The Challenged Athletes Foundation has partnered with USA Paratriathlon to host the first Youth Paratriathlon Camp in San Diego, Calif.
The event, held Aug. 17 to 20, offers swimming, biking and running for athletes with physical challenges aged 12 years to 17 years, according to a press release.
The 3-day experience provided access to expert mentors, including USA Triathlon coaches and medalists. It also provides training sessions, body mechanic evaluations, equipment training, mentorship, historic education and networking opportunities for young athletes.
“It is important [that] we support young paratriathletes in their development by providing access to training and coaching,” Mark Sortino, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)’s senior programs manager and director of the CAF Elite Paratriathlon Team, said in the release. “Equipment and specialized training can be expensive, which is why we make it our mission to provide access to the resources athletes need to be successful.”
This year’s camp was provided free to 12 attendees thanks to a financial grant from the William H. Donner Foundation, according to the release.
CAF also announced that the adult Paratriathlon will have its inaugural inclusion at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.