A team of 270 GE Great Britain Age Group Team triathletes are set to compete in the 2011 Beijing ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships across sprint and standard distance events on 10 and 11 September 2011.
The qualification process for both sprint and standard distance GE Great Britain Age Group Teams took place in 2011, with the Eton Half Distance, Speedy Beaver Triathlon and the QE2 Sprint Triathlon all providing tough tests for the sprint distance qualifying athletes.
In the standard distance event, it was the Bridge Triathlon, Shropshire Triathlon and Dambuster Triathlon that provided the qualification hurdle for triathletes who had registered their intent to qualify.
In the sprint event, there are 160 triathletes all aspiring to bring home gold from Beijing. There are many new faces in the GE Great Britain Age Group Team, but there will also be some experienced triathletes who can ensure they have their best chance of success. There will be four returning world champions from Budapest in 2010 including Elizabeth Bullivant (30-34), Gaelle Lebray (35-39) and Georgina Jennings (65-69) in the female event and Michael Dunne (60-64) in the male event.?
In the standard distance race there are 110 triathletes racing with two returning medallists including 2010 British Triathlon Male Age Group Athlete of the Year, Colin Dixon (40-44) and Grahame Leitch (25-29).?
Colin Dixon who talked to British Triathlon earlier this year is looking forward to the challenge of Beijing commenting: “I am delighted that I will be joining the GE Great Britain Age Group Team in China. The best part of being part of the team is just wearing your GB strip and knowing you’re representing your country. You’ve done all the hard work and the reward is flying the flag. Winning a medal is icing on cake!”
Follow all the age group action on www.triathlon.org.