European Triathlon Union (ETU)
Minutes of the Congress 2008
9 May 2008, Lisbon, Portugal
Call to order: Gergely Markus, ETU Secretary General called the meeting to
order at 11:00 am with the following National Federations.
28 full members present:
5. Czech Republic
10. Great Britain
17. The Netherlands
1. Opening address and welcome:
Jose Luis Ferrara welcomed the delegates on behalf of the Portuguese National
Federation wishing the delegates to enjoy their stay in Portugal and Lisbon. He
mentioned that this congress gave the opportunity in the development of the
sport in Europe. The ETU President thanked the Jose Luis Ferrara for the welcome
words and expressed that ETU feel at home in Lisbon. Marisol Casado also
thanked the big effort of the Portuguese Triathlon Federation for hosting the
European Championships. It was a new form of Congress with giving the
opportunity to the delegates for free debates.
2. Admission and/or resignation of National Federations:
Jasmine Flatters as one of the credentials, confirmed that the above national
federations were present and the Congress was within the requirements of a
Gergely Markus reported that there is one new federation since Copenhagen,
since the last Congress, which is Montenegro.
3. Appointment of credentials and scrutinizers:
Eugene Kraus from Luxembourg and Ria Damgren from Sweden were appointed as
scrutinizers for the term of the ETU Congress without opposition.
4. Confirmation of the minutes of the preceding Congress:
There were no request to make any further changes in the minutes of the 2007
ETU Congress other than the spelling mistakes raised by the British Triathlon
Federation and it was accepted without opposition.
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5. President’s report:
Marisol Casado reported her role in the ETU Executive Board as a team. There are
three important things which ETU is in a good way. The ETU Executive Board was
really working as a team; the only job of the president was to coordinate the
work and the debates. The number of the affiliated countries was growing to 40
countries, which is the highest in the history of ETU. The interest of the European
Cups and the Championships from the point of view of the Local Organising
Committees, athletes and the National Federations are growing. It is very
important to develop the young athletes. The 60% of the athletes in Beijing will
be from Europe. It was important that the technical level of the European
Technical Delegates is very high. The performance of the European athletes is
outstanding on World Championships level. What ETU needs is more money. The
base of this is the TV, where ETU made a good investment in the past, but not
successful to transmit this to the marketing area. There is a good product, which
is ready therefore ETU need a push to get a real benefit of this.
The President report was accepted without opposition.
6. Secretary General’s report:
The Secretary General report was presented in package of the delegates and can
be found as „Appendix A”. Furthermore Gergely Markus thanked the work of the
The Secretary General’s report was accepted without opposition.
7. Treasurer’s report:
Philip Schaedler thanked the National Federations for all the commitment. 2007
was not an easy year. It is a relation of trust that ETU spend the money the best
The report, the balance sheet and the budget was distributed before the Congress
and can be found in the „Appendix B” of the minutes. The treasurer gave a
summary of his report and explained the budget.
Emil Stoynev from the Bulgarian Triathlon Federation mentioned that the ETU
Executive Board was so engaged with the development of the sport. He suggested
the ETU Executive Board concentrate on marketing and sponsorship this year and
next year. He offered his assistance on this work.
Zara Hyde Peters from the British Triathlon Federation congratulated the ETU
Executive Board for the control of the finances in the last two years. She
questioned the budgeted 50.000 Euros for the TV production in 2009 without any
prediction of sponsorship. The question was if there is any plan in place to find
sponsorship. Philip Schaedler answered that he agrees this point and the ETU
Executive Board aware of this problem keeping the control over the expenses.
Emilio Di Toro added that the ETU Executive Board is not the right body find the
sponsors, but to find an external company for this job. He added that packages
were prepared based on the percentages ETU has the right on the events, which
has to be improved.
Sarah Springman from the British Triathlon Federation mentioned that if ETU will
contract a marketing company that is not reflected in the budget, therefore the
Congress is not in position to approve that. Needs more explanation on how the
cost of the marketing company will be paid from the budget. She also mentioned
that the prize money is not included in the budget and she was proposing to bring
it back in the future as bank charges are cost related to the prize money. In case
of sponsorship the cost of activation is significant, which has to be considered.
Emilio Di Toro answered that the marketing company will get the percentage and
not a fixed fee.
Philip Schaedler answered that the prize money is in the balance sheet as this is
money coming in and out. It is a service from ETU to the athletes to guarantee
the prize money via ETU.
Sarah Springman outlined that if the prize money is not in the profit and loss
account it does not reflect the job ETU is doing in this area. It is a good work
which should be communicated also this way.
Philip Schaedler answered that the ETU Executive Board will think about this
proposal to satisfy the request.
The Treasurer’s report and the budget were accepted without opposition.
8. Audit report:
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Denis Jaeger reported on behalf of the Audit Committee elected in Copenhagen in
2007. The Audit Committee reviewed the profit and loss account as well as the
balance sheet prepared by the ETU Treasurer, Philip Schaedler for 2007. The
committee checked on test basis the above mentioned two documents. The ETU
Treasurer provided all the necessary documents for this work and can be
confirmed that it gives a true view of the financial situation of the European
Triathlon Union. Philip Schaedler did a good job.
The Audit Committee gave a recommendation by Herwig Grabner to the ETU
Executive Board concerning the prize money payment to the athletes. The prize
money is paid by cash or bank transfer or cheques. In case of cheque payment
the bank charges are very high. The Audit Committee recommends sending the
money from ETU to the National Federations and making agreements one by one
if it is possible for all the National Federations.
Philip Schaedler answered that it is possible by informing ETU in some way. It is
a problem for the eastern it is not easy to receive the money neither by cheque
or bank transfers. ETU would like to solve this problem together with the National
The Audit report was accepted without opposition.
9. Report from the Executive Board:
Jasmine Flatters made a positive report on behalf of the ETU Executive Board
members. There were three ETU Executive Board meeting since the last ETU
Congress including the day before in Lisbon. It is a united board as a team, but
that does not meant that there is no debate on the meetings, searching for the
best possible solutions. The ETU EB was concentration on the events. The TV had
a good quality program. There is a delay in the work of marketing, which will be
kept in the focus. There was a new initiative of the National Federation’s Forum.
Susanne Mortier from the German Triathlon Federation asked about the vacant
position of the ETU Vice-President.
Marisol Casado asked the internal situation to be explained within the German
Susanne Mortier reported that Klaus Muller-Ott is not present due to an internal
situation within DTU. It was a decision by the DTU Congress that there has to be
a new election within DTU. Klaus Muller-Ott was not re-elected. A new president
has been elected legally. Klaus Muller-Ott was the member of the ITU Executive
Board and the Vice-President of ETU. The ETU Constitution is not specifying the
situation if an elected member is not supported any more within ETU.
Marisol Casado answered that this is the first time that she hears officially that
Klaus Muller-Ott is not supported any more by DTU. Klaus Muller-Ott was
contacted by the ETU President by phone and he confirmed that he resigns from
all his international position but there was no written confirmation received so
far. As soon as it is received the ETU Executive Board will make a decision
according to the constitution.
The Executive Board members’ report was accepted without opposition.
10. Report of the Sanding Committees:
a. Technical Committee: Eugene Kraus reported as in „Appendix C”.
The Technical Committee report was accepted without opposition.
b. Development Committee: Rob Barel presented the report of Thanos
Nikopoulos as in „Appendix D”. He also thanked the work of Clive Faine
who resigned from the position of the ETU Development Committee. It was
discussed earlier how the sub-regional events can be supported in a better
way in the future.
The Development Committee report was accepted without opposition.
c. Medical & Research Committee: Veronicka Vleck submitted the report as
in „Appendix E”.
The Medical and Research Committee report was accepted without
11. Resolutions to Congress:
British Triathlon Federation respectfully submits:
a. Resolution 1
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Whereas the International Triathlon Union has supported the development of
triathlon for Athletes With A Disability (AWAD) and has declared their
commitment to develop Triathlon to be included as a Paralympic event, while
necessarily increasing participation of the athletes with a disability in Triathlon,
whereas the International Paralympic Committee requires evidence of numbers of
countries and regions holding elite AWAD Championship events consistently on an
annual basis, in addition to annual ITU World AWAD Championships,
whereas European Paralympians have been hugely successful in the constituent
disciplines of triathlon in past Paralympic Games and that the Medal Tally in
Athens in 2004 showed 10 European countries in the top 20 places,
whereas some European National Federations are now holding National AWAD
Triathlon Championships over the Standard Distance,
and whereas the European Triathlon Union has called for bids for future AWAD
events across all the multisport disciplines over all distances in their 2011 Bid
Criteria and some distances in their 2009 Bid Criteria,
be it resolved that the European Triathlon Union create a representative AWAD
Commission and appoint members to work closely with the ITU AWAD Committee,
to aid the ETU in the delivery of AWAD events and lead the sharing of knowledge
and experience on all aspects from recruitment to racing,
and that ETU commits to open a bidding process for an ETU European AWAD
Standard Distance Championships for the following season 2009,
and that European National Federations share experience in AWAD and commit to
aiding their fellow National Federations.
The Resolution 1 was supported without opposition.
b. Resolution 2
Whereas the ETU Constitution (no Article) differs from the ITU Constitution
(Article 5.3i) on the matter of notification of Congress including the agenda ‘by
electronic and ordinary mail at least 100 days before Congress’,
Whereas the intention of this Article is to provide sufficient warning for National
Federations to enact the correct principles of governance by offering them
sufficient time for consultation and decision making, according to their own
constitutions, prior to contributing resolutions and nominations to Congress,
Be it resolved that the ETU Constitution is amended by 2/3 majority to read ‘ETU
will notify all member NFs, the Board of Directors, Honorary Members and
Standing Committees, of the ETU Congress Agenda by electronic and ordinary
mail, at least 100 days before Congress’ forthwith.
The Resolution 2 was supported with 1 abstention.
Representatives of the Athlone 2010 Triathlon European Championships made a
presentation on the bid and the Executive Board awarded the Championships
based on a positive technical report later in the year.
Holten 2009 Triathlon European Championships was awarded by the Executive
Board and representatives made a presentation to the Congress.
Ameland 2008 Cross Triathlon European Championships was awarded by the
Executive Board and representative made a presentation to the Congress.
Pulpi 2008 U23 and Youth Triathlon European Championships was awarded by the
Executive Board and representative made a presentation to the Congress.
12. Elections: The following elections were conducted.
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a. Audit Committee for one year period:
i. Denis Jaeger (France) – elected
ii. Herwig Grabner (Austria) – elected
iii. Aldo Lucarini (Italy) – elected
13. Dates and venues of the 2009 European Championships:
George Yerolimpos from the Hellenic Triathlon Federation made a report on the
upcoming 2008 Serres ETU Duathlon European Championships.
Henk van Lint from the Dutch Triathlon Federation made a report on the
upcoming 2008 Ameland ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships and the
2008 Almere ITU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships. Martin Pieters
made a presentation and report on the upcoming 2009 Holten ETU Triathlon
Tarzo Revine 2009 U23 and Youth Triathlon European Championships was awarded
by the Executive Board. The date will be decided in a later stage.
Prague 2009 Long Distance Triathlon European Championships was awarded by
the Executive Board. The date will be decided in a later stage.
Budapest 2009 Duathlon European Championships was awarded by the Executive
Board and representatives made a presentation to the Congress. The date will be
the last weekend of May.
Sardinia 2009 Cross Triathlon European Championships was awarded by the
Executive Board and representative made a presentation to the Congress.
The 2009 Winter Triathlon European Championships was awarded earlier to Latky
The 2010 ETU Triathlon European Championships was awarded in 2007 to Athlone,
The 2011 ETU Triathlon European Championships was not awarded to Karlovy
Vary, but it will be decided in a later stage.
14. Date and Venue of the next Congress:
The 2009 ETU Congress will be in Holten, Netherlands. The date will be confirmed
President Marisol Casado announced that she will run for the position of the ITU
President. She expressed her good will to everyone and the importance of having
unity in the region.
Minutes recorded by Gergely Markus, ETU Secretary General.
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Appendix A: Secretary General’s report
ETU SECRETARY GENERAL REPORT
Herewith please read my report which reflects on my activities since the last ETU
Congress held in Copenhagen, Denmark. All of these works was done with the
assistance of Zita Csovelyak.
a. Managed the ETU Headquarters from Budapest, Hungary with the financial
help of ITU.
b. Prepared the minutes of the 2007 ETU Congress and sent to the National
Federations and published on the ETU website
c. Close contact with ETU National Federations, Board and Committee
members and Local Organising Committees
d. Prepared the following ETU Executive Board meetings including travel,
accommodation, agenda, minutes
i. Madrid, Spain – November 2007
ii. Rome, Italy – March 2008
e. Regularly updating the database of ETU NFs, LOCs, athletes
f. Handling all correspondence on behalf of ETU on numerous topics
g. Update and maintaining the ETU website in co-operation with ITU Online
h. Organising the 2008 Federation Forum and the Annual Congress
a. Co-ordination of all the administrative work for ETU Events such as
i. Bid packages
iv. Event details for the ETU website
v. Media releases for the ETU website
vi. Picture galleries for the ETU website as well as high-resolution
vii. Logistic work of the branding materials and medals
viii. Link the work of the Technical Delegates and Local Organising
3. Media and Television
a. ETU Television show produced in house
i. 2006: 6 shows – 26 minutes each
1. Triathlon European Championships
2. Premium European Cups
ii. 2008: 5 shows – 26 minutes each
1. Premium European Cups
b. Live Coverage from the Triathlon European Championships in cooperation
with ITU Team
c. Updates on www.etu-triathlon.org within 24 hours (most cases within a few
hours) after the events finish with story, photos and results
ETU Secretary General
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Appendix B: Treasurer’s report
ETU TREASURER’S REPORT TO ORDINARY CONGRESS 2007
Financial year 2007
Affiliation of National Federations (NFs): 40 (2006: 32) NFs were affiliated to ETU in
2007 which is a all time record. It is also showing the increasing commitment of the NFs
towards ETU. Nevertheless there are still some countries left in Europe which the
Executive Board would like to see being affiliated to ETU in the future.
Events: Event fees paid were EUR 51'990 excluding the pool prize money (EUR 20'000).
TV/Media: The Executive Board is of the opinion that TV coverage of the Premium
European Cup races is not only adding substantial value to our top-events but also is
important for the growth and popularity of the sport throughout Europe. The costs of TV
coverage and its distribution in 2007 amounted to EUR 48'409.34 (2006: EUR
56'958.73) which exceeds our TV/media-fee-income (EUR 20'000).
ITU: There are no ITU sanction fees for European events in the ITU calendar. The ETU
office is shared with the ITU European office in Budapest which helps us keeping our
office costs at a fixed level. The work of the General Secretary is reimbursed through a
service contract with a lump sum of EUR 13'200 per year.
Prize Money: ETU paid out the European Cup 2007 overall prize money of EUR 20'000
and prize money of the following competitions: EC Cross-Triathlon Ibiza, ETU Premium
Cup San Remo, EC Duathlon Edinburgh, EC Tri LD Brasschaat, EC Tri Copehagen, ETU
Cup Schliersee, ETU Premium Cup Kedzierzyn Kozle, ETU Cup Split. The total prize
money paid out in 2007 was EUR 268'370 (2600: EUR 133’300) which is the double of
last year. This resulted in higher bank charges. This year all 2007 prize money
payments were booked through the creditor account in order to avoid blowing up the
profit and loss account. We reached our goal of a faster prize money pay-out in
delivering the prize money at all European Championships on spot and the overall ETU
Cup prize money being paid out right after the last Cup race.
Signage and medals: The production of new banners, ribbons, stickers and medals with
our new logo amounted to EUR 14'709.73.
Sponsorship: No sponsorship was acquired in 2007.
Balance sheet statement as at December 31, 2007:
ETU’s net assets as at 31.12.2007 amounted to EUR 59'035.46 which is a decrease of
EUR 21'315.58 reflecting the deficit in the financial year 2007. Debtor positions
decreased due to write-offs and debt-payments to EUR 22'200 and creditor positions
(prize money) being reduced to EUR 18'795.32.
Profit and Loss statement 1.1.2007 – 31.12.2007:
The deficit of EUR 21'315.58 mainly arose from higher costs like for example bad debt
losses (EUR 8'500.08) and reduced TV fees (EUR 2'000) and less income (no ITU grant),
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Balance sheet as at December 31, 2007 in €
office equipment 1.00
trade debtors a) 21'700.00
debtors- affiliation fee b) 500.00
bank Barclays – Euro 21'694.05
bank Barclays – GBP 836.24
bank UBS – Euro 31'985.48
bank UBS - CHF 1'114.01
sundry creditors c) -1'665.32
creditors – prize money disbursed d) -17'130.00
Total Net Assets 59'035.46
funds brought forward 1.1.2007 80'351.04
surplus/deficit in period 1.1.07-31.12.07 -21'315.58
a) trade debtors 21'700.00
event fee Pula 05 1'000.00
event fee Erdek 05 1'500.00
TV fee Holten 05 1'000.00
event fee Witri Triesenberg 07 200.00
event fee ETU Cup Geneva 07 4'500.00
event fee ETU Cup Schliersee 07 4'500.00
event fee ETU Cup Split 07 4'500.00
TV Fee Holten ETU Cup 07 4'500.00
b) debtors - affiliation fees 500.00
AF 07 Gibraltar 500.00
c) sundry creditors 1'665.32
prize money other 1'665.32
d) creditors - prize money 17'130.00
EC Autun 06 (Müller, Dittmer) 4'800.00
San Remo 07 (Jan van Berkel) 500.00
Schliersee 07 550.00
Copenhagen 07 (M. Dillon) 1'505.00
Kuopio U23 EC 1'500.00
Split 07 2'950.00
Kedzierzyn Kozle 07 1'125.00
ETU Cup 07 Overall Ranking 4‘200.00
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Income and Expenditures Account 1.1.2007 to 31.12.2007
affiliation fees 20'252.61
event fees (excl. ETU Cup pool prize money) 51'990.00
tv & media fees 20’000.00
Other income 94.00
Subtotal Income 92'336.61
executive board - meetings -6'891.74
executive board – other expenses -1’035.84
salaries & office costs -13'200.00
postage & stationary -1'225.28
office equipment -1'276.64
office - travel costs -917.87
technical committee -2'278.35
development committee -979.36
medical committee -881.16
prize money disbursed -8'325.00
tv & media costs -48'409.34
medals and awards -5'126.73
sundry expenses -1'390.24
bank charges -2'153.22
bad debt loss e) -8'500.08
subtotal Expenditures -113'652.19
surplus /deficit in period -21'315.58
e) bad debt loss 8'500.08
Säter event fee 05 - default 3'000.00
AF 06 - default 2'500.00
correction booking 0.08
Event Fee Rijeka 06 - 1'000.00
TV Fee Holten 05 - default 2'000.00
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ETU will continue supporting tv production at major premium events in 2008 in order
to adding value to those events and reaching more people with images of our sports’
highlights. Nevertheless we must have feedback in terms of figures in order to be able
to judge our investment return. In view of the gap between media costs and fees
generated, we have to think about reducing this gap.
Our efforts to find sponsorship must continue in order to be successful. Only through
sponsorship we are able to be more professional in all our efforts and being able to add
more value to our affiliated NFs.
Solidarity and reliability of our affiliated NFs and event organisers towards ETU’s
constitution and terms of business are very important to fulfill our duties and work on
our visions for the future of our sport.
Our main focus in 2008 is to
• strengthen our financial base
• find sponsorship
• support tv production at premium events
• keep prize money purse at highest level possible
• pay out the prize money due as fast as possible to our athletes
Finally I want to thank all people within the NFs who committed to the success and good
image of our sport in Europe by living up to the values which help us also to fulfil our
financial obligations which is vital when we are setting the ground for our future
Vaduz, 27. April 2008
Philip E. C. Schädler
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Appendix C: Technical Committee report
ETU TECHNICAL COMMITTEE REPORT 2007-2008
The composition of the ETU Technical Committee:
Eugène KRAUS, LUX chair, Isabelle GAUTHERON,FRA, Paul GROVES, GBR, Helmut
MENGER, GER, Enrique QUESADA, ESP, Béla VARGA, HUN, members, Isabelle
GAUTHERON, FRA, women’s representative. Jasmine FLATTERS, GBR, ETU Executive
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007
The European Championships took place:
ETU Winter Triathlon Championships TRIESENBERG-STEG, Liechtenstein
ETU Cross Triathlon Championships IBIZA, Spain
ETU Duathlon Championships EDINBURGH, Great Britain
ETU Triathlon Championships COPENHAGEN, Denmark
ETU Triathlon Long Distance BRASSCHAAT, Belgium
ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth KUOPIO, Finland
In general, all Events were well organized and were a great success from the sport
point of view. Only the European Triathlon Championships in Copenhagen did not fulfil
all expected criteria’s.
ITU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007 in EUROPE
The World Championships 2007 took place in:
ITU Duathlon World Championships GYÖR, Hungary
ITU Triathlon Long Distance World Championships LORIENT, France
ITU Triathlon World Championships HAMBURG, Germany
The National Triathlon Federations in union with the Local Race Organizers showed their
organizing capacities, all World Championships Events were on an excellent level.
ETU EUROPEAN CUP Races 2007
8 Winter Triathlon Events in Europe
11 European Cup and Premium Cup Races were organised in 2007 in 8 different
ETU EUROPEAN RANKINGS, QUOTAS for JUNIOR / U23 CATEGORIES
The European Cup rankings are regularly updated by Enrique QUESADA, ITU entries and
ranking Director, for the following categories:
Elite Men, Elite Women, Junior men and Junior women in Triathlon, Duathlon and Winter
According the results of the last European Championships the Quotas for the coming
European Championships in the Junior and the U23 categories for Triathlon and
Duathlon were established.
ETU Technical Officials Seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark.
During the Triathlon European Championships in Copenhagen the International Triathlon
Union in collaboration with the European Triathlon Union organized a level 2 Technical
Thanks to ITU, 10 invited officials from Europe could participate free of charge for
accommodation. ITU was also paying for the meeting facilities.
The workshop was conducted by Thanos NIKOPOULOS, ITU Events Manager and Enrique
QUESADA, ITU Rankings Director.
Technical Delegates on every European Cups and ITU International Events.
All International Events like EC’s, European Cups and ITU International Events were
supervised by assigned Technical Delegates ass well for the Winter and the Summer
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Reports were regularly sent to the TC members and the ETU office.
Technical Committee Meeting
A Technical Committee meeting took place in Copenhagen adjacent to the European
Triathlon Championships; the members have had regularly E-mail contact over the year.
Regularly reports were sending to the Executive Board.
On the request of ITU a guide for Technical Officials for the athlete’s registration and
for the transition area, was worked out by Jorge GARCIA, Eugène KRAUS and Paul
During the ATU African Championships 2008 in Hammamet, a Technical officials seminar
was held by Gergely MARKUS (assisted by Eugène KRAUS) to instruct the Tunisian race
officials. The Tunisian Triathlon Federation was just founded shortly before this event.
The Winter triathlon in Europe has actually a downward tendency, if we will keep the
Winter Triathlon on a high level all Federations and especially the Federations related to
Ski resort regions should do a seriously effort to have more races with a certain snow
All other Federation should support the Winter triathlon by sending their athletes to the
Continental and the World Championships.
Age Group Races on European Championships.
After the World Championships in Hamburg and after the European Championships in
Copenhagen we have had some complains coming from some Age Groups athletes about
a lot of drafting on these non drafting competitions.
The ITU, the ETU together with the Technical Delegate and Officials should do a serious
effort to avoid drafting and to give fair and equal chances to all participants.
European Championships 2008
ETU Winter Triathlon Championships, GAISHORN am SEE, Austria, 1-3.02.2008
Technical Delegate Michael MACHACKA, Gergely MARKUS
ETU Triathlon Championships, LISBON, Portugal, 10-11.05.2008
Technical Delegate Enrique QUESADA, Jorge GARCIA
ETU Duathlon Championships, SERRES, Greece, 24.-25.05.2008
Technical Delegate Gergely MARKUS
ETU U23 and Youth Triathlon Championships, PULPI, Spain, 06-07.09.2008
Technical Delegate Claude MEYER, Enrique QUESADA
ETU Long Distance Triathlon Championships, GERARDMER, France, 06.09.2008
Technical Delegate Stéphanie KRAUS, Pascal GODEL
ETU Cross Triathlon Championships, AMELAND, Netherland, 13.09.2008
Luxembourg, April 2008
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Appendix D: Development Committee report
ETU DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE REPORT
April 29, 2008
Dear ETU members,
The composition of the ETU Development Committee after the ETU Congress in Lausanne
Athanasios Nikopoulos GRE
Andreu Alfonso ESP
Fernando Carmo POR
Irena Chuckanova BUL
Clive Faine GBR
Helmut Kaufmann AUT
Bernard Saint-Jean FRA
On March 27th, 2008 we were regretted to be informed that Mr. Clive Faine (GBR) has
confirmed his resignation for Chair of the ITU Duathlon Committee and from the
Development Committee of the ETU
After the Copenhagen’s Congress, we had a meeting with Ms. Libby Burrell, ITU Sport
During that meeting, we took the decision to work very close with ITU on the Sport
Development in Europe since:
- ITU had already established a number of programs for Europe
- ETU Development Committee doesn’t have the budget to support any kind of
EUROPEAN TRIATHLON UNION
SPORT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Cab Inn City Hotel
13:00 - 1st July 2007
Andreau Alfonso Moragues
Bernard Saint- Jean
1. Thanos introduced Libby Burrell (ITU, Sport Development) and asked her to
outline the role of the ETU Sport Development liaison person’s role. Libby
suggested that the appointed person would form the link between ETU and ITU to
ensure the needs of the ETU are met and also that the ITU programmes and
projects are made known to the ETU community and more especially in the
countries that need help with development. Action: Zeljko Bijuk (CRO); Rob
Barel (NED) and Andreau Alfonso (ESP) will act as the liaison group to ITU and
keep the rest of the committee informed on all progress.
2. Libby asked the committee to outline the priority sport development
areas/countries of Europe. Gergely noted the 3 target groups namely, Balkans,
North Baltic and Small States. Action: Thanos will prepare a list of all the target
countries and Libby will do a Sport Development’ needs assessment to determine
the level/phase of development of each country. This process would then help to
determine the strategic plan for the next 2 – 4 years for ETU.
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3. Plans for the 2008 Europe Junior Continental Camp were discussed and the
possibility of hosting the camp in Lisbon, POR prior to the 2008 European Junior
Championships was presented. Libby explained that this would be discussed with
BG to see if the venue could be considered. Action: Libby to discuss this with ITU
and BG and get back to the committee.
4. Gergely Markus raised the issue of under-aged athletes being entered out of their
age groups in violation of the ITU rules. The matter was discussed at length and
it was unanimously agreed upon that the age rules as outlined in the ITU rules
will be strictly adhered to in future. Action: Gergely to send out a note to all
NF’s reminding them that the age rules must be strictly adhered to for all events.
The meeting adjourned at 14:30.
The projects that ITU has outlined for Europe in 2008:
1. ITU and ETU Continental Camp 2008 will be held in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary in
mid September 2008. The focus of this camp will be to provide opportunities to
junior and U23 athletes from targeted sport development nations within ETU.
There will be a parallel coach mentoring programme offered to provide
opportunities for coaches from these nations to advance their skills on all levels
of triathlon coaching. The head coaches for the camp will be the local TVK Coach
Tibor Lehmann and ITU Certified Coach and Regional Development Coordinator for
ITU, Zeljko Bijuk. Further Coaching support will be appointed through the ranks
of the ETU. Tiszaujvaros was selected for this event as it has already been
established as an excellent development camp venue through the experiences of
the past two ITU World Junior Camps (2006 and 2007) and this area is also being
targeted as the venue for the pilot study programme in the establishment of an
ITU Regional Training Centre.
2. ITU and ETU Coach Education Course 2008 (Competitive Coaching Course –
Level 2) will be held in Pula or Zagreb, Croatia in September or October. The
final venue and dates will be determined by Zeljko Bijuk and Alan Ley (Coach
Education Manager for the ITU). The course will be open to all NF’s within ETU
that wish to have their national federation coaches take an ITU Certified Coaching
Course. Details of the course will be available soon.
3. ITU Regional Training Centre for Europe will be established in 2008 using
Tiszaujvaros, Hungary as the venue for this. Over the past few years ITU has
worked hard with the local club in Tiszaujvaros in the hosting of the World Junior
Camps. This town provides a perfect background for young developing athletes to
hone their skills through to the Elite ranks. During the ITU and ETU Continental
Camp 2008 I will work further with the local group to fine tune the details for
t h e f o r m a t i o n o f t h e f i r s t e v e r I T U R e g i o n a l T r a i n i n g C en t r e .
After the success of the 2007 Kuopio Youth Activities, we will continue our education
series on Youth Issues at Pulpi during the Youth and U23 ETU Triathlon European
Championships (6-7 September, 2008). All the National Federation is welcome to attend
this conference. Further details will be released shortly. With the hope that the efforts
of the Committee will continue and further grow in significance for the development of
Triathlon in Europe,
With sport regards.
Thanos Nikopoulos (GRE)
ETU Development Committee
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Appendix E: Medical and Research Committee report
ETU MEDICAL & RESEARCH COMMITTEE REPORT
Work related to the following:
1. The provision of medical guidelines for the different levels of events of ETU.
2. Provision of an updated list of event medical personnel who are able to work on
3. Consultation with Event Technical Directors with regard to Medical areas.
Increased within the period 2007-2008, and is currently ongoing.
We would ask the Congress representatives for each country to provide the ETU Office
with the contact details for their nominated medical personnel, to be forwarded to the
Committee. We thank both the Congress Representatives and the National Governing
Bodies in advance for their support.
Report provided, on behalf of the Committee
by Veronica Vleck, Ph.D.
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