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Two Canadians selected as winners of Ironman’s Physically Challenged Open Division Drawing

Alex Zinardi
Alex Zinardi

This morning, Ironman announced the winners of its Physically Challenged Open Division Drawing for the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Five athletes were selected for the Ironman World Championship and three for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

Ironman announced the program earlier this year as an effort to “honour the vision of Ironman co-founders, John and Judy Collins… to provide athletes of all abilities a means of entry to its prestigious world championship events.”

Ironman stated, “Through this initiative, five physically challenged athletes have been randomly chosen to race the most iconic and challenging single-day endurance event, the Ironman World Championship on October 8, 2016 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. In addition, three physically challenged athletes secured their entry into the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on September 4, 2016 in Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine Coast.”

Two Canadians have been selected among the three for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Taylor Rennie, age 23, from West Owen Sound, Ontario and Rob Scott, age 57 from Whitby, were awarded spots through the random selection process.

Here is the full list of athletes.

IRONMAN World Championship:

  • Johnny Agar (Age 22, Rockford, Michigan, United States)
  • Joe Allen (Age 28, Dorset, England, United Kingdom)
  • Hector Picard (Age 50, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States)
  • Michael Somsan (Age 46, Gilbert, Arizona, United States)
  • Cameron Williams (Age 43, Denver, Colorado, United States)


IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship:

  • Ross Mason (Age 45, Greensborough, Victoria, Australia)
  • Taylor Rennie (Age 23, West Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada)
  • Rob Scott (Age 57, Whitby, Ontario, Canada)