The City of McKenzie and members of the community gathered Thursday afternoon, March 4 to honor McKenzie native and world-class triathlete Kirsten Winkler Sass for her many athletic accomplishments over the years.
A new “Welcome to McKenzie” sign featuring Sass’ name and accomplishments was unveiled at the corner of University Drive and Liberty Lane near Bethel University’s tennis courts.
Mayor Jill Holland also read a proclamation passed by the City Council declaring March 4 as Kirsten Winkler Sass Day.
“To have a world-class athlete in your hometown is quite and honor,” said Holland.
Sass, 41, who was present with her nine-year-old son Sebastian and 11-year-old daughter Bella, thanked all those in the community who have shown their love and support to her over the years.
“This sign is as much for you guys as for me,” said Sass. “I’m really honored.”
During her athletic career, Sass:
•won the USA Triathlon Overall Amateur Female Triathlete of the Year awards in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
•won USA Triathlon Open Amateur Female Triathlete of the Year in 2018.
•won USA Triathlon Overall Amateaur Female Duathlete of the Year in 2015, 2016, and 2019.
•has received 10 World Champion gold medals, six silver medals, and a bronze medal in Triathlon, Duathlon, and Aquathlon competitions.
•has earned 23 national championships as a triathlete and duathlete.
•won the 2016 Ironman Louisville Overall Female award.
Holland also pointed out that Sass has been heavily involved in guiding elite para-triathlete Amy Dixon in national and world competition.