Women For Tri’s 2018 Ambassador Team Expands Global Reach

March 1, 2018

Ambassadors encompass seven countries globally

TAMPA, Fla. (March 1, 2018) – Women For Tri®, a program of The IRONMAN Foundation®, today announced its 2018 Women For Tri Ambassador Team. The team comprises 27 Regional Ambassadors and three Brand Ambassadors who span seven countries across the globe. These female athletes will represent Women For Tri to introduce more women to the sport of triathlon at a grassroots level, helping to overcome barriers to entry through the leadership of first-timer initiatives, engaging their community of women in local races, leveraging their position as triathlon influencers through social media campaigns and the continued building of the Women For Tri global social community of more than 40,000 women.

“We are delighted to announce our 2018 Women For Tri Ambassadors which is composed of talented, committed women who represent the very best of our mission,” said Kyrsten Sinema, Chair of the Women For Tri Advisory Committee and U.S. Representative from Arizona. “This year, we’ve continued to expand our reach globally, with ambassadors in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.”

Women For Tri welcomes three Brand Ambassadors to the 2018 team: Minda Dentler, the first-ever female hand-cyclist to finish the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i in 2013; Julie Moss, a trailblazer for women in long course triathlon who brought significant exposure to the sport with her 1982 finish at the IRONMAN World Championship; and Samantha Warriner, a standout triathlete and competitor for New Zealand in triathlon at the 2004 Olympic Games.

The Women For Tri Ambassador Committee, a subcommittee of the Women For Tri Committee of Advisors, selected these athletes based on their dedication to the Women For Tri mission and their already positive impact in the female triathlon community. The Women For Tri Ambassador Committee comprises four female leaders in the sport: co-chairs Joanna Graham and Moira Horan, professional triathlete Rachel Joyce and American actress Katherine Kelly Lang.

The 2018 Women For Tri Brand and Regional Ambassadors are:

Brand Ambassadors

Minda Dentler, New York, New York, USA
Julie Moss, Cardiff by the Sea, California, USA
Samantha Warriner, Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand

Regional Ambassadors

Priscilla Askew, Euless, Texas, USA
Susane Belkhiati, Panorama, South Australia, Australia
Brenda Bettencourt, San Francisco, California, USA
Kristy Breslaw, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Sherri Brown, Toms River, New Jersey, USA
Diane Bruchhauser, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Suzanne Croy, Vienna, Virginia, USA
Angel Cuellar, Fort Lee, Virginia, USA
Danielle Dagounis, Fanwood, New Jersey, USA
Michelle Desrosiers, Fairfield, Vermont, USA
Janet Dixon, Roanoke, Texas, USA
Cynthia Erickson, Lansing, Michagan, USA
Lynette Estrada, Miami, Florida, USA
Sara-Lise Harris, Dubai Waterfront, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kristen Hislop, Clifton Park, New York, USA
Leiann Klein, Weston, Florida, USA
Anna Kordek, Walton on Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom
Lucy Monin, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Carla McKay, San Francisco, California, USA
Joanne Murphy, Galway, Ireland
Tania Ohlson, Christchurch, New Zealand
Lyndsay Patterson, Beachley, Chepstow, United Kingdom
Nanette Nanjo-Jones, Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
Juliet Thompson Hochman, Portland, Oregon, USA
Melina Timson-Katchis, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hsu Wei, Taipei, Shih Lin, Taiwan
Ginny Wong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

To learn more about the 2018 Women For Tri Ambassador program, please visit www.womenfortri.com/our-community/women-for-tri-ambassadors.

To find information about events in your surrounding area and join the Women For Tri Ambassador Support Crew, please contact womenfortri@ironman.com. For media related inquiries, please contact press@ironman.com.


About Women For Tri

Women For Tri®, a program of The IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN in 2015, works to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities. Since inception, over $183,000 in grants have been awarded to triathlon clubs supporting female participation initiatives. Women For Tri embodies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so rewarding: testing your ability, overcoming challenges, and realizing the full depth of your potential in the most widely recognized test of endurance – triathlon. Learn more at www.womenfortri.com and join the Women For Tri online community of 40,000+ female triathletes at www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri.

About The IRONMAN Foundation

The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in IRONMAN race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN Foundation programs to more than 6,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.


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About Wanda Sports Holdings

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