International triathlon star and Leeds local hero, Jess Learmonth, is calling on the public to make their pledge to volunteer at two of Great Britain’s prestigious triathlon events next year.

The 2018 double Commonwealth Games silver medallist revealed that British Triathlon is now on the hunt for 500 Tri Maker volunteers to play a key role in the successful delivery of the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds and Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham, taking place 8-9 and 15 June 2019, respectively.

The announcement was delivered at a volunteer celebration evening in Leeds, paying tribute to the key individuals who have brought the sport to life in the city following the first instalment of ITU World Triathlon Leeds in 2016. The evening marked the official opening of volunteer applications for both UK legs of the series next season, where close to 100,000 spectators will gather to watch the world’s best in action over the two weekends.

Earlier this year, hundreds of individuals had the unique opportunity to go truly behind the scenes of both events by becoming Tri maker volunteers, with 72% of Leeds Tri Makers saying they would definitely be back again to make more memories in 2019.

Learmonth finished 8th in Leeds this year and was keen to emphasise the important role volunteers play at the event. She said:

“Volunteers are absolutely pivotal in the success of the ITU World Triathlon Series events in Leeds and Nottingham and play a crucial role in helping things run smoothly. It’s a great opportunity for the public to get even closer to the racing experience so I’d encourage anyone to sign up for 2019.”

In six months’ time, the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds begins a week-long triathlon extravaganza on 8-9 June with the world’s best triathletes arriving in Millennium Square to take on the best of Britain in a race to collate all-important points for their ITU World Triathlon Series tally. Triathlon superstars from around the globe will then head to the East Midlands to team up for the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham on 15 June. The event acts as one of three global Mixed Relay Series events in 2019, with nations looking to bag themselves qualification the first ever Olympic Triathlon Mixed Relay medal in a 2020.

There are a huge variety of volunteer roles available, including, customer services roles, helping to look after the elite and mass participation triathletes, supporting swim start, transition and the finish line experience, supporting spectators, distributing passes to everyone working on the event, or working in the media centre to assist the many journalists and photographers from across the world, who will be covering the action over the week.

Everyone who signs up to become a volunteer Tri Maker will receive a free t-shirt, refreshments and a truly unique opportunity to be involved in one of Britain’s most prestigious triathlon events.

Tri Makers must be aged 16 or over, with 16 and 17-year-olds requiring parental permission before signing up.

To find out more about the range of opportunities available in Nottingham and Leeds or to sign up and take part, please visit the respective event websites: https://leeds.triathlon.org/volunteer or https://nottingham.triathlon.org/volunteers/