The Great Britain Age-Group team was the best in the world this year, dominating the World Triathlon Grand Final London and multisport races around the rest of the world. Celebrating this at the British Triathlon awards dinner in Birmingham, Age-Group athletes of the Year rubbed shoulders with Britain’s world beating elite athletes including ITU World Triathlon Series (ITU WTS) World Champion, Non Stanford.
As the British Paratriathlon team maintained its position on top of the world, Faye McClelland and Phil Hogg were named British Triathlon Female and Male Paratriathletes of the Year at the British Triathlon Awards Dinner in Birmingham on Saturday 23 November 2013.
Non Stanford and Jonathan Brownlee were winners of the British Triathlon Elite Triathletes of the Year awards and Stanford also received the Olympic Athlete of the Year award and the Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition.
The 24 year-old Leeds based athlete from Swansea overcame a broken arm mid way through the season to lift the ITU world title in London with Britain’s Jodie Stimpson in second place.
Stanford commented: “It’s a massive honour to win. I’ve sat in the audience for the last few years and I’ve been in awe of the athletes who have received this award. So to be on the other side and be the recipient is a testimony to hard work and perseverance, and it’s also a continued testimony of the quality of the team up in Leeds.”
Initial participation data from 2013 indicates another 10% increase in triathlon participation this year, demonstrating the popularity of triathlon. And, as London celebrated the anniversary of the 2012 Games, triathlon welcomed five new clubs that were established in the London Olympic boroughs.
In a year of so much success, Gill Fullen and Brian Forster were presented with the British Triathlon Female and Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year awards.
Gill Fullen, of Bedford Harriers, has been a regular member of the Great Britain Age-Group team and this year was her best by far. She won three world titles in the 45-49 Age-Group during 2013 including the Long Distance Triathlon, Standard Distance Duathlon and the ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon.
She commented: “I’m absolutely shocked, I’m stunned to be given this award by Mr [Alistair] Brownlee himself, it’s made it all worthwhile. There are some fantastic ladies in the category and I’m really honoured.”
Demonstrating that age is no barrier, Brian Forster of City of Chester Tri Club won gold at the Horst ETU Powerman Sprint Duathlon European Championships in the 80-84 Age-Group in April. He not only retained the title that he won last year, he even went a minute and a half quicker.
This year saw the Great Britain Age-Group Team win an unprecedented number of medals in international competition. The strongest and most competitive ever team competed in Hyde Park, with successes coming from the youngest to the oldest age groups.
Full list of award winners:
- British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Gill Fullen
- British Triathlon Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Brian Forster
- Leigh Day British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – Dave Wardle
- Leigh Day British Triathlon Official of the Year – Maisie Bancewicz
- Leigh Day British Triathlon Coach of the Year – Andrew McMenigall
- British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year – Lucy Gossage
- British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year – Richard Horton
- British Triathlon Event of the Year – Deva Triathlon
- British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Lucy Gossage
- British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Ritchie Nicholls
- British Triathlon Female Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Georgia Taylor-Brown
- British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Marc Austin
- British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Faye McClelland
- British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Phil Hogg
- Peter Holmes Award for Inspriational Performance in International Competition – Non Stanford
- British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year – Non Stanford
- British Triathlon Male Elite Triathlete of the Year – Jonathan Brownlee
- Olympic Athlete of the Year – Non Stanford
- Gold Pin Winners – Professor Sarah Springman CBE and Leanda Cave
British Triathlon is the Governing Body for the sport in Great Britain. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering elite performance for triathlon, paratriathlon, duathlon and aquathlon in Great Britain. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic sport with talented world class athletes, coaches and support staff, focused around delivering world-class events and medal winning performances.
Great Britain is home to the 2012 Olympic Champion (Alistair Brownlee) and bronze medallist (Jonathan Brownlee) as well as numerous current world champions amongst a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes, and emerging talent from BTF’s youth development programmes. British Triathlon also enables paratriathletes to deliver world-class success, raising the profile of paratriathlon in the build up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
There are over 850 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the British Triathlon Super Series, which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon is committed to being a leader in environmental awareness in sport, protecting the environment in which we operate today and in the future.
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