butler is an Event Communications Manager for Event Wales, having undertaken previous roles in Welsh local government, higher education – including at Swansea University – and industry. Her time with Welsh Government has led her to work on major international events across sport and culture, including Ryder Cup, Ashes Tests, a Rugby World Cup, the year-long celebration of the centenary of the birth of local writer, Dylan Thomas and a Champions League Final. She is always pleased to be able to contribute to the planning and preparation for a major event in her own local area, Swansea, and was part of the team who welcomed the IPC Athletics European Championships to the city in 2014.

3.00pm: Break

3.15pm: Panel Discussion: Presenting Paratriathlon Events

This round table will explore the experiences of athletes and coaches at Para Triathlon events and discuss how Para Triathlon is seen by our media partners and what we can do to develop that profile. We’ll also engage with a commercial partner to consider how and why brands invest in people, federations and events and how the Para Triathlon world could be developed to be more appealing to brand partners.

Speakers:

Mike Cavendish (Host, Performance Director, British Triathlon)

Mike Cavendish joined British Triathlon in September 2018, having worked in athletics since the 2008 Beijing Olympic/Paralympic Games.

With a background in physiology, Mike’s role in athletics was responsible for delivering Olympic and Paralympic World Class Programme strategy and operations through the London, Rio and early part of the Tokyo Cycles.

As Director of Performance, Mike leads a large Performance team of coaches, science/medicine practitioners and operational staff (encompassing both the Talent and Olympic/Paralympic World Class Programmes) with the ultimate aim of developing Elite triathletes who can be successful on the global stage. Mike will lead the Olympic and Paralympic Teams to Tokyo where British Triathletes hope to improve on their medal haul from Rio.

Ben Cummings (Director of Partnerships, Commercial and External Affairs)

Ben Cummings joined British Triathlon in September 2018 overseeing the commercial and major event portfolio. 

Ben has spent his career working in sport across public affairs, community engagement, marketing, sponsorship and commercial development. He has extensive experience working for agencies, brands and governing bodies in the UK, Middle East, Far East and North America. 

Ben has been involved with the ITU World Triathlon Series since 2012 both with leading sports marketing agencies, blue chip sponsors and rights holders. 

He is passionate about endurance and multisport and the power of sport to benefit society and communities.

Jonny Riall (Head of Performance Services, British Paralympic Association) 

Jonathon Riall has been working in sport for over twenty years. He has coached and led teams for most of that journey, from a local level through to leading the British Triathlon Team at two Paralympic Games in Rio and Tokyo, and this summer, has the honour of leading the English Triathlon Team at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which has started his sporting career as a volunteer at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.
He has just started his next chapter in sport as the new Head of Performance services for the British Paralympic Association, an organisation that does incredible things, and he aims to support the BPA mission of being ‘Best Prepared’ at the upcoming summer and winter Paralympic Games. Jonny passionate about creating teams and projects that have purpose and integrity at their heart, and loves working with, and leading, others to get the very best from themselves.

Paralympic Champion Lauren Steadman

Dr Debra Alexander 

Dr Debra Alexander is the 1st Vice President of World Triathlon, 1st Vice President of Africa Triathlon and 2nd Vice President of the South African National Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SASCOC). She is a Governing Board Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), having been re-elected for a second term and a co-opted Board Member of the African Paralympic Committee (APC). She is a Board Member of Triathlon South Africa (Ex-officio) and a past President.

Debra has been a member of the World Triathlon Para Triathlon Committee since 2010 initially as a committee member and later as the Executive Board Liaison – during these years the committee was involved in: lobbying for inclusion of Para Triathlon in the Paralympic Games; research focusing on evidence based classification in order to minimize the impact of eligible impairment types on the outcome of competition; rules revision; World Triathlon Para Triathlon ranking and qualification criteria; fair start system; paratriathlon competition calendars; and Rio and Tokyo medal events.

Debra led the team that produced the first draft of the South African NOC/NPC Safeguarding Policy and procedures, she contributed to the World Triathlon Safeguarding policy and leads the IPC Safeguarding Policy Working Group. Amongst others, she has mentored Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches as well as women leaders in Para Sport on the African Continent and Sport Integrity Global Alliance mentees.

She has presented nationally and internationally on athlete mental health, wellness and safeguarding as well as the impact of concussion on player cognitive and academic functioning.

Debra has a PhD in Neuropsychology/Sport, she is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, having retired as Head of the Clinical Psychology Department at Tygerberg Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She remains as an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department, Medical and Health Sciences Faculty where she is also the Program Director of the first MPhil Mindfulness Degree in South Africa.

5.00pm: Wrap up of day 2

7.00pm: Conference Dinner

Lauren Steadman (Host)

Andy Salmon (British Triathlon CEO)

Andy Salmon joined British Triathlon in November 2017, having previously chaired Triathlon Scotland and was a non-Executive member of the BTF board prior to being appointed CEO. He has worked in Sport for 25 years in a variety of roles across event organisation, officiating, sports development, sponsorship, hospitality, governance and leadership. He is passionate about people development and a keen sporting participant, albeit at a lowly level!

 

This event has no dress code, please relax, and enjoy catching up with people.


Day 3: Friday 5 August

Meeting Point - The Marketing Suite, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Kings Rd, Swansea SA1 8AH

10.00am: Welcome to day 3 - Setting the scene

Andy Salmon (British Triathlon CEO)

Andy Salmon joined British Triathlon in November 2017, having previously chaired Triathlon Scotland and was a non-Executive member of the BTF board prior to being appointed CEO. He has worked in Sport for 25 years in a variety of roles across event organisation, officiating, sports development, sponsorship, hospitality, governance and leadership. He is passionate about people development and a keen sporting participant, albeit at a lowly level!

Eric Angstadt (Paratriathlon Senior Manager, World Triathlon)

Eric Angstadt Torres (Spain) is the World Para triathlon Senior Manager since August 2011, when he joined ITU at the time. He has since been mainly involved in the development of para triathlon and the classification system on the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for its debut. He has also been the manager for Multisport until 2018 and is also involved in the Project Management of all Para triathlon events and non-para World Cups.

His daily responsibilities have included being the Para triathlon Committee Liaison and the main contact person with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also worked from 2007 to 2011 as Winter Sports Manager. Eric has coordinated the Research Groups that developed the new classification system that was a condition by the IPC to be part of the Paralympic Programme and also manages the day to day activities around Event Planning, Classification administration, Bid Applications for the Paralympic Games Programme and ensuring compliance with all IPC Policies and Procedures. He also has experience having worked in several Organising Committees for the Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Computer Science is his background having started in the IT sector for Sport Events back in 1998 and working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Married and proud father of two kids, Eric is passionate about sports since he was very young. In his words, when he witnessed the Paralympic Games in Sydney, it was a moment that would change his life forever.

 

10.45am: Swansea Event Course LIVE Tour

Walk and talk led by Sam Allen, Head of Major Events, to showcase the live paratriathlon venue and course highlighting and explaining considerations when organising and planning an event, with a particular focus on planning considerations for different impairment groups. Followed by a Q & A session.

 

Sam Allen, Head of Major Events 

Sam is an events professional with over ten years experience in planning and delivering international major sporting events.

12.00pm: Lunch

12.45pm: Swim Coaching LIVE

Both LIVE sessions with academy athletes new to Para Triathlon will be built upon learning in a race specific environment. Each athlete will work on their own bespoke needs with their coaches Emma & Mark.

This will be a race tech specific session with athletes familiarising themselves with the water they will be racing in.  Practice open water starts to simulate the race start which is an importing part of the race. Working on race line, tactics going into and out of the water to build confidence for racing the next day.

Speakers:

Emma Springham (Paratriathlon Pathway Coach, British Triathlon) 

Emma Springham is a Para Triathlon Academy Coach for British Triathlon and the East Midlands Academy Coach. Alongside those roles, Emma is a Coach Educator. She specialises in the development of Active Skills for Life and coaching young people. Emma has 10 years of coaching experience.

Mark Buckingham (Paratriathlon Pathway Coach, British Triathlon)

Mark Buckingham is a Para Triathlon Academy Coach for British Triathlon, a Performance Coach and a former professional triathlete/runner, Mark has 15 years of coaching experience and was part of the British Para Triathlon VI guiding team. 

1.30pm: Reflecting on the Swim Session

Jonny Riall (Head of Performance Services, British Paralympic Association)

2.00pm: Transition Coaching LIVE

Both LIVE sessions with academy athletes new to Para Triathlon will be built upon learning in a race specific environment. Each athlete will work on their own bespoke needs with their coaches Emma & Mark.

This session will be a blue carpet experience for the academy athletes, working on transition from swim into bike; then bike out into run in the race environment. Opportunity to practice the same transition flow as they will do on race day.

Speakers:

Emma Springham (Paratriathlon Pathway Coach, British Triathlon) 

Emma Springham is a Para Triathlon Academy Coach for British Triathlon and the East Midlands Academy Coach. Alongside those roles, Emma is a Coach Educator. She specialises in the development of Active Skills for Life and coaching young people. Emma has 10 years of coaching experience.

Mark Buckingham (Paratriathlon Pathway Coach, British Triathlon)

Mark Buckingham is a Para Triathlon Academy Coach for British Triathlon, a Performance Coach and a former professional triathlete/runner, Mark has 15 years of coaching experience and was part of the British Para Triathlon VI guiding team. 

3.00pm: Q&A with Emma Springham and Mark Buckingham

Jonny Riall (Head of Performance Services, British Paralympic Association)

4.00pm: Classification observation and discussion

Location - SA1 Swansea Waterfront Campus, Kings Rd, Swansea, SA1 8EW

Classification observation
In this session we will watch a video of a classification session and we will be able to observe what the process looks like and what the classifiers are looking to achieve.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to Alasdair and one of the classifiers to increase understanding of the process.

Alasdair Donaldson (Paratriathlon Pathway Manager, British Triathlon)

Alasdair has worked in British Triathlon’s Paralympic programme for the last nine years, primarily as the Pathway Manager; bringing in new athletes and supporting their journey towards the international stage.  A key part of this role is to support classification both nationally and internationally, ensuring that athletes are correctly classified and also supported through all stages of the classification process, be that national classification, international classification or through protests and appeals.  He has also coached a number of athletes on the programme and provided team management at international events.

Alasdair will be joined by a classifier.

5.00pm: Wrap up of day 3 - Final Reflections

Andy Salmon (British Triathlon CEO)

Andy Salmon joined British Triathlon in November 2017, having previously chaired Triathlon Scotland and was a non-Executive member of the BTF board prior to being appointed CEO. He has worked in Sport for 25 years in a variety of roles across event organisation, officiating, sports development, sponsorship, hospitality, governance and leadership. He is passionate about people development and a keen sporting participant, albeit at a lowly level!

Eric Angstadt (Paratriathlon Senior Manager, World Triathlon)

 

Eric Angstadt Torres (Spain) is the World Para triathlon Senior Manager since August 2011, when he joined ITU at the time. He has since been mainly involved in the development of para triathlon and the classification system on the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for its debut. He has also been the manager for Multisport until 2018 and is also involved in the Project Management of all Para triathlon events and non-para World Cups.

His daily responsibilities have included being the Para triathlon Committee Liaison and the main contact person with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also worked from 2007 to 2011 as Winter Sports Manager. Eric has coordinated the Research Groups that developed the new classification system that was a condition by the IPC to be part of the Paralympic Programme and also manages the day to day activities around Event Planning, Classification administration, Bid Applications for the Paralympic Games Programme and ensuring compliance with all IPC Policies and Procedures. He also has experience having worked in several Organising Committees for the Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Computer Science is his background having started in the IT sector for Sport Events back in 1998 and working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Married and proud father of two kids, Eric is passionate about sports since he was very young. In his words, when he witnessed the Paralympic Games in Sydney, it was a moment that would change his life forever.

Jurg Gotz (Performance Coach Developer British Triathlon)

As a Head Coach and highly committed individual, Jurg has supported Swiss and British Elite Athletes and their Coaches in becoming the best they can be winning Olympic Medals from 1992 to 2012.

On the back of a successful London Olympic campaign, he is sharing his extensive knowledge and skills from the Olympic arena as a Coach Developer and Mentor with the next generation of elite coaches. There is no greater pleasure than seeing coaches excel in their pursuit of coaching excellence!

Michelle Hayden (Head of Coaching, British Triathlon)

Michelle has worked in Sport Development for 17 years with the last two and half years in her role as Head of Coaching at British Triathlon. Michelle is passionate about developing coaches and coach education and has most recently developed the British Triathlon Education and Learning Strategic Framework.

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