Open Letter: Dear Women For Tri Board of Advisors Stef Hanson. Chief. February 10, 2015 News Flash 172 Witsup was a platform created with many missions in mind. One of them was to improve gender equality in all facets of triathlon, which is why we are honoured to present this “open letter” generated by a group of passionate women, penned for the Women For Tri Board of Advisors. Two weeks ago we published part one of a four part series by Sara Gross on gender equality in triathlon (see here), and this week we continue the discussion in more depth, kicking off the week with this open letter. Please note some of the digital signatures at the bottom of this letter, including a host of Supportive Dudes as well – get involved. As the newly-formed “Women for Tri” Board of Advisors sat down for their first meeting last week, a number of concerned citizens of the triathlon community penned a letter to the board members asking them to consider the question of equal slots for female pros at World Championship races. A number of influential people are among the signees including Multiple Ironman Champions and World Champions, Olympians, high profile coaches and industry leaders. As the Board continues to debate the issues, the many who support equality feel that this is a fundamental question of right and wrong. As such, the letter is now an “open letter” inviting all members of the triathlon community to go to www.womenfortri.org to comment and show their support. The authors recognize that it is one of many discussion points on the table for the women on the board and that time is required to discuss all the issues. Dear Women for Tri Board of Advisors: Congratulations on being named to the Women for Tri Board of Advisors. We applaud you for taking on the important task of increasing female participation in our sport. While we recognize that there are a multitude of approaches to increasing female participation, we want to bring to your attention the ongoing issue of inequality for our female professionals. Ironman currently offers 50 slots for the professional men and 35 slots for the professional women at the Ironman World Championships and 70.3 World Championships. Ironman claims that the reason for this inequitable treatment is that the male-to-female percentage of all athletes competing in 70.3 and 140.6 distance races globally is 67 percent to 33 percent and that the professional women’s field is not as competitive as the professional men’s field. Regardless of the reasons Ironman uses to justify this inequality, the disparate treatment of professional women at the very highest levels of the sport has a trickle-down effect on women of all ages and abilities. How can anyone, let alone a female triathlete, justify to her daughters, sisters and friends that “Anything is Possible” when opportunities for women are less possible than opportunities for men? We ask you to consider this issue as one of the many important issues on the table. We hope that as you sit down in Tampa this week to discuss broadening the appeal of triathlon to women, you will consider both the benefits of offering professional women equal representation at the Ironman World Championship and the perception of discrimination that accompanies Ironman’s current policy. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like additional information about the points we have raised, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us. We have all given detailed consideration and analysis to this topic and can offer a full evaluation of the issues should you as a group or as individuals like to learn more. We look forward to receiving a formal read-out from the meeting and actionable recommendations to taking forward the objectives of the Women for Tri Board of Advisors. Very Truly Yours, Corinne Abraham – Professional Triathlete Paolina Allan- Professional Cyclist Sue Aquila – Entrepreneur, Coach, 3x Kona Qualifier and 10X Ironman Finisher Sally Bergesen – Founder and CEO of Oiselle Kathryn Bertine – Professional Cyclist, Filmmaker and Author Jordan Blanco – Entrepreneur, Investment Professional, Writer, 4x Kona Finisher blueseventy Lori Bowden – Multiple Ironman Champion Ruth Brennan Morrey- Professional Triathlete, IM 70.3 Champion and Psychologist Kelly Burns Gallagher – Attorney, Writer and 7x Ironman Finisher Katie Button MScPT – Physiotherapist, Professional XC Cyclist and Triathlete Leanda Cave – Ironman World Champion Haley Chura – Ironman Champion Marilyn Chychota- Elite Triathlon Coach Emily Cocks – Professional Triathlete and Swim Coach Jessica Cohen – Saucony Triathlon Manager Jeanne Collonge – Ironman 70.3 Champion and Embrunmen Record-Woman Kevin Collington – Professional Triathlete Linsey Corbin – 5x Ironman Champion Ben Cotter – Professional Triathlete Justin Daerr – Ironman Champion Matt Dixon – Elite coach and founder of Purplepatch Fitness Tim Don – Ironman Champion Jessie Donavan – 3x Ironman Champion Mary Eggers RN – Nurse, Coach and 3x Kona Qualifier Lauren Fleshman – Founder of Picky Bars and 2x USA 5K Champion Helle Frederiksen – Olympian and Professional Triathlete Joe Friel – Elite Triathlon Coach and Author Julia Gajer – Professional Triathlete and Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Champion Beth Gerdes- Professional Triathlete and 14x Ironman Finisher Alyssa Godesky – Professional Triathlete and 14x Iron Distance Finisher Dr. Lucy Gossage – 3x Ironman Champion Caroline Gregory- Professional Triathlete and 16x Ironman finisher Dede Griesbauer – 2x Ironman Champion Sara Gross PhD – 2x Ironman Champion Monique Grossrieder – Professional Triathlete Jennie Hansen – Ironman Champion Stef Hanson – Editor in Chief of witsup.com Ryan Heisler – Retailer, Writer and Marketer Mike Hermanson – Professional Triathlete Ben Hobbs aka The Real Starky -Provocateur and Host of TRS Radio Kebby Holden – Founder of Coeur Sports and 3x Kona Qualifier Tenille Hoogland- Policy Analyst, Coach, 2x Ironman 70.3 Champion Jeremy Howard- Professional Triathlete Mareen Hufe – Professional Triathlete and Kona Qualifier Chris Hutchens – Team Director, Maverick Multisport Kirsty Jahn (Smith) – Professional Triathlete Lisa Mensink- Olympian, Professional Triathlete and Head Coach of Kronos Triathlon Club Jessica Jones Meyers – Captain, US Army, Combat Veteran and Professional Triathlete Rachel Joyce – 3x Ironman Champion Danelle Kabush – 3x Xterra World Championship Medalist Rebekah Keat – 6x Iron Distance Champion Meredith B. Kessler – 7x Ironman Champion Stephen Kilshaw – Professional Triathlete Silken Laumann-4x Olympic Silver and Bronze Medallist, Speaker, Writer and Child Advocate Sarah Lehman – CEO, ENVE Ana Lidia Borba – Professional Triathlete, 70.3 Amateur World Champion and 3x Brazil’s LD Elite Champion Emma-Kate Lidbury – 6x Ironman 70.3 Champion and Journalist Clint Lien – Ironman Champion Coach and Co-founder of Mercury Rising Triathlon Caroline Livesey – Professional Triathlete Mark “Dark Mark” Machell – Iconoclast and Podcaster Doug Maclean – Professional Triathlete Amy Marsh – 4x Ironman Champion Brandon Marsh – Professional Triathlete Katya Meyers – Professional Triathlete, Endurance Coach and 5x Kona finisher Luke McKenzie – 6x Ironman Champion Melanie McQuaid – 3x XTERRA World Champion Catriona Morrison – 2x Ironman Champion and Sports Marketer Angela Naeth – Ironman Champion and Multiple Ironman 70.3 Champion Tara Norton – Triathlon Coach and Registered Massage Therapist Jake Pantone – Director of Marketing, ENVE Jillian Petersen- Professional Triathlete Sarah Piampiano – Ironman 70.3 Champion Ben Powell – Ceramic Speed Tawnee Prazak – Endurance Coach, Sports Podcaster and Ironman Finisher Thorsten Radde – Entrepreneur, Blogger, Podcaster and 4x Iron Distance Finisher Anjana Rajan – Team USA Triathlete and Duathlete Cristina Ramirez – Writer TriathlonMami.com and Co-Founder ThumbsUp International Lisa Roberts (Ribes) – Professional Triathlete, Principal Landscape Architect Molly Roohi – Professional Triathlete, Coach, Kona Qualifier and 6x Ironman Finisher Matthew Rose – Coach & Founder, Dynamo Multisport Kim Schwabenbauer, RD – Professional Triathlete and Kona Qualifier Laura Siddall – Professional Triathlete, 4x Amateur World Champion Jess Smith – Professional Triathlete Lesley Smith – Professional Triathlete Karen Smyers – Ironman World Champion and Multiple World Champion Nicola Spirig – Olympic Gold Medalist & Ironman Champion Professor Sarah Springman Brett Sutton – Elite Triathlon Coach Sonja Tajsich – 3x Ironman Champion Karen Thibodeau, RN, Professional Triathlete David Tilbury-Davis – Elite Triathlon Coach PhysFarm Training Systems Chrissie Wellington – 4x Ironman World Champion Heather Wurtele – 6x Ironman Champion Trevor Wurtele – Ironman Champion Suzanne Zelazo, PhD – Professional Triathlete 172 Responses Clark Carvish February 10, 2015 Ironman fan and newbie Reply Lois Barmby February 11, 2015 As youth co-ordinator for Windrush tri club London UK we have 50/50 male female juniors at our sessions. They should all be able to look up and aspire to the same opportunities. Reply Jesse Thomas February 10, 2015 Pro Triathlete – CEO & Co-Founder, Picky Bars Reply Gillian Clayton February 10, 2015 Ironman Champion Reply K Floyd February 10, 2015 physician, simple age grouper… Reply Kevin Schummer February 10, 2015 Attorney Reply Emily Sherrard February 10, 2015 Triathlete, AG World Champion, Medical Sudent Reply Becky February 10, 2015 2x ironman finisher. Reply Kristy Crisp February 10, 2015 Age Group Triathlete. Mom. & Gender equality activist. Reply Kevin Levi-Goerlich February 10, 2015 Coach of Maryland Triathlon and Mini Cow Tri Club, IMLP 18-24 AG Champ and Kona Finisher. Reply Shelley Thomson February 10, 2015 Mother and 2x 70.3 World Champs participant Reply Melanie Chapman February 10, 2015 wife, mother, coach, triathlete Reply Rhys Spencer February 12, 2015 Rhys Spencer. 13 * Ironman finisher Reply Lisbeth Kenyon February 10, 2015 50/50 pros in Kona for my 50th #2015 Reply Krystyna Glavinovic February 10, 2015 Age group triathlete seeking gender equality. Reply Kristy Hallett February 10, 2015 From grassroots triathlete to Pro in my 30s Reply Meredith Novack February 10, 2015 Women should not have to justify their existence. We have value and we add value. I support 50/50. 100% worthy to have equal slots…also if the WTC wants to grow the women’s side then the WTC should grow it- not make it a condition of some volunteer female board. Pro female athletes should be held to the same standards as the pro men and not have to do additional work. Reply Julie Anderson February 10, 2015 Age group triathlete Reply Hailey Manning February 10, 2015 5x Kona Finisher Reply Katie Pressure February 10, 2015 Age group triathlete seeking gender equality. Reply Alexandre saint-jalm February 10, 2015 editor at trimes.org Reply PJ Gallahger February 10, 2015 Middle-aged AG’er Reply Kim Rashid February 10, 2015 Age group triathlete, former collegiate runner, age group worlds qualifier. Reply Krisztina Dearborn February 10, 2015 Daughter, Div. 1 level collegiate student-athlete Reply Dan Conway February 10, 2015 Age group triathlete. It makes sense – just do it! Reply Jake Bradley February 10, 2015 Attorney Reply Timothy "James" LiVolsi Jr February 10, 2015 Age Group Triathlete, 2x 70.3 World Championship Qualifier, Former D1 Swimmer. No excuses, equal slots. This is an opportunity to proactively generate more female engagement. Don’t wait for the #’s to creep up, force the opportunity! Reply Brett Blankner February 10, 2015 Host of Zen and the Art of Triathlon Podcast, Ironman, ultra runner, marathon swimmer, husband and son to women who deserve fair treatment. Reply Standley Douglas February 10, 2015 Age group triathlete Reply Jennifer Lansdowne February 10, 2015 Veterinary Surgeon, Triathlete, Ironman wannabe, mother, wife, woman. Reply Kate Hefferon February 10, 2015 AG triathlete, mom, proud professional woman in a “man’s field”. Reply Jed Hurt February 10, 2015 Average 70.3 athlete – better Dad. Better dad thanks to a supportive wife and daughter Reply Jojo Baxas February 10, 2015 It’s a no brainer. And not difficult to implement. I really don’t understand the hold up Reply Carly Johann February 10, 2015 Pro triathlete Reply Alicia Kaye February 10, 2015 Professional Triathlete, 2 x lifetime series champion Reply Beth Curtis February 10, 2015 2 x Ironman finisher Reply Morgan Lehman February 10, 2015 Age grouper and student Reply Charisa Wernick February 10, 2015 pro triathlete Reply Lori Cameron February 10, 2015 This issue was dealt with in in the International Triathlon Union, through pressure from the ITU Women’s Committee, back in the 80s/90s, and resolved – there are equal placings and prize money at ITU Worlds and the Olympics. I think it is a bit overdue for Ironman to stop this form of discrimination. Time for action – encourage more women into the sport, recognise women’s achievements equally. (I’m a past triathlete, past ITU Women’s Committee chair – now triathlon observer, family doctor, and supporter/practitioner of sustainable living – which includes equal access to resources for everyone). :-) Reply Monica Queen February 10, 2015 Physical Therapist, Age group triathlete Reply Scott Daley February 10, 2015 Just want to share my support for this letter. No reason to not give women an equal number of slots in the Ironman triathlon world championships. From an amateur medium-distance runner who, if he learns to enjoy bike riding and get better at swimming, might attempt a triathlon at some point. Reply Claire Pendlebury February 10, 2015 Age grouper and mum to a daughter who did her first tri this weekend. Want her to know that her life’s path will not be blocked simply because she was born female. Reply Amber Ferreira February 10, 2015 Ironman Champion Reply Ben Berry February 10, 2015 Triathlete and anti-doping advocate Reply Kate Bevilaqua February 10, 2015 3 x Ironman Champion Reply Jen Slater @eclecticcake February 10, 2015 Try-athelete Reply Iain Gillam February 10, 2015 Age Grouper Reply Cécile Pinto February 10, 2015 Sport lover Reply Carolyn "Curly" Skyer February 10, 2015 Wife, Mom, world record holder, and triathlete. I have been a pro in other sports and know first hand how hard it is to make a living as a woman! We work as hard, train as hard, and put our hearts into it just like the guys, yet we get half the money. If “Anything is possible” then Ironman should be the first organization to take a stand and offer 50/50 to men and women! Reply Tom Williams February 10, 2015 MD parkrun UK, co-owner Marathon Talk podcast Reply Peter Howard February 10, 2015 Beginner. Parent. Reply Cori James February 10, 2015 Female tattooer and new (and very passionate) triathlete Reply Charlotte Gonzalez February 10, 2015 Triathlete, writer, and personal trainer. Mother to a girl and a boy who both deserve the same opportunities. Reply Jill Skinner February 10, 2015 2x Iron Distance Finisher, triathlete for 10 years, tv producer. Thank you for fighting for equality! Reply Alan Grove February 10, 2015 Iron-dabbler, lucky husband to an amazing wife and proud Dad to two utterly awesome and unstoppable little girls. Reply Sarah Haskins February 10, 2015 Professional Triathlete Reply Guy Crawford February 10, 2015 Professional Triathlete Reply Maggie Rusch February 11, 2015 First Year Professional Triathlete Reply Karin Jackson February 11, 2015 Mediocre everything. Coffee Addict. Fledging Vegan. Triathlete wannabe. 1x iron-distance finisher. Reply Deborah Gayle February 11, 2015 2x Ironman finisher and Kona hopeful Reply Kelly Williamson February 11, 2015 professional triathlete Reply Peter Roberts February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete. Reply Madeleine Cozine February 11, 2015 Multi-sport AG’er, teacher, supporting gender equality so my students can have lots more opportunities than I did – that’s how we develop talent and grow the sport! Reply Neil Hay February 11, 2015 Triathlete Not because it’s the right thing to do, because it’s right. Reply Ali Dolan February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete working towards pro. Reply Lisa Burlet February 11, 2015 Triathlete, cyclist, mom Reply Le mouvement s’amplifie pour la parité chez les pros femmes et homme. | Trimes.org February 11, 2015 […] Si vous souhaitez les soutenir, vous pouvez la signer ici. […] Reply Julie Sittlington February 11, 2015 Novice triathlete Reply Dottie Dorion February 11, 2015 The I.T.U. Women’s Committee implemented equality for women triathletes decades ago. Dr. Lori Cameron, Australia, Dr. Sarah Springman, Eng. myself, U.S.A., and several others from around the world were the “Movers and Shakers” to make this happen officially. Initially, the women has fewer slots at races compared with men, very unequal prizes and money and other inequities. In my senior years now, I cannot for the life of me understand why The Ironman has continued to discriminate against women in this pretigious race. We look forward to a long overdue postivie decision for equality for women in The Ironman. Reply Valerie Leggett February 11, 2015 Age Group Triathlete Reply Kath Hodgson February 11, 2015 Triathlete and Mum to a teenage girl who competed in her first triathlon in 2014. Reply Lisette caissie February 11, 2015 Long overdue! Reply stephanie brealey February 11, 2015 #thetimeisnow x1 Ironman Finisher training for my 2nd. Reply Helen Lathrope February 11, 2015 Long overdue – look forward to positive results! Newbie triathlete, training for my first on 40th birthday :) Reply Anonymous February 11, 2015 Justin Mohl Ag triathlete, 2x Ironman Reply Leslie Rejminiak February 11, 2015 Triathlete Reply Tim February 11, 2015 Age-grouper and 4x IM finisher Reply Sarah Jarvis February 11, 2015 Sarah Jarvis – Professional Triathlete Reply SarahBB February 11, 2015 Triathlete and believer in equal opportunity! Reply Michael Collins February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete Reply Melonie MacDonald February 11, 2015 Dentist, 4 X Ironman, 1X Kona Finisher, 1X 70.3 World’s Finisher, #LikeAGirl Reply Brian Lueb February 11, 2015 Average Ironman, believer in equality Reply Michael Groff February 11, 2015 Age Group Triathlete Reply Jim Jaworski February 11, 2015 Endurance athlete Reply Ryan McGrath February 11, 2015 Regular schmo. Reply erin klegstad February 11, 2015 thank you! 2x ironman finisher + writer Reply Kyle Kranz February 11, 2015 Ironman finisher Reply Heather February 11, 2015 Xterra and mountain bike competitor Reply Greg Karas February 11, 2015 Random age grouper, believer in fair play, understand why this is needed, confused because I thought it was 2015. Reply Michelle Vella Wood February 11, 2015 4 time Ironman finisher, new pro Reply Alison Keple February 11, 2015 Triathlete since 1995; multi-time IM and 70.3 finisher, and supporter of equality all around! Reply Brad S February 11, 2015 AG’er Reply Heather Low February 11, 2015 4X Ironman finisher, strong supporter of equality. Reply Bec Hoschke February 11, 2015 Professional Triathlete, Coach, IM & Half IM Champion Reply Bryan Cole February 11, 2015 Hack triathlete who enjoys the women’s race as much as the men’s in Kona. Reply Andrea MacDonald February 11, 2015 Age Group Triathlete Reply Maik Twelsiek February 11, 2015 Professional Triathlete 3 x Ironman Champ Reply Jennefer Francis February 11, 2015 Wife, Mum, lawyer, runner and occasional triathlete. I want my two daughters to know (and believe) that anything is possible. Reply Neil t - fat middle aged plodder February 11, 2015 men / women – should be equal Reply Palmira Alvarez February 11, 2015 Professional triathlete Reply Jennifer McGill February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete, mother, wife, lawyer…woman. Reply Jo Homer February 11, 2015 Mum to girls, 4x ironman finisher, co-founder of tri for me fitness – women’s only tri camps, coach, want to show my girls “Anything is Possible” #likeagirl Reply JOE AXISA February 11, 2015 Why should there be a different number of slots? A lot of the women are beating the male Pro athletes Reply Rachel Wasserman February 11, 2015 Psychologist, Triathlete, Coach Reply Suzanne Flannigan, PhD February 11, 2015 Suzanne Flannigan, PhD – age group triathlete, author and business owner with a blended family of 5 girls, 2 granddaughters and 5 grandsons. Equality is essential, and truly successful equality is embedded philosophically, culturally and generationally! Reply Jen Brown February 11, 2015 Proud coach. Age group athlete. Step-mother. Reply Amber Phillips February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete Reply Natasha van der merwe February 11, 2015 Professional Triathlete Reply Adam Campbell February 11, 2015 AG Triathlete, IM finisher Reply Katie Morales February 11, 2015 Professional Triathlete Reply Sam Vaught February 11, 2015 Every person male or female deserves an equal chance Reply mariana korder February 11, 2015 22 years triathlete Reply Sam Hartpence February 11, 2015 National Qualifier for USAT and XTERRA Triathlons Reply Matilda Waltzing Raynolds February 11, 2015 Aspiring professional athlete. #LikeAGirl Reply Kelley Hess February 11, 2015 PhD, 3x Kona Qualifier (2x finisher), 2x Xterra World Champs Qualifier (1x finisher) Reply Amelia Ostroff February 11, 2015 Age grouper, advertising and marketing professional Reply Fran Sur February 11, 2015 Triathlete, fitness coach, and your next best friend. Reply Lisa Pringle February 11, 2015 25 years in the business so many great steps forward but one basic element gone backwards. Change the direction. Reply Andrea Hopkin February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete. Kona finisher. Reply Marie Hughes February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete. 2x Ironman finisher. Reply Emma Garrard February 11, 2015 Pro triathlete, Xterra Champion, coach and mom. Reply Mary Beth Naumann February 11, 2015 Age group triathlete. Reply Damie Roberts February 11, 2015 Physical therapist, 3 x Ironman Finisher, Mother, Daughter, and Wife Reply Brian Maiorano February 11, 2015 Owner and Head Coach, Triathlon Lifestyle Coaching Reply Ed Myers February 11, 2015 Ironman triathlete and proud supportive dude. Reply Emma Snowsill February 11, 2015 Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion Reply Larissa McBride February 11, 2015 Wife, Mother and Age Group Triathlete Reply Rick Ellison February 11, 2015 AG, 7X IM, Collegiate Tri Coach. Working to change lives. Reply Kimberly Hurley February 11, 2015 Mother, Age group triathlete, Coach Reply Alison Dickson February 11, 2015 Age grouper since 1994… Ironman x 7 :O) Reply Crystal Bergeron February 11, 2015 Wife, mother, grandma in 3 months to a wee lass, and age group IM triathlete. Reply Tony West February 11, 2015 New to triathlon, strongly supported by wife and 2 daughters. I should not have to explain to my 2 daughters why they are being treated differently to boys. Reply Richard Schwartz February 11, 2015 AG, 3x Ironman #equality Reply Michael Bowen February 11, 2015 AG triathlete, event volunteer, blogger, supporter of all things progressive and all things endurance. Reply Lisa Smelser February 12, 2015 Support equality all the way! AG triathlete. Reply Jeremy Ryan February 12, 2015 Age-grouper and 4 x Ironman finisher. Reply Jameson Bull February 12, 2015 Member of the Challenge Triathlon Team Guy who knows right from wrong. Reply Cat Ellis February 12, 2015 age-group triathlete Reply Hayley Germack February 12, 2015 Age-Group Athlete Reply Kylie Waller February 12, 2015 Ironman Finisher, Age Group Triathlete, Mother Reply Todd Lippin February 12, 2015 Director of Breakaway Racing Team, Multisport Coach Reply Ryan Tarrant February 12, 2015 Age Grouper and President of T3 Philly Tri Club Reply Scott DeFilippis February 12, 2015 Professional Triathlete Reply Sommer Lohrentz February 12, 2015 Future Ironman Finisher Reply Tami Ritchie February 12, 2015 Professional triathlete Reply Steve Simonsen February 12, 2015 Father, husband, engineer, triathlete, 70.3 finisher. Reply Alessia Polemi February 12, 2015 Age-group triathlete, mom, engineer, supporter of gender equality Reply Cathleen Knutson February 12, 2015 Professional Triathlete and former D1 college athlete (thanks primarily to Title IX) Reply Fiona Thomas February 12, 2015 Age Grouper, Wife of an Ironman, Mother. As per an earlier post, I should not have to explain to my kids why one has more options than the other. Same training, same distances, SAME SPOTS AVAILABLE Ironman! Reply Elesa Wedemeyer February 12, 2015 40+ yo woman and mother of three–never a pro, but still enjoy a PR. Happy that I don’t have to race any race I don’t want to–plenty of those for us AGers to choose from. Speak with your $ people and walk away from IM until they pull their head out of their A$$. Have never done an IM branded race and won’t until 50/50. Pros can’t walk away, but we can. Sponsors: Back up your female athletes and pull your IM $! Reply Ericka Hachmeister February 12, 2015 Ericka Hachmeister, chemist, USAT AG National Champion Reply gwen touchais February 12, 2015 Age Grouper Reply Theresa Hill February 12, 2015 1x Ironman Finisher. Human. Reply Chris Ganter February 13, 2015 Professional Triathlete Reply Max Gaitan February 13, 2015 University of Virginia Triathlon Club, Vice President Training for first Ironman 70.3 Reply Shelby Hartmann February 13, 2015 2 Kona podiums; 6 Kona finishes Reply Heidi Etter February 13, 2015 Fan of Pro Female Triathlete Rachel Jastrebsky. Reply Elisha Cook February 13, 2015 Competitive age group triathlete w/9-years in triathlon, Ironman finisher, military officer & strong supporter of women’s equality and equal opportunities for all. Also a fan of pro female triathlete Rachel Jastrebsky :) Reply Samantha McKinnon February 13, 2015 Former youth elite triathlete, now building in cycling. Reply Jeffrey Parr February 13, 2015 Competitive AG triathlete, Ironman finisher, Coach, and Exercise Physiologist to Navy SEALs. Reply Malaika Homo February 13, 2015 Professional Triathlete Reply Jacob Bauer February 13, 2015 Physician, AG triathlete Reply Barry Lewis February 14, 2015 triathlete, coach, equal ops for all Reply Leah Jane February 15, 2015 Triathlon changed my life. It can change the life of anyone who participates. Reply Katie Tobin February 16, 2015 Triathlete, swim coach Reply Tricia Totten February 18, 2015 Amen Reply Brittany Breaux March 6, 2015 1x Ironman Finisher, Engineer Reply LISA RAE March 19, 2015 Sprint triathlete, phys ed teacher, mother of girls, lifelong swimmer Reply 50 Women to Kona, Mud, and Social Media and Rain ⋆ Swim Bike Mom March 23, 2015 […] “The disparate treatment of professional women at the very highest levels of the sport has a trickle-down effect on women of all ages and abilities. How can anyone, let alone a female triathlete, justify to her daughters, sisters and friends that “Anything is Possible” when opportunities for women are less possible than opportunities for men?” (Witsup.com / Source). […] Reply Maintaining our Tradition of Equality ‹ Witsup.com June 4, 2015 […] For the triathlon community as a whole, let us continue to see this issue for what it is. The pro women are being denied the same opportunity to race at the World Championships that is afforded their male counterparts. I hope we can all find the parts of ourselves that are willing to speak out, hit like, retweet or sign the letter here […] Reply Karen Haubensak July 20, 2015 AGer, mother, wife, professor. IM corporation — time to let go of your arguments against 50/50 (i.e., “35 represents a larger proportion of female pro pool than 50 does for the male pro pool” and “there’s not enough room on the pier”). There may have been some logic to the proportionality argument, but over time, that argument is not holding up against the “perception of equality” argument. Look at the list of names that penned the open letter. Pay attention to that and change your position. Move forward with the times we’re in!! Reply currently – sweet sweat life November 3, 2015 […] you haven’t signed the letter to the Women for Tri Board of Advisors yet, visit either Witsup or Women for Tri to do so. It’s 2015, people; let’s end gender inequality in the […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.