British Triathlon has named an interim UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Performance squad for 2013. With a major focus on performances at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final on home soil in London next September, the squad has its longer term sights on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The squad will be in place until the end of March 2013, and will be confirmed for the rest of the 2013 season once the new National Performance Director, Brendan Purcell, takes up his post in the New Year.
Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and ITU World Champion Jonathan Brownlee feature in the squad alongside former double ITU World Champion, Helen Jenkins. All three athletes contributed to Britain’s best ever Olympic performances in Hyde Park this summer, and will have the opportunity to return to the same venue next September to challenge for world titles.
London 2012 Olympians Lucy Hall and Vicky Holland also feature in the squad, along with U23 World Champion, Non Stanford and Jodie Stimpson, who finished fifth in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Auckland last month.
Seventeen-year-old Sophie Coldwell is a new addition to the squad, having stepped up from the Olympic Talent Squad.
Senior athletes Will Clarke, Tim Don, Stuart Hayes and Liz Blatchford will be supported by British Triathlon in recognition of their achievements during their exceptional careers, and the significant role they can continue to play in the future success of the sport.
World Class Podium Squad
Alistair Brownlee, 24, Leeds
Jonathan Brownlee, 22, Leeds
Vicky Holland, 26, Gloucester/Swansea
Helen Jenkins, 28, Bridgend
David McNamee, 24, Irvine/Leeds
Non Stanford, 23, Swansea/Leeds
Jodie Stimpson, 23, Birmingham
World Class Podium Potential Squad
Gordon Benson, 18, Leeds
Tom Bishop, 21, Derby/Leeds
Adam Bowden, 30, Loughborough
Mark Buckingham, 27, Holmfirth/Loughborough
Sophie Coldwell, 17, Nottingham
Lucy Hall, 20, Loughborough
Aaron Harris, 24, Loughborough
Lois Rosindale, 22, Leeds
Matt Sharp, 23, Enfield/Loughborough
Georgia Taylor Brown, 18, Manchester/Leeds