ITU congress 2016

December 12th, 2016 by


Attending the ITU Congress in Madrid was my first visit to this “other side” of sport. 

Still being active I find it very interesting to see the whole picture and what is happening behind the scenes to make our sport, and the World Triathlon Series happen. The main purpose of my visit was a meeting with the Athlete Committee on the Saturday morning. Being there it made sense to attend the Congress (and the pre congress…) to understand and learn about the process and how the governance of the sport works.

It’s been a while since I consumed so many cups of coffee and did that kind of amount of sitting. My meeting endurance is not great but it for sure got a good workout over the weekend.

From a Swedish point of view I was delighted to see Ria Damgren being voted in as a vice president (one out of four) and of course also Marisol Casado being re-elected for another term. The president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, was there to congratulate her.

Marisol Casado being elected at the ITU Congress

The Athlete Committee meeting was very interesting and it’s an important part of our sport. I really appreciate how the ITU wants to hear our voice and listens to what we have to say. On site in Madrid was Jess Harrison, Rachel Klamer, Ai Ueda, Clair Cunningham, Tamas Toth, Francisco Serrano, Yannic Bourseaux and myself. Being a young sport still developing there are quite a few things we needed to discuss. Hopefully we can be a positive part of that progression.

All in all it was a very interesting weekend and I found myself exhausted on the plane back to Stockholm.

Funny how fitness (from training) translates so poorly into meeting rooms and auditoriums.

Lisa Norden Francisco Serrano and Ai Ueda in Madrid