Message from you Chair
We are pleased to announce the First Class of 2017 for induction in the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame. Hector L Torres, chair of the USA Triathlon Florida Region, says, “If we were to review the goals and purposes of the Hall of Fame, these four individuals would meet the criteria”. The 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner is going to be held this Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Hampton Inn in Coconut Creek, FL. If you are interested in attending, we only have a few seats left. You can attend by registering at: Click Here .
About the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame of 2017 Inductees:
In 1998, Jennifer completed her first triathlon to better relate to the triathletes who were coming to her for sports nutrition guidance. Little did she know that her career as a Registered Dietitian would turn her new-found passion of triathlon into a full-time career as a professional multisport coach.
Jennifer has been USAT certified since 2000. She is one of 20 to hold the highest USAT Level 3 Elite Coaching License and was one of the first USAT Youth/Junior Certified Coaches. Jennifer works with competitive age group and elite/ professional athletes through her business Ironclad Coaching and is very passionate about youth/junior and U23 athlete development. As a coach, Jennifer has an exceptional track record producing five individual Collegiate National Champion titles (three are University of Florida graduates), the 1st Women’s NCAA Triathlon Champion, a Junior National Champion, U23 National Champions, ITU Junior World Championship Silver medalist and a World Cup Champion. Jennifer is a founder and head coach for the junior high-performance team Triton Elite Multisport and based on her success in the 2014 season was selected a recipient of the United States Olympic Committee’s Developmental Coach of the Year.
Fred has been involved in race directing and sports promotion in the Tampa Bay area for over 35 years. He turned to the sport of triathlon by doing an event in 1981 in San Diego. He has produced over 300 events from 5k’s to ultra’s and from triathlons, to duathlons and adventure runs. He has worked with World Triathlon Corporation and North American Ironman producing events at different venues all over the United States.
He is an experienced race director that started and produced many events including such triathlons as the Escape from Ft De Soto, Top Gun and the Suncoast Triathlon. He has also produced over 100 5k events in the Tampa Bay Area. He is a certified race director with USAT. He believes the operations of his events are the key to their success and produces every event with that in mind. “You’re only as good as your last event.”
In 1976-77 Jim Fixx’s “The Complete Book of Running” was published and America started running and so did Norm. He ran in numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, and ran his first marathon in 1984 and got his first taste of endurance sports. Norm relocated to Florida in 1986, and Mike Plant’s book, “Iron Will” resurrected thoughts of the 1982 Hawaii Ironman telecast. Norm went on to complete his first sprint triathlon in 1987 and over the years moved on to longer triathlons and completed his first Ironman distance event in 1994 in Clermont.
In early 2000, the sport of triathlon helped him recover more quickly from a cancer diagnosis and treatment than he believes he would have without the sport. He has been honored to have been accepted into the USAT Century Club in 2016 (document to have completed 100 tris). He earned an invitation to the USAT Age Group Nationals (Omaha) in 2015 and 2016, as well as in 2016 earned his way into the World Long Course Championship in Penticton, Canada by way of a top 10 AG finish at the Miami Man Long Course National Championship.
Norm is a US Masters Swimming Adult Learn to Swim Certified Instructor and a Triathlon Council Coordinator for Diversity in Aquatics. He is a Brand Ambassador for Special Compass which assists differently abled athletes to experience the joy of running (pushed), cycling (pulled behind bike, swimming (towed in raft) and adventure racing. Norm is also National Ambassador for the Black Triathletes Association.