British Triathlon confirm new Performance appointments

Ben Bright and Brendan Purcell to lead British Triathlon’s Rio Olympics campaign

British Triathlon is delighted to announce the appointment of Brendan Purcell as the new Performance Director, and Ben Bright as the new Head Coach to work alongside Brendan.


Brendan has worked with elite sports programmes for over ten years, including a role leading High Performance Diving in Australia. He then joined the GB Canoe Sprint programme prior to the 2008 Olympic Games, and at the London 2012 Olympics, he led the coaching team supporting the successful medal-winning GB Canoe Sprint team.

Ben, a previous Junior World Triathlon Champion himself, coached a number of World Championship winning triathletes before taking on the role of Men’s Olympic Coach within the British Triathlon Olympic Performance Group – a group created in May 2011 to focus solely on the British Triathlon Olympic Squad and who helped successfully guide the squad to British Triathlon’s best ever results in the Olympic Games.

Brendan Purcell said:

“It’s a great opportunity and I am delighted to have been offered and accept the job. Over the next few months, I will spend time listening to those who currently already make a significant contribution to triathlon. I also intend to use the knowledge I’ve gained from my involvement in other world-class programmes combined with the outstanding development triathlon has already made in Britain to help provide the structure that enables British elite triathletes to achieve gold medal-winning performances.”

Ben Bright said:

“I’m tremendously proud and excited to be given this opportunity.  The success the team achieved in London is a fantastic launch pad and the aim for the next cycle is to continue to support those athletes who have performed so well in the past, whilst at the same time developing the next generation to become Olympic medallists.”


Start dates for both positions are currently being finalised, but will be early in the New Year. These positions are supported and funded as part of the Lottery funded World-Class Programme by UK Sport.