By USA Triathlon Florida Region / September 27, 2016, 1:30 PM (ET)
Induction ceremony set for December 10 in Orlando, FL.
Orlando, FL – Three accomplished individuals – All American Athlete Jackie Yost, Race Director Cherie Starr, and Paratriathlete Hector Picard – will join the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame as the second class in a ceremony presented on December 10 at the Rosen Inn Hotel in Orlando, FL
“We are pleased to announce the Class of 2016 for induction into the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame,” said Hector Torres, chair of the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame Committee. “If one were to review the goals and objectives of the Hall of Fame, these three would meet every criterion. Based on their athletic abilities and positive influences within the sport of triathlon, three more worthy people could not have been chosen. We look forward to the celebration of their induction in Orlando, Florida on December 10.”
Founded in 2015, the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame has since recognized the best performances and contributions of USAT members in the Florida Region. This year’s class brings the total number of inductees to seven.
The three inductees will be celebrated at an induction banquet on Saturday, December 10 at 6 p.m. at the Rosen Inn Hotel in Orlando, FL as part of the USA Triathlon Florida Region Coaches Symposium weekend. Individual tickets to the Hall of Fame dinner are available now at active.com for $35 and include the reception, dinner and inductee presentation. Parties interested in purchasing a table may contact Michelle Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees:
Jackie Yost – Female Age Group Athlete (Treasure Island, FL)
At almost ninety years of age, Jackie Yost of Treasure Island, Florida, is still an active multi-sport athlete. She has always been involved in sports in some way, be it coaching, teaching or participating. Her first experience in the world of triathlon was at St. Anthony’s Meek & Mighty in St. Petersburg in 1993. She earned first place in her age group. Since that first triathlon, she has competed in well over a hundred events. In 2003, at the USA Triathlon Age Group Triathlon National Championships in Shreveport, Louisiana, she won her age group. Three years later, at the age of 78, she competed in the 70.3 Ironman in Clearwater. Jackie has been a USA Triathlon All American more than ten times and has earned an honorable mention on numerous other occasions.
Jackie has been a member of the St. Petersburg Mad Dog Triathlon club for decades and has been a member of USA Triathlon for almost twenty-five years. She still hosts an early morning swim group Friday mornings at the home she shares with her husband Larry, also an avid competitor.
In December 14, 2014, Jackie was honored by USAT’s Florida Region as the Woman of the Month.
According to Jackie, her mantra is, “Show, go, finish.” Her life/sport philosophy is, “To be the best, never give up, continue to be active and set an example. Act like a role model, because to someone you are.” That’s great advice for everyone in the multi-sport community, from newbies to seasoned elite athletes.
Cherie Starr – Contributor (Lake Placid, FL)
Cherie is a very influential race director in the state of Florida. Year after year she directs a very successful race. She goes above and beyond to reach out to people all around the state to get them involved with the event. She has hosted the Florida Region Youth Championships for many years and there is always a great turnout. Cherie is an active USAT member and continues to be involved and volunteer with other triathlons all around the state. She is unable to race currently, because she is battling with lupus. Yet, despite
her battle with lupus, she does not let it stop her. She continues to reach out to others, volunteer and be involved with the sport. She is a bright shining star and puts on an amazing event every year. Cherie works tirelessly and positively to recruit all around her to believe in the sport. Cherie Starr has earned the recognition of inclusion in the Florida Region Hall of Fame for her tireless efforts as a race director and very active member of USA Triathlon.
Hector Picard – Male Age Group Athlete (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Hector Picard inspires everyone, not just multi-sport athletes, with what he has accomplished. In 1992, he suffered a life-altering accident when he was electrocuted not once, but twice, by more than 13,000 volts of electricity in a workplace accident. Much of his body was covered in burns and both of his arms were amputated; he lost all of his right arm and half of his left arm. While his life had been changed forever, it certainly wasn’t over.
Encouraged by friends, he competed in his first triathlon on July 4, 2009, in Coconut Creek, Florida. As they say, the rest is history. Since then, as a bi-lateral amputee, he has taken part in long-distance open-water swims and several cross-country bicycle rides. His ride from Miami to Spokane, Washington, helped to raise money for a baby in need of prosthetics. Still an active competitor, Hector has competed in more than one hundred and thirty triathlons including several iron-distance events.
Recipient of many accolades, in 2010, Hector Picard was honored with the Paul Mitchell Spirit Award, USA Triathlon’s Jeff Jewell Spirit Award in 2012 and the HITS Paratriathlete of the Year Award in 2013. Other accomplishments include Novation Settlement Solutions Spokesperson, LuLuLemon Ambassador, producer of the YouTube video, “Changing a Bicycle Flat Tire Without Hands,” featured on the hit show, “The Walking Dead,” and is the first double arm amputee four time Ironman.
However, his life is so much more than multisport. He is a husband, father of four, grandfather, coach, and role model. He is a motivational speaker and founder of an organization, DontStopLiving, to help others overcome adversity.
Hector Picard believes that, “Obstacles are meant to be overcome.” As he tells people, “I want everyone to know that no adversity is too great. When you embrace life through hard work and positive thinking, you will overcome anything.” That certainly embodies the multisport philosophy.
USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame Inductees by Class
Thomas Reilly (Contributor)
Virginia Poyner (Age Group Athlete)
Fred Sommer (Contributor)
Joe Bonness (Age Group Athlete)