In an evening aimed at celebrating an outstanding summer of success for British Triathlon, Alistair Brownlee was named 2009 Olympic Athlete of the Year and British Triathlon Male Athlete of the Year.
The prestigious awards rounded off an exceptional season for the Yorkshire athlete who was triumphant at five Dextro Energy Triathlon --ITU World Championship Series races and crowned World Champion on Australia's Gold Coast in September.
The 21 year old commented after receiving his award at the British Triathlon Annual Awards Dinner held on Saturday 14 November: "It's fantastic; it's great to win all these awards."
When asked about his plans for 2010 Alistair was keen not to rest on his laurels adding: "[I want to] win the European Championships, it's one thing I didn't manage to win this year. That would be great [and I would like to] carry on getting experience and build up, on the road to 2012."
Andy Hunt, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association, "Alistair Brownlee has had an incredible season, winning five ITU World Championship Series races and ultimately the World Championship title. His attitude and commitment to the sport is inspiring. With no fewer than four medals, including two World Champions from the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Australia, the future of triathlon looks bright in the run up to London 2012 Olympic Games."
It was a double celebration for the Brownlee family, with younger brother and ETU Triathlon Junior European Champion Jonathan winning British Triathlon Junior Athlete of the Year. Elder brother Alistair said: "It's fantastic for both of us, we are competing most days in training and at the end of the day it just brings us both along and makes us who we are."
The evening also recognised triathlon's high profile female achievers. Helen Jenkins won the British Triathlon Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in succession following four top five finishes in the Dextro Energy Triathlon --ITU World Championship Series including a bronze medal in the Grand Final and top five world ranking position.
Helen who now lives in Wales commented: "It's great. It's the second year I have won it, so I didn't really expect it again. It's nice to be recognised by the people who are in the British Triathlon Federation. It's been a great year for triathlon [with] so many World Champions and gold medals over all disciplines - it's a privilege to be a part of that. We all just go out there and train as hard as we can every day, and this is the good bit that's comes after all that training. There is a good atmosphere in British triathlon at the moment in general and hopefully that will carry on."
Hollie Avil, 19 years of age won the British Triathlon Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award, following a phenomenal season winning gold in the women's ITU Triathlon U23 World Championships.
Hollie commented after receiving her award: "It was a big shock, but I forget I am still a Junior at 19 and it's nice to be reminded of that when you are racing up there with the Seniors. I have just enjoyed racing at the Senior level and U23, getting more experience in the bag, and really can't wait for the next three years up to London."
Following the awards presentations, guests were entertained by after dinner speaker and now fellow triathlete, rowing double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell.
A full list of Award winners can be found below:
British Triathlon Annual Award Winners
British Triathlon Male Elite Triathlete of the year --Alistair Brownlee
British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the year --Helen Jenkins
British Triathlon Male Junior Triathlete of the year --Jonathan Brownlee
British Triathlon Female Junior Triathlete of the year --Hollie Avil
British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the year --Phil Graves
British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the year --Chrissie Wellington
British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the year --Richard Hobby
British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the year --Catriona Morrison
British Triathlon Club of the Year --Ful on Tri
British Triathlon Event of the Year - Deva Divas Ladies Triathlon
Corus British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year --Chris Goodwin
Corus British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the year --Clare Cunningham
British Triathlon Male Age Group Triathlete of the year --Nick Dunn
British Triathlon Female Age Group Triathlete of the year --Parys Edwards
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the year --Ian Jones
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Young Volunteer of the year --Caitlin Simon
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the year --Rob Moore
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the year --Lynda Chase
Taut British Duathlon Ranking Series Overall Male Winner --Lee Piercy
Taut British Duathlon Ranking Series Overall Female Winner --Emma Dews
Taut British Triathlon Ranking Series overall Male Winner --Carl Shaw
Taut British Triathlon Ranking Series overall Female Winner --Danielle Stewart
About the Olympic Athlete of the Year Award
Introduced in 2005, to mark the British Olympic Association's (BOA) Centenary Year and the success of the 2012 Olympic Games being awarded to London, the BOA presented a trophy to each of the 35 Olympic Governing Bodies for them to award on an annual basis to their top Olympic Athlete.
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 and overarching British matters including relationships with the International Federation, the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Triathlon is a sport that is inclusive, empowering and life changing. A dynamic, attractive and exciting sport from youth to senior and Olympic level. Triathlon also provides opportunities for Paratriathletes and Age-Group participation. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. For more information visit: www.britishtriathlon.org/
About Corus -- Sponsors of British Triathlon Annual Awards:
Corus British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year
Corus British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the year
As the corporate partner of the British Triathlon Federation, Corus is committed to the development of Britain's triathletes from grassroots level through to potential Olympic champions. The company has been involved with triathlon since 2006 and has helped British Triathlon build an environment which enables people of all abilities to participate in the sport. Corus places a strong emphasis on community-based projects, in particular the popular Corus Kids of Steel events, which have introduced triathlon to thousands of schoolchildren of all ages. Corus has also supported the British Triathlon Super Series, which provides opportunities for Britain's best triathletes to compete against their peers from around the world. Corus' involvement has also stretched to playing a significant role in making triathlon more inclusive, working closely with the British Triathlon Federation in developing world leading Paratriathlon practices and competition.
Leigh Day & Co -- Sponsors of British Triathlon Annual Awards:
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the year
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Young Volunteer of the year
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the year
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the year
Leigh Day & Co solicitors are exclusively retained by the British Triathlon Federation to provide a first class legal service for their members. Their experienced cycling and sports legal team represent cyclists and sports people who have been injured in sporting activities, whilst training, enjoying leisure pursuits or whilst commuting to work. Even relatively minor injuries can have a significant effect, particularly on high achieving sports people, and can ruin months or even years of training. Their lawyers focus on rehabilitation so that clients can work towards getting back to their pre-accident quality of life and activities as quickly as possible.