GB elite Aaron Harris has been rewarded for his 2014 performances, including sixth at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with a move into British Triathlon’s Podium squad.
Harris, 26, joins the Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonathan and regular World Triathlon Series top-ten finisher Adam Bowden on the men’s top-tier team, while there are no surprises for the women’s Podium squad: Jodie Stimpson, Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins and Vicky Holland.
With qualification for Rio 2016 in their sights, British Triathlon has picked a further 14 athletes for its Podium Potential squad, though Scotland David McNamee and England’s Katie Hewison aren’t included, having both retired from international triathlon.
Hewison’s departure makes way for Jessica Learmonth to join the squad, after taking bronze at the Madrid ETU European Cup last September. Speaking to 220 recently, McNamee said that he chose to quit ITU racing as qualifying for Kona 2015 is “the dream I had to chase”.
British Triathlon’s 2015 World Class Programme is as follows:
Adam Bowden, 32, Loughborough
Alistair Brownlee, 26, Leeds
Jonathan Brownlee, 24, Leeds
Aaron Harris, 26, Loughborough
Vicky Holland, 29, Leeds
Helen Jenkins, 30, Bridgend
Non Stanford, 26, Leeds
Jodie Stimpson, 25, Oldbury
Marc Austin, 20, Stirling
Gordon Benson, 20, Leeds
Tom Bishop, 23, Leeds
Mark Buckingham, 29, Leeds
Miles Burton, 18, Bath
Morgan Davies, 20, Loughborough
Matt Sharp, 25, Bath
Grant Sheldon, 20, Stirling
Sophie Coldwell, 19, Loughborough
Lucy Hall, 22, Leeds
Jessica Learmonth, 26, Leeds
Sian Rainsley, 17, Coventry
Lois Rosindale, 24, Leeds
Georgia Taylor-Brown, 20, Leeds
This year’s World Triathlon Series gets underway in just seven weeks’ time with its first-ever visit to Abu Dhabi on March 6-7, and the World Cup gets going with a trip to Mooloolaba, Australia on March 14. For the complete race calendar head to the ITU website.
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(Image: Janos Schmidt)
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