COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon in the present day introduced the seven recipients of its 2021 Multisport Awards Offered by Wahoo Health, an annual honor that acknowledges USA Triathlon members who assist gas the multisport way of life by means of service, sportsmanship, and neighborhood contributions:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Chuck Graziano
The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges people who’ve made important contributions to USA Triathlon and the multisport way of life as a complete. These contributions, whether or not they have been in efficiency, management, volunteerism or mentorship, should show influence on the multisport way of life and an prolonged dedication to the game.
The 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Chuck Graziano (Ramsey, NJ) has a protracted historical past of supporting and taking part in triathlon and USA Triathlon. For the previous seven years, Graziano has served as a member of the USA Triathlon Board of Administrators. Previous to that, Graziano spent 14 years on the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee, together with a number of years because the Committee Chair. He was a key participant within the creation of the USA Triathlon Corridor of Fame and the Corridor of Fame banquet.
Graziano was an early advocate for creating the multisport format of aquabike (swim-bike), which attracted a brand new viewers of athletes to the game. An achieved multisport athlete himself, Graziano is a multiple-time member of age group Staff USA and has competed in additional than 300 multisport occasions.
Doug Clark Sportsmanship Award: Amy Rappaport
This award is introduced yearly in honor of Doug Clark, a embellished triathlete and multi-time masters nationwide champion who impressed others by means of his dedication and dedication to sport, humility, means to encourage others, ambassadorship for the game and excessive requirements of moral conduct on and off the sector of competitors. He handed away in 2016.
The recipient of the 2021 Doug Clark Sportsmanship Award is Amy Rappaport (Califon, NJ), a longtime age group triathlete and multiple-time member of Staff USA. She is a daily on the rostrum at World Triathlon World Championship occasions, however for Rappaport, the lifetime of a triathlete is extra than simply competitions. She is devoted to serving to others at multisport occasions, whether or not as a volunteer to cheer on different racers, or to supply a supportive and sort phrase to different fellow athletes. Rappaport can usually be discovered handing out water or gas at assist stations, throughout registration, and at factors alongside the course cheering on individuals. She exemplifies sportsmanlike conduct at its finest and gives optimistic help to assist others succeed.
Army Sport Award: Morgon Latimore
US Marine Grasp Sergeant Morgon Latimore (Jacksonville, NC) is the recipient of the 2021 Army Sport Award, which acknowledges the multisport successes achieved by the women and men of the US Armed Forces as they pursue the triathlon way of life, whereas concurrently assembly the excessive requirements and work ethics required to satisfy their oaths as members of the navy neighborhood.
A US Marine who served two excursions in Afghanistan, Latimore is a multisport athlete, coach, race director, motivational speaker, writer, podcaster and an all-around supply of inspiration throughout his lengthy multisport profession. Recognized by many athletes as “The Folks’s Coach,” Latimore coaches his athletes by means of his highly effective communication model and real hands-on method to assist individuals notice and capitalize on their very own undiscovered abilities. Stated one in every of Latimore’s athletes: “He isn’t just a coach, however he’s a life mentor and a guru who takes care of the emotional, psychological, and attitudinal facets of a person. It isn’t about coaching and athletes for him, he mentors a complete individual and has each intention to carve out the most effective from his mentees. I see it in his perspective and training model.” To be taught extra about Latimore’s teaching and his books and podcast, go to his web site at morgonlatimore.com.
Jeff Jewell Spirit Award: Kimee Armour
This award commemorates Jeff Jewell, a therapeutic massage therapist for USA Triathlon’s age-group Staff USA from 2001-2009. Jewell, who handed away from mind most cancers in November 2010, was one in every of life’s largest cheerleaders and was an inspiration to everybody he met. The award is given every year to an athlete who offers again to the game outdoors of competitions and is taken into account a task mannequin to different athletes, notably youth.
Exemplifying these qualities is 2021 Jeff Jewell Spirit Award recipient Kimee Armor (Auburn, In poor health.). An age-group Staff USA member since 2017, Armor is an annual competitor at USA Triathlon Nationwide Championship occasions and an enthusiastic ambassador for rising participation in multisport for grownup and youth athletes. In 2021, Armor raised greater than $10,000 for the USA Triathlon Basis as a Basis Ambassador. Her efforts helped help the Basis’s mission of remodeling lives by means of sport by opening pathways for all to swim, bike, and run. She additionally helps introduce the game to youth by coordinating an annual YMCA children triathlon in her neighborhood. On the racecourse, you may usually discover Armor cheering and supporting different rivals and displaying an inspiring “by no means stop” perspective when she races.
Volunteer of the 12 months Award: Judi Carbary
The Volunteer of the 12 months Award acknowledges a person or group whose volunteer management has been transformative and has mobilized and unified athletes, applications and organizations within the multisport neighborhood. The recipient of the 2021 Volunteer of the 12 months Award is Judi Carbary (Del Mar, Calif.).
An energetic member of the USA Triathlon Duathlon Committee (lately renamed the Multisport Committee) since 2006, Carbary in 2021 created the USA Triathlon Multisport Committee Fb web page to share USA Triathlon information, join USA Triathlon members and promote and educate the varied multisport disciplines, which embrace aquabike (swim-bike), aquathlon (swim-run), duathlon (run-bike-run), off-road triathlon and winter triathlon. Since launching, the web neighborhood has grown to greater than 1,400 members. A longtime multisport athlete, Carbary can also be a Race Director for the San Diego Children Splash & Sprint and is a USA Triathlon Licensed Coach.
Most Inspirational Comeback Award: Wolf Hillesheim
Wolf Hillesheim (El Sobrante, Calif.) is the recipient of the 2021 Most Inspirational Comeback Award, which acknowledges athletes who’ve made a comeback to the game after a traumatic or troublesome private state of affairs. An extended-time member of age-group Staff USA, Hillesheim has participated in 20 World Triathlon World Championship occasions, and dozens of nationwide, regional, and native races. A former USA Triathlon Grand Masters Duathlete of the 12 months, Hillesheim sustained critical accidents from a motorbike crash in 2018 that required surgical procedure and carrying a neck brace for 83 days. Regardless of this, Hillesheim was again to working and biking three months after the accident, and returned to competitors in 2019, together with USA Triathlon Duathlon Nationwide Championships and World Triathlon World Championships. Not solely an achieved multisport athlete, Hillesheim can also be proprietor and Race Director for Wolf Pack Occasions and organizes a number of USA Triathlon Sanctioned multisport occasions yearly.
Mike Greer Spirit of Multisport Award: Katie McCully
The Mike Greer Spirit of Multisport Award honors these people who illustrate the rules of the optimistic spirit of the game as displayed by means of acts of sportsmanship and management in multisport, with no deference to athletic means. The award is known as in honor of Mike Greer, who handed away in July of 2021. Greer devoted his life to multisport as an athlete, race director, official, volunteer, writer, speaker, coach, mentor and innovator throughout a virtually four-decade profession.
The 2021 Mike Greer Spirit of Multisport Award goes to Katie McCully (Eastham, Mass.), a a number of time nationwide champion in triathlon, aquathlon and aquabike. A member of age-group Staff USA, McCully “represents all that’s good within the multisport neighborhood,” buddies say, and “has at all times exuded class and charm and epitomizes what excellent sportsmanship appears like.” She goes out of her method to assist others and provide help to those that should not as aware of competing at regional, nationwide and world ranges, her nominator mentioned. McCully competes in native USA Triathlon Sanctioned races in her neighborhood, together with fundraising occasions that help their area people, veterans, and most cancers facilities.
For extra details about the USA Triathlon Multisport Awards, and to view all previous recipients, go to usatriathlon.org/multisportawards.