Triathlon Scotland announced the selected performance squads for the 2017-18 season:
Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon who are currently on the British Triathlon World Class Podium Potential programme remain with Triathlon Scotland. 2016 World University Champion Sheldon’s 2017 season best was 10th position at the World Triathlon Series Edmonton. Austin has had a consistent year, with top results including 13th place at the World Triathlon Series Leeds. Both train at the University of Stirling High Performance Centre, with Marc continuing to be self coached, and Grant coached by Gordon Crawford for a second year.
In the Development squad, Douglas Roberts has now left the performance pathway and is looking to move to long distance racing. Fergus Roberts has also left, but is continuing to race ETU Cup level and will be training at the University of Stirling High Performance Centre. He will also be joining the Triathlon Scotland Events and Marketing Team as a communications intern, starting at the end of month.
Erin Wallace and Iona Miller will take the step up from last year’s Confirmation squad after a great year of competitions. Iona gained experience with two victories at French Grand Prix (Division 2) and 2nd overall in the Junior Super Series . Erin was also successful in the Junior Super Series where she finished third in the overall standings.
Returning to the Development squad are Julie Nimmo, Cameron Main and Cameron Harris. Julie raced well internationally achieving top 20 results in both European and World Cup competitions in 2017, despite a disrupted season due to injury. Cameron Main recorded a 23rd place finish in a strong field at the ETU European Junior Cup in Zagreb with Cameron Harris achieving a first place podium position in the Hetton Lyons British Super Series event and was on the podium at the ETU European Junior Cup, Holten.
New to the Development squad this year is Beth Potter. Beth combines both triathlon and athletics where she is a 10,000m athlete. In an incredible debut year, Beth’s running ability proved to be priceless in the Funchal Sprint Triathlon European Cup in September when she was able to come back from a minute behind at the start of the run leg to eventually complete the race in first place. Beth currently trains out of Leeds, with coaching support from Jack Maitland.
The Confirmation squad will see a number of familiar faces in returning athletes Kate Gallacher, Sophia Green, Guy Evans-Haggerty and Josh Hendry. All have shown great potential throughout the season and Sophia and Guy gained great experience racing together for Stirling II in the Accenture Nottingham Mixed Team Relay Cup. Kate enjoyed travelling to Tiszaujvaros to race at the ETU Triathlon Youth European Championships. Moving up from the Academy squad to join the Confirmation squad is Andrew Rolland and Lauryn Turnbull. We look forward to watching their progress this coming season.
Triathlon Scotland Paratriathlon
In Paratriathlon, Paralympic silver medallist and West Lothian Triathlon Club member Alison Patrick (PTVI) continues in the squad. Following Rio, Alison has enjoyed success with the British Para-Cycling team (silver and bronze medals at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships). She also had an epic performance in the ETU European Standard Distance Championships in Kitzbühel, where despite a puncture on the bike, Alison (with guide Nicole Walters) secured a fourth place finish in the race.
Coming into the squad is Paralympic Gold medal winning hand-cyclist Karen Darke (PTWC), from Triathlon Inverness. Karen has had a fantastic international season including a gold medal at the Iseo – Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup. Karen is aiming to be selected for Gold Coast 2018 to represent Team Scotland. Karen is supported with triathlon specific coaching from Euan Stirling.
Alison Patrick – Dunfermline
Karen Darke – Inverness
World Class Podium Potential
Marc Austin – Glasgow
Grant Sheldon – Blantyre, Hamilton
Beth Potter – Glasgow (Unattached)
Cameron Harris – Stirling (Stirling Triathlon Club)
Cameron Main – Elgin (Moray Firth Triathlon Club)
Erin Wallace – Newton Mearns (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Iona Miller – Kilmacolm (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Julie Nimmo – Stirling (Stirling Triathlon Club)
Andrew Rolland – Edinburgh (Edinburgh #3)
Guy Evans-Haggerty – Glasgow (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Josh Hendry – Glasgow (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Kate Gallagher – Stirling (Stirling Triathlon Club)
Sophia Green – Elgin (Unattached)
Lauryn Turnbull – Glasgow (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Ben MacMillan (Stirling Triathlon Club)
Calum Byrne (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Calum Young (Unattached)
Carrie Banks (Stirling Triathlon Club)
Ciara Roulston (Unattached)
Clare Wallace (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Daniel Saunders (Unattached)
Emma Calder (Fleet Feet Triathletes)
Hamish Armitt (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Heather Barnes (Unattached)
Isla Britton (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Jack Patton (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Jennifer Murray (Unattached)
Kate Richardson (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Kyle Howie (Stirling Triathlon Club)
Kyra Gibb (Stirling Triathlon Club)
Lily Jane Evans-Haggerty (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Neil Hepburn (Edinburgh #3)
Rebecca Eggeling (Fleet Feet Triathletes)
Sam MacInnes (Unattached)
Sarah Fyffe (Edinburgh #3)
William Taylor (Borders Triathletes)
Picture: British Triathlon