Vancouver, Canada (28 February 2010) - Les McDonald, founding president of International Triathlon Union, was honoured with an Olympic Order on the final day of the 122nd IOC Session held during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in ITU's hometown of Vancouver. The Olympic Order is the highest award presented by the IOC and is given to individuals who demonstrate distinguished contributions to the Olympic Movement.
McDonald, who served as President of the ITU from its inception in 1989 until 2008, is largely credited with the inclusion of triathlon in the Olympic Programme, which made its debut at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
"Receiving Olympic Order is a tremendous honour and I would like to thank all of those who gave their support," McDonald said. "With this, and the election of ITU President Marisol Casado to the IOC, it has been a historical past few weeks for the sport."
ITU President Casado, who was elected as an IOC member in Vancouver on February 12, was on hand at the Session to congratulate her predecessor.
"On behalf of the ITU and the entire triathlon community I would like to congratulate Les for this honour. His tireless work ethic was vital in growing the sport of triathlon and on its inclusion in the Olympic Programme," Casado said. "We look forward to carrying this momentum through 2010 and beyond as we push for triathlon's continued growth, particularly among youth."
I never get tired of receiving notes from successful athletes. If you need a bit of inspiration, check out the note below.
Before you read, know that I think he’s mistaken. I believe it is 60-years young.
From: Iron Bob Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:23 PM To:Active Trainer Support Subject: event
Gale, Yes we did it!!! Thank you so much. Ironman Florida was great for me! With your help, I have progressed from Olympic distance to Ironman. All four trainings worked well for me.(Olympic, Half-Iron, Beginning Ironman, and 13 weeks to 13 hour Ironman) Next stop is Ironman France June 2010,and yes I will be using your training. 60 years old and ready for an Ironman. Thanks again, Iron Bob
Greetings Iron Bob ~
Thanks so much for dropping me a note. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know my plans help athletes achieve their dreams and goal events.
A huge congratulations to you!
I’m going to post this great note on my blog. (I’ll keep your e-mail address off for privacy purposes.)
You are certainly an inspiration to others that might have any hesitations about just going for it.