Triathlon success celebrated at the 2012 British Triathlon Annual Awards.
The British Triathlon Annual Awards dinner took place on Saturday 17 November at the National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands. Following a fantastic year for triathlon, the awards gave both elite and age-group athletes, race organisers and officials, volunteers and triathlon enthusiasts the chance to celebrate their own success and the success of the sport throughout 2012.
One of the most memorable moments from 2012 has to be the success of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alistair Brownlee was recognised for his gold medal-winning performance and awarded the Olympic Athlete of the Year Award and GE British Male Elite Triathlete of the year for the fifth successive year. The men’s Olympic triathlon team of Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee and Stuart Hayes were awarded the prestigious Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition.
Helen Jenkins also put in a superb performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games finishing fifth in a spectacular women’s race brought down to a photo finish between Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden. Jenkins was awarded GE British Triathlon Female Elite athlete of the year, also recognising her winning performance at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego.
As well as Olympic success, 2012 has been a fantastic year for Great Britain’s long-distance athletes. Leanda Cave became the first woman to achieve the ‘double’ and win both the 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas and the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. She was awarded GE British Triathlon Female Long Distance Triathlete of the Year.
Stephen Bayliss was awarded GE British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year for his victories at Challenge Vichy and Challenge Henley and bronze at the 2012 Roth ETU Challenge Long Distance Triathlon Championships.
A great year for Great Britain’s young triathletes saw Georgia Taylor-Brown become 2012 ETU Junior Triathlon European Champion and ITU Junior Duathlon World Champion and Gordon Benson achieve three top five performances in ETU Triathlon Junior World Cup events in 2012. They were awarded GE British Triathlon Female and Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year.
The GE British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year went to Lucy Gossage for her gold medal performance at the 2012 Horst ETU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon European Championships and Silver at the 2012 Zofingham ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships.
The GE British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year went to Mark Buckingham for the second successive year.
The success of the GE Great Britain Paratriathlon Team, winning five world titles at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, was also celebrated. Faye McClelland won the Tata Steel British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year award for her continuing success in the Tri 4 category and Iain Dawson won the Tata Steel British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year for his gold medal-winning performances in both the European and World Championships in the Tri 6 category. The Paralympic team now has an exciting journey ahead of them as paratriathlon prepares to make its Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Age-group athletes Peggy Crome (70-74) and Roger Witz Barnes celebrated winning British Triathlon Female and Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year. Peggy has won many medals as part of the GE Great Britain Age-Group team including gold at the 2012 ETU Sprint Distance Triathlon European Championships and was delighted to be recognised. Roger celebrated victory at the ITU Standard Distance Age-Group Triathlon World Championships, not only winning his age group but also finishing first overall male in the fastest time of the day.
Coaches, Volunteers and Officials were also recognised by the Leigh Day and Co. British Triathlon Workforce Awards. Aimee Stocker has been volunteering in the sport for three years, is a technical official and Level 1 triathlon coach and has been regularly supporting local events and novice training sessions. She was awarded the Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year Award.
Andrew Bullock was awarded the Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the Year. Andrew is a Level 3 triathlon coach with over 10 years of experience. He is also a British Triathlon Coach Educator and is Head Coach of Bristol and District Triathletes, a club he has grown over eight years to a team of over 20 coaches delivering 18 sessions a week for club members.
Sarah Taylor was awarded the Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year award. Sarah supports local events and is regularly involved as a technical official at events including the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon and officiating abroad for the International Triathlon Union. Sarah was also named as one of the 10 National Technical Officials at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Local events play a crucial part in providing athletes with the chance to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. The British Triathlon Event of the Year award was awarded to Celtman. Held in the Wester Ross area of Scotland, this is an event that requires athletes to complete a sea-loch swim, tough road cycle and mountainous run and is quickly becoming a “must do” event for triathletes from up and down the country.
British Triathlon Annual Award Winners
Olympic Athlete of the Year –Alistair Brownlee
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year – Helen Jenkins
GE British Triathlon Male Elite Triathlete of the Year – Alistair Brownlee
British Triathlon Female Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Georgia Taylor-Brown
British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Gordon Benson
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Leanda Cave
GE British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Stephen Bayliss
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year – Lucy Gossage
GE British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year – Mark Buckingham
British Triathlon Event of the Year – CELTMAN
Tata Steel British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Faye McClelland
Tata Steel British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Iain Dawson
British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Peggy Crome
British Triathlon Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Roger Witz Barnes
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – Aimee Stocker
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year – Sarah Taylor
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the year – Andrew Bullock
Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition – Men’s Olympic Triathlon Team
Gold Pin Awards: Catriona Morrison, Jack Maitland, Glenn Cook, Dave Bellingham, John Lunt and Andrew McBarne
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