COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado. – Megan Ritch (Colorado Springs, Colorado) has been appointed to the Global Triathlon Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission and Kristina Mena (El Paso, Texas) has been appointed to the Global Triathlon Sustainability Commission triathlon, USA Triathlon announced today.
With Ritch and Mena’s respective appointments to the two World Triathlon Commissions, the United States has 10 members holding positions on the World Triathlon Executive Council, Committees, Commissions and Tribunal – the most of any nation. The United States also leads all nations with six committee members and seven women in leadership positions.
USA Triathlon’s Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access, Ritch, oversees USA Triathlon’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts as well as women’s engagement in sports in the United States. Ritch focuses on empowering, exposing, educating and engaging the multi-sport community to drive real change in their respective local communities.
She designed USA Triathlon’s Together, We Thrive initiative with the goal of embedding diversity, equity, inclusion and access into all areas of USA Triathlon and keeping it at the forefront of the multi-sport community. In October 2021, the initiative received the annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Choice Award from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the fourth time the organization has been honored by the USOPC for its diversity efforts and of inclusion since 2017.
Ritch joins World Triathlon’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commission, whose mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in World Triathlon and make leadership roles within World Triathlon accessible to all .
Mena, dean of the El Paso campus at UTHealth School of Public Health, joins the World Triathlon Sustainability Commission, which launched in 2020 and is tasked with creating a detailed pathway for greater environmental consideration. in all policies between stakeholders and local organizing committees.
A pioneer in the preservation and reuse of water resources and a prominent advocate for the protection of public health, Mena focuses on helping underserved and underrepresented populations, sharing resources, and improving sustainability efforts. already underway in the multi-sport community. In 2016, Mena conducted a water quality human health risk assessment at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
United States representatives on the Executive Board, Committees, Commissions and Tribunals of World Triathlon:
• World Triathlon Executive Committee: Gabriela Gallegos (El Paso, Texas)
• Athletes’ Committee: Allysa Seely (Glendale, Arizona) – is also the Athletes’ Committee representative on the World Triathlon Board of Directors
• Legal and Constitutional Committee: Gale Bernhardt (Loveland, Colorado)
• Audit Committee: Victoria Brumfield (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
• Medical and Anti-Doping Committee: Dr. Doug Hiller (Colfax, Washington)
• Paratriathlon Committee: Christine Palmquist (Geneva, Illinois)
• Multisport Committee: Tim Yount (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
• Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission: Megan Ritch (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
• Sustainable Development Commission: Kristina Mena (El Paso, Texas)
• World Triathlon Tribunal: Judge Jones (Orleans, Mass.)
Visit triathlon.org for more information on its committees, commissions and tribunal.
About the American Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to be the national governing body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, all-terrain triathlon, paratriathlon, and indoor and outdoor multisport events. virtual in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions over 4,000 events and connects with over 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multi-sport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the local level with athletes, coaches and race directors – as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation – USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing in international events, including Championships Triathlon World Championships, the Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).