There were two awards apiece for Alistair Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson at the British Triathlon Awards, with the Commonwealth Games champs picking up a joint award for Olympic Athlete of the Year as well as Elite Male and Elite Female Triathlete of the Year.
Both athletes competed for Team England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with Jodie Stimpson hitting the headlines winning the first medal of the Games closely followed by Alistair Brownlee adding Commonwealth gold to his Olympic gold medal won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Alistair was unable to challenge for the World Triathlon Series title after missing the first two races in Auckland and Cape Town, and posting two fourth places in Yokohama and London. He made it clear that winning gold in Glasgow was his main target for the season, though a final push at the WTS Grand Final in London was also expected.
“It’s been a good season and it’s always good to get some awards at the end of it, a bit of recognition,” said Alistair. “It was definitely the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow that was my big aim for the year. Like any big aim, it’s always good to cross the line and pull it off. The Grand Final was the icing on the cake; it was really nice to have a good race there as well.”
Woke up 2 fantastic news of winning Olympic Athlete of the year award @BritTri thank you so much, sorry im there in person, what an honor
— Jodie Stimpson (@jodiestimpson) November 15, 2014
There were also awards for elite paratriathletes Phil Hogg and Lauren Steadman (the latter picking up an additional Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition), long-distance elites Tim Don and Jodie Swallow, and age-groupers Tom Stead and Jane Leslie.
Lauren said on winning the award: “London was a major turning point for me, beating Faye [McClelland] is a really hard challenge as she is a fierce competitor. Crossing the line in Edmonton at the World’s with my whole family watching, it was just a fantastic atmosphere and with all the hard work this year, it was just beautiful.”
— Brit Triathlon Trust (@TriTrust) November 14, 2014
Emma Pooley picked up the award for Elite Duathlete of the Year, thanks to an impressive season that saw her win the long distance world champs in Zofingen, while Ben Dijsktra and Sophie Coldwell were named Female and Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Olympic Athlete of the Year – Jodie Stimpson & Alistair Brownlee
British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year – Jodie Stimpson
British Triathlon Male Elite Triathlete of the Year – Alistair Brownlee
British Triathlon Female Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Sophie Coldwell
British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Ben Dijkstra
British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Jodie Swallow
British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Tim Don
British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year – Emma Pooley
British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year – Phil Wylie
British Triathlon Event of the Year – Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon
British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Lauren Steadman
British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Phil Hogg
British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Jane Leslie
British Triathlon Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Tom Stead
Leigh Day British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – Sheila Horsman
Leigh Day British Triathlon Official of the Year – Maise Bancewitz
Leigh Day British Triathlon Coach of the year – Anthony Dally
Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition – Lauren Steadman
Gold Pin Awards: Marc Jenkins, Professor Sarah Springman CBE (collected 2013 Gold Pin), Jem Lawson JP & Judith Brand.
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