Currently 2 Responses
- This is Ms. Whittington,
I do appreciate all the comments below. I think having an article written can be dangerous sometimes as what we tell the actual author does not always get posted correctly. There were several things in the article that were false. We did not get to read before it was published. I am an IM. I am not an IM Champion, my father is. I am certified in more things than I have time to write and am not an updated certified USAT coach however have been for several years. I was in the ORINGINAL Sharks group and my friends in that group can verify that.
I am sorry you were so offended by the article.
My goal with the new multi-spot club is to promote wellness in the community where I work and live.
I truly hope you can let any issues that you have with me stay with me and not affect this great group we have.
Sincerely, Amy E. Whittington
- Mr. Siegel,
I don't usually respond to articles but as a multiple Ironman finisher placing in the top 5 in my age group, qualifying for IM Hawaii, and one of the original members of the Sarasota Sharks Triathlon Club which became the Sarasota Storm Triathlon Club, I felt compelled to comment.
Amy Whittington is NOT and Ironman Champion; Ms. Whittington has finished two Ironman events. A Ironman Champion is someone who wins their age group and/or finishes high enough to qualify to compete in the Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Ms. Whittington did NOT help to start the Sarasota Sharks / Storm Triathlon Club. The club was started by John Letourneau with the assistance of a few others. Ms. Whittington had no part in that.
If you go to the USA Triathlon web site (http://www.usatriathlon.org/) which is the governing body for certifying someone as a "triathlon coach" you will not find Amy Whittington's name listed as a USAT Coach.
Finishing an Ironman is very admirable- misrepresenting the truth and taking credit for someone else's hard work is not.
I think is wonderful that Mr. Klauber and Mr. Kruse want to share this great sport with others in their community. Triathlon is a great sport filled with (mostly) great people. It would be nice for this club to get off the ground on an honest foot.
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