Fiona Lothian, Triathlon Scotland, is honoured for her many and varied contributions to triathlon and duathlon in Great Britain.
Hailing from the golfing Mecca of St Andrews, she made her name in a much tougher sport as an elite duathlete. She won the ITU Duathlon World Series in 1995, following up with a silver medal in the ETU Duathlon European Championships in 1997 and bronze in the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 1999.
Building on her winning ways as an athlete, Fiona trained as a coach, and instigated the development of several successful Scottish junior triathlon squads. Four of the five junior boys in the GB Team competing at the ETU European Junior Triathlon Championships in 2001 were Scottish and so too were two of the four who went onto to represent Great Britain at the ITU Triathlon World Championships. Her protégés at that time included Fraser Cartmell and Ewan Mulhearn. She has also coached national champions and medallists in the youth girls category.
Fiona has been a stalwart supporter of triathlon and duathlon in Scotland, as well as Great Britain. Not only as an elite athlete and an elite coach but she has also served on the Board of Triathlon Scotland on two occasions, and in various roles, including President and Director of Performance. Notwithstanding her role as a Performance Director in another Olympic sport, Fiona’s passion and enthusiasm is undiminished and she is still winning, becoming European Duathlon Champion in 2007 in her Age-Group.