To save you looking for the link on the BTA website, you can find the ITU document here.
The only truly scary resolution is Resolution-13: from the Brazilian Federation that seeks to rule that all future Age Group World Chanpionships must be draft legal.
I’ve faxed Peter Coulson and asked him how the BTA plans to vote on this resolution. It’s my view that this is more important to age group triathletes than who Peter supports for President, but not even the slightest mention of this in Tri News. Shame I hadn’t read these before I met Peter today at the race organisers meeting. More on this later.
I competed in the Edmonton 2000 ITU World Championships, I was totally inspired by the AWAD athletes who started just before me. After I’d raced, I personally tracked down and took-up the lack of BTA action and support for AWAD sport up with Norman Brook, who was in attendance at
Today at the BTA Race Organisers conference, I raised this issue during the Q&A with Peter Coulson, only to get cut off by the same Norman Brook. They made no reference to this resolution but started to make excuses about why it wasn’t a simple issue…
Since my former clubmate Paula Craig has been nominated for the ITU Athletes with a Disability Commission, according to the BTA website, I’m glad to see the BTA doing something, and they couldn’t have picked a better, more enthusiastic person to nominate. Although, it has to be said there is no mention of this nomination or commission in the ITU Agenda/Resolutions document.
Meanwhile, back to making hay – The ITU Congress document makes some interesting reading, and assuming you know some of the background, even more interesting.
First, up, nominations. For the important "table" positions its basically a straight run - the Les camp vs the non-Les camp, one standing in each position, One of the more interesting ones if the vote-out between Bill Walker from Australia and Mark Sisson from the USA.
Mark Sisson "has been Les McDonald's right-hand-man from the beginning"; and following a number of issues left the ITU family for the last few years. His home
Then there was this article, posted on the Inside Triathlon web site, from an original article published by Tri Digest, written by Katherine Cassidy, then Katherine Williams. It reports that Sissons position, then ITU General Secretary, was untenable or at least so claimed the Olympic anti-doping team.
Getting complicated isn't it ? Well just in case you think this is all new, it isn't. Mark has been helping the ITU since 1995, as discussed in this article. My, my, what a complex web. What you learn by reading these is that at least for a period of time, Bill Walker and Mark Sisson were working hand in hand as part of the triumvirate running the ITU.
Now Mark and Bill are standing for the same position on the ITU Executive Board, Secretary General. Word as I heard it, is Mark, a one-time potential successor to Les McDonald, has decided now is a good time for a come back, and has decided to throw his hat in with the "time for a change candidates".
What makes this more interesting, and you'll have stick with me on this, at the same time all this was going on, Mark for the ITU was trying to build bridges(or was that burn them?) between the ITU and USAT. Why might that be ?
Well, The ITU have a World Cup race at Cornerbrook in
You can see here that despite what you'd think, the ITU in the form of one Mark Sission, wrote to USAT to offer an olive branch to avoid bad feeling over this. So thats alright then. Until you learn that it was one Steve Locke from USAT who wanted to block Sissons’ nomination that I started this First up discussing.. It might be no coincidence that Steve lost the Presidential election to Les, or then again it might. You think its getting complicated, well when you find that at this election Steve Locke is standing this time around for the position of Treasurer of the ITU. You can read an details on the prior issues from a Slowtwitch summary here.
My head hurts too. Now, it might be that these erstwhile giants of triathlon organisation can put all this behind them for the good of the sport and get on with getting the house in order. Well apparently not.
Someone at least bears a grudge. How so ? "Where as" Resolution-1 before the ITU AGM seeks to force USA Triathlon to stop sanctioning the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the grounds "Where as" the event is discriminatory and sexist. So, no bad blood here then.
Which just makes me wonder even more what Peter Coulson BTA Chairman and Dr Sarah Springman, ITU Presidential nominee, think they are taking on, and especially if as I hear it, that Mark Sisson is on “their side”. It just confirms my suspicion all along that this hornets nest should just be left to itself and the BTA would be better focussing on domestic issues. Vote in the BTA AGM to let them know what you think, I’ll be voting Jasmine Flatters.
The British Federation also submitted resolutions, 22/23 which really ought to be entitled “Maws master plan” or the “Horse and barn door for triathletes”. Read for yourself and decide what this is all about.
One final resolution worth a mention is Resolution-11. We can all remember that great picture of
There are some other interesting resolutions, but I’ve gone on more than enough already. VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN