British Triathlon is pleased to announce the GB U23 World Triathlon Championship Team that will travel to the 2009 Gold Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships on 11 September, 2009.
Last week’s winner of the Junior Mazda London Triathlon, Hollie Avil from Bugbrooke, will travel to the Gold Coast aiming to repeat her Junior World and European titles won in 2007 at U23 level. The 19 year-old is a member of British Triathlon’s lottery funded World Class Programme, and has regularly competed at Senior Elite level including the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series and ETU Triathlon European Championships, finishing sixth in Holten.
Newly crowned British Triathlon Super Series Champion, Jodie Stimpson from Birmingham will join Avil on the start line and be confident of a strong performance. The 20 year-old is an Olympic Foundation Squad member and will be looking to repeat her silver medal success at the ETU U23 Triathlon European Championships earlier this year.
The final member of the Women’s team is 23 year-old Vicky Holland from Gloucester, who will be making her first appearance at a major championship since 2005.
In the Men's GB team, Loughborough based, Aaron Harris aged 21 will look to continue his domestic form where he finished runner-up in the British Triathlon Super Series and narrowly missed out on a podium place at the Mazda London Triathlon. Like Stimpson, Harris is also an Olympic Foundation Squad member.
David McNamee aged 21 from Stirling will make his first appearance at an International Championships and will be looking to build on his impressive debut performance in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuhel event.
Heather Williams, Performance Director at British Triathlon commented: "The GB U23 World Triathlon Championship Team has some very talented triathletes, who are already competitive on a senior level. In 2008, Alistair Brownlee won gold in the Men's U23 event and this year I am confident that we have the athletes to repeat this in Australia."
About British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Super Series which promotes the sport through exclusive coverage on Channel 4. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. (www.britishtriathlon.org)