As expected, the Professional Triathlon Association (PROTA) has announced that it will now be accepting international members in order to provide a united front when working with other organizations, such as the WTC. The announcement comes days after the WTC sent an email to professionals asking for feedback on proposed changes on the way professionals qualify for championship races and receive prize money.
See the press release from PROTA below:
Over three hundred and fifty professional triathletes and duathletes have joined together to form the Professional Triathlon Association (PROTA), a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and representation of professional multi-sport athletes. PROTA was formed to expand the quality and quantity of competitions and sponsorships, establish and maintain standards of ethical behavior and safety in the sport, and offer professional development guidelines.
PROTA will work with other triathlon organizations including World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU)* to advocate for professional triathletes and their potential concerns.
“PROTA is for every professional multi-sport athlete,” said PROTA Board President, race director and triathlete Mike Greer. “Our goal is to create a sense of community and speak with one voice. Athletes often fail to understand that our differences such as discipline, language, or rookie vs. veteran are just not significant compared to the challenges that face the pro athlete today.” Greer added.
The following Board of Directors was nominated and elected by the professional members of USA Triathlon.
Mike Greer, President
Jarrod Shoemaker, Vice President
Rebeccah Wassner, CPA, Treasurer
Christopher Tremonte, Secretary
Membership for all international professional triathletes will soon be open at Protriathlon.org