Global Triathlon Safety Task Force

Global Triathlon Safety Task Force (GTSTF), is a body created by several National Federations with the mission of:

  • Save One Life (for starters);
  • Reduce Fatalities and Serious Injuries;
  • Focus on helping National Federations and race directors host races during the current health crisis.

Members of the GTFT are:

  • World Triathlon – Sports Department and Medical Committee
  • USA Triathlon
  • Japan Triathlon Union
  • Triathlon Australia
  • British Triathlon Federation
  • Spanish Triathlon Federation
  • Triathlon South Africa
  • Mexico Triathlon
  • Triathlon Singapore
  • Ironman Corporation

The objective and the purpose of the GTSTF is:

  • Shift to a more holistic approach to reducing serious injuries and deaths;
  • Host races in 2021 that are safe for athletes, volunteers, race officials, spectators, and the hosting community.

The charge of the task force is to:

  • Develop data-driven solutions with practical applications based on the ongoing collection of current and historic data;
  • Education of race directors, participants, coaches, clubs, officials, and volunteers;
  • Share best practices related to safety across race directors and governing federations worldwide.

As part of their effort to educate the Triathlon World, a new series of four webinars will take place with the overall focus on safety and athletes in the sport.

The dates and topics of the four webinars are as follows:

  • 20 September - Swim safety
  • Date TBC - Athletes' responsibility to minimize risk
  • Date TBC - Medical Operations Planning
  • Date TBC - Event risk assessment

The first discussion on swim safety will be moderated by GTSTF Chair Mike Wien and the panel members are as follows:

  • Martin Suzan - Swim Safety United Kingdom
  • Delphine Fong - Director of Sport Safety at Sport Singapore
  • Toby Keegan - Race director for Ironman, soon to be at Triathlon Australia
  • Mike Unger - Senior Consultant, FINA
  • Thanos Nikopoulos - Head of Operations at World Triathlon

The three main topics to be covered in the webinar will be

  1. Event set up
  2. Running of the event
  3. Education of athletes to share responsibility

20 September - Swim safety

PDF icon Swim Safety Presentation