Level II Paratriathlon Specialization Details

Format: In-Person

Date: Wednesday-Saturday, June 1-4, 2022

Time: Each day will last from 8:00am-5:30pm MT

Location: Hammond, IN

Address: Munster High School: 8808 Columbia Ave, Munster, IN 46321

Cost: $0 (if accepted)

Please be aware that there are limited spots available for this clinic. Only 11 coaches will be accepted.

Chris Palmquist

USA Triathlon Level III, Youth and Junior, and Paratriathlon Certified Coach | USA Cycling Level 1 Certified Coach

Coach Chris Palmquist has led the MMTT Youth Development Team since 2011 to introduce the skills and fun of triathlon to young triathletes of all ability levels. Youth Team triathletes compete in local and regional triathlons then compete both as individuals and as a team at the USAT Youth and Junior National Championships. In addition to her passion for working with youth, Chris is a USA Paratriathlon National Team Coach, Member of the World Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee, and Cloud 10 Multisport Head Coach. Additionally, she was a 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Coach, 2017 Paratriathlon Coach of the Year, and 2019 Development Coach of the Year. She is a USA Triathlon Elite Level III, Youth and Junior, and Paratriathlon Certified Coach. She is a USA Cycling Level I Elite, Power-Based Training Coach and a F.I.S.T Bike Fitter. Since 1993, Chris Palmquist has helped hundreds of endurance athletes achieve success - from brand new beginners and youth athletes to World Champions and Paralympic medalists. Chris leads high performance camps for USA Paratriathlon National Team athletes and supports Team USA athletes at international ITU races and World Championships. In 36 years as an athlete, she has competed in collegiate rowing, triathlon, running, canoe/kayak, cross country skiing, road cycling, cycling time trial. Her coaching philosophy is based on trust, communication, balance, achieving top potential and the joy of challenging training and racing.

Mark Sortino

USA Triathlon Level III and Paratriathlon Certified Coach | USA Cycling Level II Coach

Mark Sortino is a USA Triathlon Level III coach and certified USAT Race Director who has been the head coach of Team USA Paratriathlon since 2012. Additionally Mark has been the head coach for all of the USA Paratriathlon High Performance Camps and CAF Paratriathlon Camps since their inceptions. Mark is a 15 time Ironman, 3 time Kona finisher and is the co-founder and CEO of Team MPI (Multisport Performance Institute) -a triathlon company providing a diverse spectrum of services designed for beginner to elite level triathletes through individual coaching, camps, clinics and event production.

Keri Serota

USA Triathlon Level I and Paratriathlon Certified Coach | USA Triathlon Certified Race Director

Keri is the Co Founder and Executive Director of Dare2tri. She is a USAT Certified Race Director and is a USA Triathlon Level I and Paratriathlon certified coach. Keri is the Vice-Chair of the USAT National Paratriathlon Committee and is dedicated to growing the sport of paratriathlon across the country. She has a passion for adaptive sports and her enthusiasm for supporting athletes of all ages, ability, and experience level is unmatched. As a triathlete, she has guided runners with disabilities in multiple marathons and triathlons, and in 2011, she completed her first Ironman in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a member of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors and the Move United Board of Director.

Dr. Amanda Leibovitz, PhD, LMHCA, LPC, CMPC

USA Triathlon Level I Paratriathlon Certified Coach

Dr. Amanda Leibovitz, PhD, LMHCA, LPC, CMPC, is a licensed therapist and certified mental performance consultant with a strong calling to empower others with the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to navigate life on their own terms. She also holds coaching certifications with USA Triathlon, USA Paratriathlon, and USA Cycling and has been coaching endurance athletes since 2012. Her unique blend of experience, education, and training allows her to integrate effective strategies for high performance with proven approaches to mental health counseling to emphasize clients’ personal strengths and values as important vehicles for change. Throughout her career, Amanda has gained extensive experience working with athletes and performers at all levels of competition, including elite youth sailing, lacrosse, and beach volleyball, NCAA Division 1 softball, military adaptive sports, and Olympic and Paralympic throwing, wrestling, triathlon, and cycling. In addition to her work in private practice at Epic Wellness & Performance PLLC, she currently manages endurance programs for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund and contracts as a cycling coach for the U.S. Special Operations Command - Care Coalition. Amanda earned her PhD in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in the Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Exercise at the University of North Texas and holds an MA in Counseling with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University. Her doctoral research focused on the psychosocial needs of athletes with physical and psychological disabilities and best practices for coaches working with trauma-impacted athletes. She has also completed specialized training in EMDR therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, DBT skills, internal family systems, nonviolent communication, and performance enhancement.