As a key part of the International Triathlon Union’s 25th year anniversary celebrations, the first ever ITU Hall Of Fame will be launched at a Gala during ITU’s World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Edmonton, 1 September, 2014.
“ITU’s 25th anniversary is a landmark year to celebrate the success of all of those who have made triathlon what it is today,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Without the work, support and dedication of the athletes, leaders, officials and volunteers over the last quarter century, we would not be where we are today. It is time to pause and recognize those that laid the foundation upon which we are able to continue evolving our great sport.”
Up to 25 individuals will be shortlisted for the first annual induction, with a maximum of nine of those nominated to be inaugurated into the Hall of Fame. The nominations will be divided into the categories of elite female and male athlete accomplishments, as well as lifetime achievements in the sport of triathlon.
For the inaugural 2014 Hall Of Fame, ITU’s Executive Board will be responsible for preparing a shortlist of nominees for final consideration as inductees, which will be announced by 30 June, 2014. The induction ceremony will take place during the 2014 Edmonton World Triathlon Grand Final closing ceremonies banquet with more than 4,000 athletes and dignitaries in attendance.
In addition to the 25 year celebrations, ITU will also publish a commemorative 25 year anniversary book and will hold its final Executive Board of the year meeting in Avignon, France, where ITU’s first Congress was held in 1989.