The Bahrain Endurance 13 team has announced that Sara Gross is its newest member. The Canadian is a 20-time top-5 Ironman finisher, the 2005 ITU European Long Distance champion, and claimed back-to-back Ironman wins in 2014 with Ironman Brazil and the North American Championship at Ironman Mont-Tremblant.
As president of TriEqual, Gross is also a passionate advocate for women in sport.
“The Bahrain Endurance Team brings together many of the things I feel passionate about—religion, culture, politics and triathlon,” Gross said in the press release about the news. “Having gone to school in Al Ain in the province of Abu Dhabi, I have come to love Middle Eastern people, the culture… and especially the food. In current times, how we react to our Muslim neighbors could literally make the difference between war and peace. Sport is a place where people come together as equals and I think triathlon is a wonderful starting point for a meaningful dialogue. I look forward to being part of that process.”
The Bahrain Endurance Racing Team has now been restructured to focus on high performance athletes in Bahrain. Two of its former members have been promoted to the team’s main roster: Fredrik Croneborg, who had a breakthrough year in 2015 and qualified for the Ironman World Championship, and David Plese who won his first Ironman title last season in Barcelona.
The press release says that the complete roster will be announced soon.