British age-groupers win 21 medals in Auckland
GE Great Britain Age-Group Team celebrate success in New Zealand
Issue ID: December 2012
The GE Great Britain Age-Group Team has celebrated winning 21 medals including six gold yesterday (Monday 22 October) in the sprint and standard distance triathlon races at the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand.
British Triathlon Director for Age-Group Teams, Malcolm Westwood was delighted with the performances commenting: “I’m immensely proud of the whole team for the way they’ve represented Great Britain. Their team spirit has been tremendous all week and the medal haul is impressive in view of the strong competition from New Zealand and Australia, including Roger’s outstanding performance as fastest male overall and Laura as third fastest female.
“Auckland has made us very welcome and we’ve responded with fair play and great sportsmanship. We’ll all be travelling home with happy memories of a successful World Championships and already looking forward eagerly to our own home Championships next year.”
The standard distance race delivered six medals in the ITU Age-Group World Championships including gold medals for Roger Witz Barnes (25-29) and Laura Siddall (30-34).
Caroline Whittaker (50-54) added silver to her gold medal won at the European Championships in Eilat earlier this year with Sarah Barrett (65-69) also winning a silver medal in New Zealand.
There were four bronze medals won by members of the GE Great Britain Age-Group Team with Dan Plews (30-34), Anna Turvey (30-34), Beverley Childs (55-59) and Graham Plews (60-64) all celebrating on the podium.
In the sprint distance race, the GE Great Britain Age-Group Team celebrated 13 medals in total with four gold medals won by Michael Parsons (20-24), Stacey Penn (30-34), Phil Holland (35-39) and Mike Trees (50-54).
Four silver medals were won by Heather Sellars (20-24), Oli Mahony (25-29), Ian Le Pelley (35-39) and Christine Souksmith (55-59).
The final medallists from what has been a successful ITU Age-Group World Championships were Paul Ryman (30-34), Steve McKeown (40-44), Jacqui Phillips (45-49), Carole Hughes (55-59) and Barbara Walton (60-64).
The GE Great Britain Age-Group Team also won 11 medals in the ITU Age-Group Aquathlon World Championships including two gold, two silver and seven bronze.