Beth Potter: Background, career highlights, quotes

Beth Potter has only been racing triathlon for a few years, but if her performances in 2021 are anything to go by, she's one to watch. Here's what you need to know about the Scottish runner-turned-triathlete

Beth Potter wins the triathlon World Cup in Valencia

Scottish triathlete Beth Potter may be a relative newcomer to the triathlon scene, but she’s been starting to draw attention following a string of impressive performances.

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Here, we delve into her background, career highlights and take a look at what’s next.

Who is Beth Potter?

Beth Potter is a professional triathlete from Scotland. She started here sporting life as a swimmer before moving over to running. Track and field proved to be her focus for the years that followed.

She represented Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, competing in the 5,000m (finishing 18th) and 10,000m (finishing fifth) track events. In 2016 she headed to Brazil to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio for Team GB in the 10,000m event and finished in 34th.

In 2017 Potter took the decision to switch her focus to triathlon and take on the huge depth of talent at British Triathlon’s disposal. Her first International Triathlon Union (ITU) win came in the 2017 ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup in Funchal, Madeira.

Over the following year, Potter raced in a range of triathlon world cups and competed in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where she placed 12th in the individual women’s race and seventh in the mixed relay.

The following year she won the European Triathlon Union (ETU) Triathlon European Championships in May 2019, after which she got her first taste of the highest level of the sport at the ITU World Triathlon race in Edmonton later that summer (finishing 14th).

The Scot made it to the starting line of a handful of races in a pandemic-impacted 2020, including a win at the World Cup race in Valencia, and made headlines the following spring with an unofficial road 5km world record after running it in 14:41.

Not long after, Potter was winning the Super League Triathlon Arena Games in London and placing second at the same event in Rotterdam. A handful of World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) races followed, including Leeds (seventh) and Abu Dhabi (seventh).

Before the season was out, she’d also finished fourth in the Super League Triathlon series and won two World Triathlon Cups.

How old is Beth Potter?

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Beth Potter is currently 30 years old and was born on 27 December 1991.

Beth Potter’s career highlights

  • Esports Triathlon World Champion (2022)
  • Fourth overall in the Super League Triathlon series
  • 3 x World Triathlon Cup wins (Valencia 2020, Haeundae 2021, Tongyeong 2021)
  • ETU European World Champion (2019)

Beth Potter quotes

Speaking ahead of WTCS Yokohama 2021: “Whatever result it is, I try and either celebrate or grieve it for a day and then get back to the grind.”

Speaking after winning the Super League Arena Games in London in 2021: “Coming from a run background and not having swum for 10 years is hard, but having the pandemic has given me the time to put my head down and work hard.”

What’s next for Beth Potter?

Having missed out on Tokyo 2020, Potter will no doubt have one eye on Olympic qualification for Paris 2024 over the next couple of years.

The Commonwealth Games will understandably be a huge target, too. Potter was the first triathlete to be announced for Team Scotland, with others to be announced in May.

With the likes of Flora Duffy, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Sophie Coldwell also vying for honours, it won’t be an easy task, but few would be surprised to see her on the podium after her performances at the end of 2021.

How to stay updated with Beth Potter’s season

You can stay updated with all of Potter’s progress by following her on Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

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