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Sarah Reinertsen and J.P. Theberge have been named the 2009 Paratriathletes of the year by USA Triathlon.
See the complete press release below:
USA Triathlon is pleased to announce the 2009 Accenture Paratriathletes of the Year. Sarah Reinertsen and J.P. Theberge were selected for this honor by USA Triathlon’s Age Group Commission.
Paratriathlete of the Year – Women
Sarah Reinertsen, 34, Mission Viejo, Calif.
2nd at USAT/Accenture Paratriathlon National Championships (TRI-2)
1st at ITU Triathlon World Championship (TRI-2)
“I am honored to be selected as the 2009 Paratriathlete of the Year, especially amongst such an incredible group of athletes on the team. I have been racing in triathlon for the past six years, and the paratriathlete division has grown tremendously. We have the most competitive field of women to date, so it’s a true delight to receive this distinction.”
Honorable Mention: Robin Caruso (43, Ridgefield, Conn.), Megan Fisher (26, Missoula, Mont.), Ivonne Mosquera (32, New York, N.Y.)
Paratriathlete of the Year – Men
J.P. Theberge, 37, Carlsbad, Calif.
1st at USAT/Accenture Paratriathlon National Championships (TRI-5)
1st at ITU Triathlon World Championship (TRI-5)
“It is a great honor to be voted Paratriathlete of the Year by USAT. It is a honor to me but also a tribute to the burgeoning paratriathlon movement which is making great strides around the world featuring talented disabled athletes around the U.S. and internationally who work hard to promote and to increase awareness of the movement in countries such as Morocco, Hungary, the UK, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Spain, Austria, New Zealand among the many other countries involved. We all thank you so much for the honor.”
Honorable Mention: Paul Martin (42, Boulder, Colo.), Matt Perkins (35, Boise, Idaho), Aaron Scheidies (27, Seattle, Wash.)
The sponsorship of the 2009 Paratriathlete of the Year Award showcases Accenture’s ongoing commitment to the sport of Paratriathlon. “What we are all about is high performance, so we always look for opportunities to work with others that exemplify that,” said Cathinka Wahlstrom, Accenture’s N.Y. Metro managing director. “We love Paratriathletes because absolutely everyone involved is exhibiting high performance.”
Accenture is committed to helping enhance Paratriathlon competitions and grow the Paratriathlete base. They have sponsored the Accenture USAT Paratriathlon National Championships in New York City for the past four years and will do so again in 2010. “Part of the reason Paratriathlon is now considered an elite sport and is on the verge of Paralympic inclusion is the great support of Cathinka, Justin Model and everyone at Accenture.” said Jon Beeson, co-chair of the USAT Paratriathlon Committee. And there is a real side benefit to its involvement. Along with Accenture’s partnership with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), it’s support of high-performing, non-profit organizations like USAT also promotes an environment of healthy living and lifestyles for their employees and clients. Many of them have taken up the sport after helping out as ParaTri handlers at the NYC race.