Excerpted from March 5, 2018 Press Release:
Neal Henderson and Christine Palmquist named as USAT Coaches of the Year
USA Triathlon has recognized two of the most successful coaches in its ranks for the 2017 season, naming Neal Henderson and Christine Palmquist as Coaches of the Year.
Christine Palmquist was named Paratriathlon Coach of the Year for her achievements leading US paratriathletes to success at the elite level. In 2017, she coached National Team athletes at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, and the Rotterdam ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.
US athletes raced to seven medals in Rotterdam, including a gold from Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio) in the women’s PTS5 class.
Palmquist had a lead coaching role last season at training camps for the USA Paratriathlon National Team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the USA Paratriathlon Development Team in Chula Vista, California.
In addition to her team coaching role, she individually coached Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill., PTS2), who earned a silver medal in October at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, and Patty Collins (Alexandria, Va., PTS4), who earned bronze medals at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships and the Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon event in addition to earning a national title in 2017.
Palmquist also played a key role in coach development for the sport of paratriathlon last year, contributing to the manual and presentation materials before providing in-person instruction at the first-ever USA Paratriathlon Coaching Certification Clinic held in July in Colorado Springs.
“What a tremendous honour,” Palmquist said. “I am grateful for each athlete, coach and mentor who has contributed to my professional journey. To get to do what I love most is amazing.”