Pensacola, FL – July 20, 2015 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI) is pleased to announce that paratriathlete and marathon champion Krige Schabort is the winner of the 2015 ESPY Award for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability.
Among Schabort’s highlights from an outstanding racing career that began in 1988 are: gold medalist at the ITU World Paratriathlon Championship in Edmonton, Canada in 2014, first place and course record at the 2010 and 2011 Kona Ironman World Championships and multiple marathon wins including nine at the Honolulu Marathon. He has multiple second place finishes at the Boston Marathon and is a five-time paralympian.
Schabort grew up in Cape Town South Africa and while serving in the army, lost both legs in a bombing, yet defied the odds of survival. After that he turned to swimming, wheelchair racing and then triathlon. He moved to the US in 1997, became a citizen and now lives in Rome, Georgia with his wife and three children.
Schabort is coached by Mark Sortino, CEO of Multisport Performance Institute, Head Coach for Team USA Paratriathlon, USA Triathlon Level 2 Certified Coach and USA Cycling Level 2 Certified Coach.
Next up on Schabort’s racing calendar is the ITU Paralympic Triathlon test event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in early August and then the 2015 ITU World Paratriathlon Championship in Chicago, Illinois on September 18.
Other athletes nominated for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability ESPY award included Joe Berenyi, Cycling; Josh Pauls, Sled Hockey; Mike Shea, Snowboarding; US national champion in boardercross; and Andy Soule, Nordic Skiing.
About Multisport Performance Institute
Established in 2010, Team MPI provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Team MPI offers an extensive menu of coaching plans and training packages. In addition, they conduct training camps and clinics in many locations throughout the US including iron distance race-venue preparation camps (IM Florida, Texas, Chattanooga) and camps associated with Team Semper Fi, Challenged Athletes Foundation, USA Paratriathlon and the National Paratriathlon Team. The team is led by head coach John Murray, a USA Triathlon Level 2 certified coach, race director, and ASCA Level 2 coach with 17 years of triathlon experience, and head coach Mark Sortino, USA Triathlon Level 2 certified coach, race director, and 3x IM World Championship finisher. Team MPI produces the popular and successful Portofino Sunset Tri Series. They founded the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, Sea Turtle Tri, and Maritime DeLuna Du.
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