IOC awards 16 triathletes Olympic Scholarships

Olympic Solidarity awards 16 triathletes "London 2012" Scholarships from World Programme funding, including Ireland's Aileen Morrison and Chile's Barbara Riveros Diaz

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A total 16 triathletes have been awarded "London 2012" Olympic Scholarships by the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity’s World Programme Fund. This is the largest number of awards in ITU’s history as an Olympic sport.
 
The recipients include eight men and eight women from National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that meet the Olympic Solidarity aims.?Olympic Solidarity aims to offer assistance to all NOCs, but in particular those with the greatest needs to allow them to develop their own structures to favour the expansion of sport in their countries.
 
Olympic Scholarships for Athletes "London 2012" is a key mission of the Olympic Solidarity programme in order to allow talented athletes to prepare for the London Summer Olympic Games.
 
The athletes nominated by Olympic Solidarity come from countries as diverse as Barbados, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Chile, Bermuda, Macedonia, Ireland, Costa Rica, Ukraine, Namibia, and Monaco. But they all have something in common in that they have been identified by their own NOCs as potential stars on the international triathlon scene.
 
Namibian Abrahm Louw is the youngest recipient at 18 years of age, but not necessarily the least experienced as he competed in the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last year. He finished 5th in the men’s race and is now aiming for London 2012.
 
While the goal for most of the athletes is to qualify for London, some of the triathletes can already be considered strong medal contenders. Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz established herself as one of the sport’s new stars when she beat Emma Moffatt in the opening round of the world championship series in Sydney last year. ?Ireland’s Aileen Morrison (pictured) also made the podium in the world championship series event in Hamburg in 2010. Her bronze medal was also the first ever elite podium for Ireland in an ITU event.
 
Libby Burrell, ITU Development Director, said:
"Sport development is all about athletes being given opportunities to maximise their potential. Olympic Solidarity Scholarships have made this possible in the past for many young triathletes and this year we will see the largest ever group of triathletes reap the benefits of this wonderful programme. The ITU is extremely grateful to Olympic Solidarity for recognising the triathletes nominated by their NOCs for these scholarships."
 
?A full list of the 16 athletes is below:??Jason WILSON (BAR), Vendula FRINTOVA (CZE), Elizabeth Maria BRAVO INIGUEZ (ECU), Elizabeth MAY (LUX), Ryan SISSONS (NZL), Richard VARGA (SVK), Helle FREDERIKSEN (DEN), Bárbara RIVEROS DIAZ (CHI), Tyler Barbour BUTTERFIELD (BER), Flora Jane DUFFY (BER), Stojan POPOVSKI (MKD), Aileen MORRISON (IRL), Leonardo CHACÓN CORRALES (CRC), Yuliya YELISTRATOVA (UKR), Abrahm LOUW (NAM), Hervé BANTI MON (MON).

For further information about the Olympic Solidarity, please click here to go to Olympic.org.

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