At tonight’s British Triathlon Awards Dinner, two of those medal winners, Peggy Crome (70-74) and Roger Witz Barnes (25-29) were awarded the British Triathlon Female and Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year award.
Peggy has been a member of the GE Great Britain Age-Group Team for many years and always shows true team spirit, offering support and guidance for newcomers with her customary smile. Peggy has won many medals over the years, with her most recent achievement, a gold medal at the 2012 ETU Sprint Distance Triathlon European Championships in Eilat in April.
Peggy was delighted to be recognised, and was keen to encourage others to take up the triathlon challenge. She said: “Just do it, so many people look at it with an event, as a whole, instead of thinking I can do this one step at a time, anybody can do it.”
Roger Witz Barnes was unable to attend tonight’s Awards Dinner, however his achievements are no-less impressive winning gold at the ITU Standard Distance Age-Group Triathlon World Championships. The 28-year-old handled rough waters, strong winds and energy sapping hills in New Zealand better than all of his fellow competitors, not only being the winner of his age-group but also delivering the fastest time of the day to finish first overall male.
This season the GE Great Britain Age-Group Team has won an impressive 67 gold, 55 silver and 59 bronze medals. Next year’s 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final London will host the ITU Age-Group Triathlon World Championships, creating the unique opportunity for age-group athletes to compete in front of friends and family in London’s iconic Hyde Park. To find out more about this event and how to qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group Team, visit: www.britishtriathlon.org/london-2013
A full list of Award winners can be found below:
British Triathlon Annual Award Winners
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year – Helen Jenkins
British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Gordon Benson
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Leanda Cave
GE British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Stephen Bayliss
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year – Lucy Gossage
British Triathlon Event of the Year – CELTMAN
Tata Steel British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Faye McClelland
Tata Steel British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Iain Dawson
British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Peggy Crome
British Triathlon Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Roger Witz Barnes
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – Aimee Stocker
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year – Sarah Taylor
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the year – Andrew Bullock
Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition – Men’s Olympic Triathlon Team