The International Triathlon (ITU) has announced that the reigning Olympic gold medalists, Emma Snowsill and Jan Frodeno, are the first triathletes to be named Laureus Ambassadors.
The two triathlon stars were officially welcomed to Laureus’ star-studded roster of Ambassadors and World Sports. Joining Snowsill and Frodeno today were Olympic legends Cathy Freeman, Dawn Fraser, Daley Thompson and Mick Doohan, five-time World Motorcycle Champion.
Emma Snowsill, 2008 Olympic gold medallist and three-time World Champion said: "Triathlon has come a long way in a short time and to be one of the first triathletes inducted as an ambassador for such an amazing foundation and an amazing cause is really an honour. To be involved with a very elite group of people and working towards some special projects it really is quite incredible."
Jan Frodeno, 2008 Olympic gold medallist said: "It’s always really impressed me to see what Laureus is doing. They take their time and effort to try and change things through sport and that’s what really impresses me and I’m very proud to be a part of this. It’s absolutely fantastic to see little kids getting energized by sport."
When Snowsill was asked if she had watched Freeman during the 2000 Olympic Games, she said: "Absolutely, I got goosebumps already just thinking about it! She’s obviously a huge Australian icon and Dawn Fraser and Mick Doohan, they’re all legends and for them to all come together for a cause like this and through so many diverse sports and through so many diverse projects and helping communities and children in so many different ways, I think it’s fantastic."
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is the official charity partner of the ITU.