International Team captains announced

A who's who of the sport will represent the International Team at the Collins cup: Craig Alexander, Erin Baker, Simon Whitfield and Lisa Bentley.

| May 16, 2017 | NEWS

A who's who of triathlon history will be representing the International Team at the Collins Cup as team captains. Three-time Kona champ (and course-record holder) Craig Alexander, Olympic gold and silver medalist Simon Whitfield, two-time Ironman World Champion and ITU world champ Erin Baker and 11-time Ironman champ Lisa Bentley have all been announced as the leaders of the International Team.

The Collins Cup is a long-distance competition organized by the Professional Triathletes Organization and modeled on golf's Ryder Cup and will feature teams from the USA, Europe and the International squad that this prestigious foursome will lead. The first competition is slated to take place next year. 

“It is an honor to be one of the International captains," says Whitfield, the first male Olympic gold medalist in triathlon. "Triathlon is such a fantastic and close-knit sport. It is funny to think I first met Crowie (Craig Alexander) as a school boy in Australia, and now we are helping lead the International Team. It is a privilege as a Canadian, together with Lisa, to be an integral part of The Collins Cup. Canada has a rich history in the sport, having been the birth place of the ITU, and punches way above its weight when it comes to producing top level athletes. This will be a stunning competition."

“Since The Collins Cup was first announced, I was excited to see this compelling format, and particularly the PTO’s commitment to our sport’s ethos of gender equality," says Baker. "Having men and women professional athletes competing together as a team once again puts on display the unique nature of triathlon’s position in the sporting world, but one that cannot be taken for granted. I applaud the PTO’s vigilance in this area and look forward to helping lead the International Team.”

"The Collins Cup is an exciting new concept and with legendary Captains Dave Scott, Karen Smyers, Chrissie Wellington and Normann Stadler coming together to help lead today’s top athletes, should be an epic event," says Alexander. "It will be an incredible celebration of our sport and I am excited and honored to be a part of it.”

"The format of having head-to-head races among the best professional triathletes in the world will be dramatic," says Bentley. "It will be an honor to work together as captains with such great champions as Craig, Erin and Simon. We raced together and now get to share our experiences with today’s professionals. The depth of the International team will be strong, and we look forward to challenging the USA and Europe.”