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BTF confirm World Class programme

BTF confirm World Class programme

Squad focuses in on prep for London 2012

British Triathlon has confirmed 25 athletes for its 2012 and 2016 programmes, and 16 young athletes for the Olympic Talent Squad. World Champions Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins lead the way, along with ITU Sprint Triathlon world champion, Jonathan Brownlee, as the squad focuses in on preparations for London 2012.

Athletes who are new to the programme include Mark Buckingham and Matt Gunby, who have successfully graduated from trigold, the scheme funded by Barrie Wells. Buckingham was recently recognised as the GE British Triathlon Elite Duathlete of the Year at British Triathlon’s Annual Awards event, whilst Gunby won a second ITU Duathlon U23 world silver medal in Gijon in September.

Nineteen year old Lucy Hall joins the programme having had a breakthrough year. Her exceptional swimming speed saw her exit the water first against senior opposition at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series events in Hamburg, Lausanne and Yokohama. She also won gold as part of Great Britain’s junior mixed relay team at the ETU European Championships.

Hall was recognised as British Triathlon’s Junior Female Triathlete of the Year, whilst Gordon Benson, 17 from Leeds, won the male junior award and will now also be part the squad having previously a member of the Olympic Talent squad.

Leeds based Non Stanford and Lois Rosindale are new additions having had successful seasons in races around the world. Talented junior Maddie Winzer from Richmond, also joins.

The Olympic talent squad includes members of the GE Great Britain Triathlon teams that won medals at both the ETU European Junior and Youth championships. Marc Austin, Miles Burton, Sophie Coldwell and Ellen McArthur were all medal winners along with Gordon Benson.

Olympic Performance Group Manager, Malcolm Brown, commented: “The 2012 squad is focused on delivering our target of one Olympic medal next summer, but we are also looking to the next Olympic cycle, having selected athletes who we think have the potential to make an impact in Rio in 2016.”

British Triathlon Performance Athletes 2011-12

2012 Squad

Liz Blatchford, 31, Loughborough (Born Winslow, grew up Gold Coast)

Vicky Holland, 25, Swansea (Hometown Gloucester)

Helen Jenkins, 27, Bridgend

Kerry Lang, 35, Glasgow

Jodie Stimpson, 22, Oldbury, West Midlands

Alistair Brownlee, 23, Leeds

Jonny Brownlee, 21, Leeds

Will Clarke, 26, Loughborough (Hometown Cambridge)

Tim Don, 33, Milton Keynes (Hometown Isleworth)

Stuart Hayes, 32, London

Olympic Academy Squad

Lucy Hall, 19, Loughborough (hometown Lutterworth, Leicestershire)

Lois Rosindale, 21, Leeds

Non Stanford, 22, Leeds (Hometown Swansea)

Tom Bishop, 20, Leeds (Hometown Derby)

Adam Bowden, 29, Loughborough (Hometown Loughborough)

Aaron Harris, 23, Loughborough (Hometown Overton, Hampshire)

Todd Leckie, 24, Eastbourne (Hometown Hailsham, East Sussex)

David McNamee, 23, Leeds (Hometown Irvine)

Matt Sharp, 22, Loughborough (Hometown Enfield)

Olympic Foundation Squad

Lucy Chittenden, 20, Loughborough (Hometown Fleet, Hampshire)

Maddie Wizner, 17, Richmond

Gordon Benson, 17, Leeds

Mark Buckingham, 26, Loughborough (Hometown Holmfirth)

Matt Gunby, 23, Loughborough (Barnack, Lincolnshire)

Rio Squad

Hollie Avil, 21, Loughborough (Hometown Bugbrooke, Northampton)

Olympic Talent Squad 2011-2012

Sophie Coldwell, 16, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Sky Draper, 16, Northwood, London

Ellen McArthur, 16, Wetherby

Sian Rainsley, 14, Coventy

Nicole Raymond, 18, Brentwood

Georgia Taylor Brown, 17, Droysldon, Manchester

Ellie Walton, 15, Bracknell

Marc Austin, 17, Glasgow

Miles Burton, 15, Bath

Gordon Benson, 16, Leeds

Simon Cooper, 17, Tiverton, Devon

James Davis, 18, Upminster, London

Morgan Davies, 17, Porthcawl, Wales

Iestyn Harrett, 18, Glynneath, Wales

Josh Harris, 18, Newport, Wales

Finlay Rae, 16, Ayr

Grant Sheldon, 17, Hamilton

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.

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