Leeds Dominates Olympic Triathlon Team

With less than 60 days to go until Rio 2016 British Triathlon have announced who will represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games this summer and all three men are from the University of Leeds.

The men’s team includes defending Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonny who are both alumni of the University of Leeds. The third and highly contested spot in the team has been given to current student Gordon Benson who will be competing at his first Olympic Games this summer. The GB team will be aiming to better their double medal haul of Gold and Bronze at London 2012.

Alongside the men’s team will be Non Stanford, Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins who make up the GB women’s team. Non and Vicky are part of the Leeds Triathlon Centre alongside Alistair, Jonny and Gordon. This elite training centre for top triathletes in the UK is a collaboration between the University of Leeds, British Triathlon, and Leeds Beckett University which gives athletes access to the best coaches, facilities and training environments to achieve their world class ambitions.

Leeds will have the chance to see these great athletes in action on Sunday when the ITU World Triathlon Series comes to the city. With the full men’s team, Non and Vicky set to race against the worlds elite.

“The investment the University of Leeds has made over the last 5 years has placed us at the forefront of world triathlon, in terms of training facilities and coaching as well as the opportunities for our students to study a world-class degree and be engaged with the sport at every level”

Patrick Craig, Assistant Head of Sport at The University of Leeds

 

Find out more about how the University has supported these athletes throughout their studies here.