University of Leeds Triathletes

Triathletes

at The University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is proud to be associated with professional triathletes such as Olympic Champions Alistair and Johnny Brownlee as well as a host of current student athletes with world-class ambitions. Find out more about them here.

Alistair BrownleeAlistair Brownlee MBE

23/04/1988

University of Leeds
Sports Science and Physiology (2010)

Whilst studying at the University of Leeds Alistair was supported by the Leeds Sport, Sports Scholarship Programme, helping him to balance his studies with training and competing as an elite athlete.

Major Achievements

  • Olympic Champion – London 2012
  • Commonwealth Champion – Glasgow 2014
  • European Champion – 2014
  • ITU World Champion – Beijing 2011

Early Sporting Career

Alistair has always been very active and started swimming from a young age in local swimming schemes in Yorkshire. This was followed by running school cross country races at the age of nine and mountain biking with his family. His uncle Simon Hearnshaw was already into Triathlon and suggested the opportunity to compete in a junior series, Alistair never looked back and has won countless medals along the way.

Jonny BrownleeJonny Brownlee

30/04/1990

University of Leeds
History (2012)

Whilst studying at the University of Leeds Jonny was also supported by the Leeds Sport, Sports Scholarship Programme helping him to balance his studies with training and competing as an elite athlete.

Major Achievements

  • Olympic Bronze Medallist – London 2012
  • ITU World Champion – 2012
  • ITU Sprint World Champion – 2011
  • ITU Sprint World Champion – 2010

Early Sporting Career

Jonny followed in the footsteps of his older brother Alistair, running in cross country races, swimming in his local pool and mountain biking with his friends and family. Jonny competed in the European Junior Championships two years after his brother aged 14.

Gordon BensonGordon Benson

12/05/1994

University of Leeds
Nutrition (Current Student)

Gordon is a current University of Leeds Sports Scholar and is supported by the Leeds Sport, Sports Scholarship Programme helping him to balance his studies with training and competing as an elite athlete.

Major Achievements

  • European Champion – Baku 2015
  • ITU World Championship Mixed Relay Champion – 2014
  • ETU European U23 Champion – Penza 2014
  • ITU World U23 Bronze Medalist – 2014

Early Sporting Career

Gordon was a keen runner and swimmer growing up in Leeds and due to his strong running and swimming ability he was invited to the Triathlon Regional Academy. He was voted as the British Elite Junior triathlete of the year in 2011 and 2012 and has gone on to win the European Games representing Great Britain.

Jana MachacovaJana Machacova

26/02/1996

University of Leeds
French and Japanese  (2019)

Jana is one of our athletes supported by the Leeds Sport,  Sports Scholarship Programme, helping her to balance her studies with training and improve to carry her junior success into U23 competition.

Major Achievements

  • Tabor ETU Junior Cup Winner – 2015
  • Châteauroux ETU Junior Cup Winner– 2015
  • 2nd Overall in the European Cup – 2015

Early Sporting Career

Jana, who represents the Czech Republic at international competition, started her sporting life as a swimmer aged 8. She then started triathlon aged 12 and achieved a lot of success at junior level, winning multiple European Cups. Jana made the decision to move to the University of Leeds in September 2015 to train at the Leeds Triathlon Centre.

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