Sarah Barkley of SET Coaching has received the designation of All American by USA Triathlon. Barkley achieved All-American status for two sports: triathlon and duathlon. All-American status is awarded to the top five percent of athletes in both triathlon and duathlon each year. Barkley received the designations for the 2012 race season. In addition to receiving the designations, Barkley was invited to race for USA Triathlon at the Duathlon World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario.
“I’m honored to receive both designations for this past race season, and to have the opportunity to race for Team USA again. I enjoy taking what I learn through racing at this level, and applying it to the training and race programs of the athletes I coach,” explained Barkley.
As a triathlete, Barkley has achieved USAT All-American status for the past two years, received the coveted Best Overall Female Triathlete designation from TriNW in 2011, and took top honors as the Overall Olympic Distance Champion in 2010 and 2008. In 2009 and 2011 Barkley represented Team USA at the ITU Age Group Olympic World Championships, placing as the third American in her age group, and in 2012 qualified and raced at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas.
Barkley has been a SET Coaching athlete for several years, and joined the SET Coaching team in 2012. She works with a number of athletes to help them meet their competitive or recreational goals.
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon serves as the National Governing Body for triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 455,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).