Science & Tri Conference hits Paris next month

By Erin Greene on 27/10/15 at 10:44 am

The third ITU Science & Triathlon Conference is set to hit Paris in less than 30 days with the two-day seminar slated for 26-27 November.

Offering a mix of the world’s most accomplished coaches coupled with top international sports scientists, this unique conference will focus on “Peaking for Rio, preparing for Tokyo and beyond.”

“The Science & Triathlon Conference offers access to the most in-depth and innovative information available for training triathletes and paratriathletes,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “The programme offers both groundbreaking sports science as well as tried and true practices that have led to championship results.”

“While the focus is on triathlon, this conference will serve all endurance sports scientists and coaches looking to obtain the most relevant research on producing winning athletes.”

Keynote coach speakers include elite coaches Joel Filliol, Darren Smith and Sergio Santos, whose accolades speak for themselves. 

As the head coach for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Team, Filliol led the Canadian team toward achieving their two major performance objectives; qualifying a full team of 3 men and 3 women, and achieving a silver medal performance, as Simon Whitfield’s personal coach. He is also coach to the 2015 second- and fourth-world ranked Mario Mola and Richard Murray.

Like Filliol, Smith has coached an Olympic silver medallist in Sweden’s Lisa Norden, whom he continues to coach, in addition to a squad that contains elite athletes like 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jodie Stimpson.

Santos, who is currently the Brazilian National Team Coach, guided Vanessa Fernandes to becoming one of triathlon’s most successful women to ever hit the sport as the winner of more ITU World Cups than any athlete, as well as a World Championship title and an Olympic silver medal.

The line-up of speakers also includes many recognized scientists and experts, such as ITU Medical Delegate Chair Sergio Migliorini, sport scientists Dr. Christophe Hausswirth and Dr. Yann Le Meur, as well as renowned physiologists Iñigo Mujika and Paul Laursen.

This year’s theme represents the scientific lessons that triathlon coaches have applied through the years leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. It will then look at how this research can now be applied to designing the champions of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Topics of the conference include strength training, training load management, nutrition, organisation for high level performance, paratriathlon and training in extreme conditions.

This conference will be hosted at INSEP (National Institut of Sports) in the heart of Vincennes’s Wood, city of Paris. Many of the French Olympic medallists trained there as Judokas Teddy Riner and David Douillet, as well as basketball stars like Tony Parker and Boris Diaw.

In addition to the conference, participants will be treated to a dinner gala that will be hosted on a boat on the Seine River.

To view the list of speakers and schedule, click here.

To register, click here.