Canadian Lisa Bentley, an 11-time Ironman and 16-time Ironman 70.3 champion who had a 20-year-old triathlon career competing with Cystic Fibrosis, will be the keynote speaker at the third Endurance Exchange, a virtual endurance sports industry conference hosted by USA Triathlon from March 3 to 5, 2022.
“My athletic pursuit of professional triathlon taught me far more than the typical lessons found in sport. I found a way to turn my diagnosis with Cystic Fibrosis into a gift and I used this genetic disease to elevate my talent and training beyond expectations,” Bentley says. “My hope by sharing my story is that others will be able to uncover their superpower, re-ignite the energy and compassion in their hearts, rise to every opportunity and find greatness in adversity.”
In addition to her numerous Ironman wins, Bentley took third at the Ironman World Championship in 2006 and was fourth in 2004. She has been inducted into the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame and, since her retirement she has done sports commentary for CBC, CTV, TSN and Sportsnet and authored a book, “An Unlikely Champion.” She is an ambassador for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was one of the Captains for the Internationals Team at the Collins Cup last year.
Bentley’s keynote address will take place on March 3 from 5 to 6 pm EST. You can see the Endurance Exchange schedule here.