Olivia Mathias

Olivia, who is based in Loughborough, represented Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and secured silver medals at the 2019 ITU U23 World Championships.

Olivia has achieved a lot for such a young athlete, with several top-five finishes in U23 ITU World Championship Grand Finals (2016, 2018, 2019). She has also taken gold in the Elite Women division at the 2019 Olsztyn ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup as well as a number of Junior ETU European Series gold medals (2014, 2015, 2016).

Originally from near Newark in Nottinghamshire, Olivia is now a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World Class squad and is coached by Adam Elliott. She qualifies for the Welsh team because her dad is Welsh. She completed her A levels in June 2017 at the Girls Grammar School in Grantham and started at Loughborough University in October 2017 studying Industrial Design.

She got involved with Newark Athletics Club having grown up watching her mum run, and she is still a member now. Her parents took her to a learn to swim group before joining Newark Swimming Club.

Her first triathlon was completed on a mountain bike in Nottingham and she then joined 4Life Tri Club. She credits a 4Life training camp in the Alps with having established her cycling skills. She joined the East Midlands Academy at the age of 12 and was invited to be part of the England Talent Squad in 2012.

Recording her first gold medal in 2014 at the Penza ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships, Mathias’ medal-winning from continued into the following year with a silver in the Youth European Championship at Banyoles and a 1st place finish at Tiszaújváros, where she beat out fellow Great Britain team member Owen Bronwen by 12 seconds. In 2016, Olivia competed in her first Grand Final. She travelled to Portugal and returned with a silver medal for her involvement with Great Britain’s Mixed U23-Junior Relay team.

Olivia was added to the World Class performance squad for the 2018 season having achieved some impressive junior results in 2017, including sixth at the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam. In 2018 she stepped up to U23 level, and the longer, Olympic distance racing seems to suit her.

Major Results

Date Event Position
1st Sep 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne 2nd
30th Aug 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne 2nd
14th Jul 2019 2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup 8th
13th Jul 2019 2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup 8th
13th Jul 2019 2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup 4th
2nd Jun 2019 2019 Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships 6th
31st May 2019 2019 Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships 8th
18th May 2019 2019 Olsztyn ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup 1st
5th May 2019 2019 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup 6th
24th Mar 2019 2019 Huelva ETU Triathlon European Cup and Iberoamerican Championships 4th
21st Oct 2018 2018 Eilat ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships 2nd
20th Oct 2018 2018 Eilat ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships 3rd
16th Sep 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 4th
14th Sep 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 13th
18th Aug 2018 2018 Lausanne ITU Triathlon World Cup 26th
20th Jul 2018 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships 5th
17th Jun 2018 2018 Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup 49th
2nd Jun 2018 2018 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup 23rd
7th Apr 2018 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 6th
15th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 6th
5th Aug 2017 2017 Malmö ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup 5th
23rd Jul 2017 2017 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 3rd
22nd Jul 2017 2017 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 4th
16th Jun 2017 2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 5th
17th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 2nd
16th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 17th
2nd Jul 2016 2016 Holten ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 1st
28th May 2016 2016 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships 14th
3rd Apr 2016 2016 Quarteira ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup DNF
8th Aug 2015 2015 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 1st
8th Aug 2015 2015 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 11th
26th Jul 2015 2015 Banyoles ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships 2nd
12th Jul 2015 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships 7th
4th Jul 2015 2015 Holten ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 11th
22nd Mar 2015 2015 Quarteira ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 12th
29th Jun 2014 2014 Penza ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships 1st
17th May 2014 2014 Weert ETU Triathlon European YOG Qualifier 29th

She won individual and Mixed Relay medals at European U23 level to finish a successful 2018 season in which she was part of the Wales Mixed Relay Team that finished 6th at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Olivia had a consistent 2019 with a series of top ten finishes, including victory at the Olsztyn ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup as well as two silver medals in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Lausanne in U23 Women and the Mixed U23-Junior Relay.

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