Could you tell how you have been organized to prepare this ISF WSC Triathlon 2015?
It is a lot of work done by the OC composed of members from the UNSS Regional Unit, Technical advisers from 4 departments of this region.
We have been doing our best to prepare this event along with other national events. The Ultimate French Championship just finished, which was very close to the date of the ISF WSC Triathlon.
This event is being organized with the support of many partners, such as the Versailles Municipality for which the Sport Unit, managed by Miss Isabelle Véteau, is very active. People coming from the Ile de France Triathlon League in which I am involved at a president position as I am the Director of UNSS Versailles. We collaborate as well with the Triathlon Club of Versailles, because the Triathlon du Roi is the base to organize conjunctly this ISF WSC.
There is as well help from one of the National Director Assistant responsible of Triathlon, Nathalie Grand. Laurent Meutelet, UNSS manager and national delegate of triathlon is handling the ruling.
A lot of people I have not mentioned are fully involved in,such as many EPS teachers, young organizers, young first-aid attendants and young journalists from various schools.
Last but not least, sport associations will animate the Opening Ceremony. We insist that all generations be involved in such an organization.
We will host 14 delegations in the best conditions and offer them unforgettable moments. In addition, there will be a national training for the 20 best young referee who will officiate during the championship.
Are there more countries than expected?
The first ISF Triathlon took place in Puerto Rico with 6-7 delegations. We reached our objective to host between 10 and 15. We have now 14 delegations arriving on Wednesday.
South Africa, Germany, England, Brazil, Belorussia, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Estonia, France, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
France is an active ISF event organizer, why did you bid for this ISF WSC Triathlon?
Those past years, we have seen the discipline of triathlon being more and more popular. It is a French team that finished first in the last ISF WSC Triathlon. The French bid was supported by the National Direction of UNSS and the Ile de France Triathlon League whose president is my predecessor.
It is the first time that Versailles organizes an ISF WSC, does it differ a lot from a national event?
It is not that different from our model, nevertheless the places where the Triathlon will take place are prestigious and it demanded a lot of authorizations and administrative procedures. We have the Know-How but we will learn a lot from it.
According to you, who will win?
We will host mainly future champions from everywhere, but we hope to see French Triathletes on the podium!