Global Triathlon Safety Task Force (GTSTF), is a body created by several National Federations and private organizers 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
  • Triathlon Chile
  • Ironman Corporation
  • French Triathlon Federation
  • Challenge Family
  • Egypt Triathlon Federation
  • Triathlon Brasil

The objective and the purpose of the GTSTF is:

  • Shift to a more holistic approach to reducing serious injuries and deaths;
  • Starting in 2021, host races 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 Community, a new series of webinars is taking place with an overall focus on safety and athletes in the sport.

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

  • 20 September 2022- Swim safety
  • 6 December 2022 - Athletes' responsibility to minimize risk
  • 23 May 2023 - Medical Operations Planning
  • 26 June 2024 - Addressing Air Pollution and Extremes in Air Temperature in Triathlons

20 September 2022 - Swim safety

PDF icon Swim Safety Introduction

PDF icon Swim Safety Presentation

Video icon Swim Safety Video

6 December 2022 - Athletes' responsibility to minimize risk

PDF icon Athletes' responsibility to minimize risk Introduction

PDF icon Athletes' responsibility to minimize risk Presentation

Video icon Athletes' responsibility to minimize risk Video

23 May 2023 - Medical Operations Planning

PDF icon Medical Operations Planning Introduction

PDF icon Medical Operations Planning Presentation

Video icon Medical Operations Planning Video

26 June 2024 - Addressing Air Pollution and Extremes in Air Temperature in Triathlons

Introduction:

Environmental factors are having a significant impact on hosting safe races throughout the world. The Global Triathlon Safety Task Force will be recording a webinar to discuss the science behind how air quality and extreme temperatures affects participants, and what can be implemented to minimize risk.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 8:00 AM (New York) 1400 (2:00 PM) CET

Link for Viewing Live: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8faxv5ZHS-CjGniurf19IQ

This webinar will be hosted on the World Triathlon Education Hub for viewing starting on Friday, June 28 at: https://education.triathlon.org/mod/page/view.php?id=10899

The six panelists participating in this webinar all have significant experience in dealing with weather related issues and will share important insights on dealing with these challenges:

  • Paolo Emilio, Medical Manager, World Athletes
    • A review of the science behind how air pollution and temperature impact races
  • Ben Stephenson, Physiologist and performance lead with UK Sports Institute and Vicky Tolfrey, Professor of Applied Disability Sports, Loughborough University
    • The impact on athletes on air quality and temperature in races.
  • Yannis Pitsiladis, Professor of Sports and Exercise Science, Hong Kong Baptist University
    • New technology for tracking athletes’ vital signs during the race in real-time
  • TK Miller, Global Medical Advisory Board Chair, The Ironman Group
    • How race organizers can mitigate the risk of challenges created by uncontrollable climate factors.
  • Thanos Nikopoulos, Head of Operations, World Triathlon
    • Specific rules for air quality and temperature extremes for World Triathlon events