Springman re-elected as Vice-President of the International Triathlon UnionSubscribe
UK Sport 29 October 2012
Dr Sarah Springman CBE, has successfully been re-elected as Vice-President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) for a four year term at the ITU Congress held in Auckland, New Zealand on 23 October.
The ITU’s annual meeting gathered 109 nations and also resulted in the re-elected Marisol Casado from Spain for a second four year term as ITU President. Springman, who is also President of the British Triathlon, received 108 votes out of maximum number of 120, more than any other nominated candidate at the meeting.
Springman is one of the UK’s most senior representatives in international sport and has a significant history of working with international triathlon at various levels. A key objective of British Triathlon’s international influence strategy is to ensure it contributes to ITU decisions and has a voice with key Committees. British Triathlon’s international relations strategy is funded by UK Sport.
Springman said: “It is essential that British Triathlon plays its part in how triathlon is governed and administered internationally so that we can act as an influential nation within our sport. I am delighted to be elected for another four years as Vice President and to continue the work that has already been started, while our other three candidates for ITU Committees were also elected with resounding support.
“We have shown that Great Britain can produce world class athletes with our Olympic and World Championship success, and deliver world class events with the ITU World Series event at London's Hyde Park. We are extremely grateful for the continued support from UK Sport to fund our international relations strategy; this investment helps our representatives to contribute and govern how the sport is run globally at all levels."
The other three British candidates elected were Chris Kitchen (Multisport), Howard Vine (Technical) and Ben Bright (Coaches). The next ITU Congress will be held in London during the World Triathlon Grand Final in September 2013.
Triathlon was not the only sport to have British officials successfully elected onto its governing boards last week. The International Federations of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) and Gymnastics (FIG) also held their congresses and elections. Martin Dawe was successfully elected onto the Executive Board of UIPM as Chair of the Marketing Committee whilst Brian Stocks was elected onto the Council of FIG. Both Pentathlon GB and British Gymnastics have international influence relations supported by UK Sport.