Black Woman Makes Olympic History as the First to Be on the USA Triathlon Board of Directors

Dr. Tekemia Dorsey, first African American board member on USA Triathlon

In October 2019, USA Triathlon, part of the United States Olympic Committee, made history by electing their first ever African American board member, Dr. Tekemia Dorsey, to serve as the Mideast Region representative.
Dr. Dorsey is from Middle River, Maryland, and is the CEO of the International Association of Black Triathletes (IABT). Her nonprofit organization serves urban communities — especially Black youth — with a mission to increase participation in multisport and provide opportunities to work in the multisport industry.

She is also the owner of IABT Multisport Racing, the only African-American and woman-owned multisport racing company in the nation. Dr. Dorsey is a USA Triathlon Level I and Youth & Junior-certified coach, a USA Triathlon-certified race director and a member of the USA Triathlon Race Director Committee.

"It's an honor to serve on USA Triathlon's Board of Directors and to positively contribute to change in the sport for all, but especially minorities,” Dr. Dorsey said. “This sport provides hope to so many across the world, and it remains our duty to continue to give back through the sport — giving inspiration and motivation daily where hope may seem lost at times. I look forward to working with dynamic and energetic visionaries in the days and years to come."

Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is the the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. As a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the organization sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world.