3x Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander, Olympic gold and silver medallist Simon Whitfield, 2x Ironman World Champion Erin Baker, and 11x Ironman champion Lisa Bentley, have been named as the captains for the International Team at The Collins Cup.
Inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup, The Collins Cup is a long-distance team competition among USA, Europe and the Internationals. Each team will consist of 12 professional triathletes, six men and six women.
These four captains join USA captains Dave Scott and Karen Smyers and European captains, Chrissie Wellington and Normann Stadler
“This will be a stunning competition,” said Erin Baker. I’m thrilled to be an International captain. Since the Collins Cup was first announced, I was excited to see this compelling forum and particularly the PTO’s commitment to our sport’s ethos of gender equality.
“Having men and women professional athletes competing together as a team once again puts on display the unique nature of triathlon’s position in the sporting world.”
Craig Alexander said: “It is a privilege to have been selected as one of the International Team Captains for the inaugural Collins Cup and to serve with Simon, Erin, and Lisa. The Collins Cup is an exciting new concept and with legendary Captains Dave Scott, Karen Smyers, Chrissie Wellington and Normann Stadler coming together to help lead today’s top athletes, it should be an epic event. It will be an incredible celebration of our sport, and I am excited and honoured to be a part of it.”