Sian Rainsley

Sian began triathlon at the age of just seven and has won medals at European junior and U23 level. She is currently based at Leeds Triathlon Performance Centre.

Sian has won silver at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (2014) as well as ETU U23 Mixed Relay gold (2017) and several ETU U23 and Elite Women podium finishes, including bronze at the Kecskemét ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup.

Sian competed in and won her first ever multisport event aged seven. It was an Aquathlon event in Coventry and she has been winning races ever since. As a former English Schools 1500m Champion and National 1500m Champion, it is no surprise that Sian’s strongest event in triathlon is the run. She also represented England Junior girls at cross country in 2011 - her first international vest. She has been part of the Dame Kelly Holmes’ 'On Camp with Kelly' programme for talented middle-distance athletes (Non Stanford has also been part of this).

Her first international triathlon was in 2013. She helped Great Britain to win the European Junior Mixed Relay in that year as well as competing in the ITU World Championships in Hyde Park, London.

In 2014, aged 17, she won a silver medal competing for Team Europe in the Mixed Team Relay event at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China. She also finished 8th in the individual event, representing Team GB. She has also won medals in European Cup and Championship events.

At the age of 18, Sian was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She has continued to deliver high class results despite a disease that can, at times, be debilitating.

Major Results

Date Event Position
7th Sep 2019 2019 Banyoles ITU Triathlon World Cup 41st
18th Aug 2019 2019 Kecskemét ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup 3rd
14th Jul 2019 2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup 14th
13th Jul 2019 2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup 14th
13th Jul 2019 2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup 12th
23rd Jun 2019 2019 Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup 19th
2nd Jun 2019 2019 Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships 6th
18th May 2019 2019 Olsztyn ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup 13th
20th Oct 2018 2018 Eilat ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships DNF
14th Sep 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 15th
16th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 9th
6th Aug 2017 2017 Velence ETU U23 Triathlon European Championships 1st
6th Aug 2017 2017 Velence ETU U23 Triathlon European Championships 1st
5th Aug 2017 2017 Velence ETU U23 Triathlon European Championships 3rd
1st Jul 2017 2017 Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Premium European Cup 13th
26th Mar 2017 2017 Gran Canaria ETU Triathlon European Cup 7th
16th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 45th
2nd Jul 2016 2016 Holten ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 3rd
28th May 2016 2016 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships 7th
22nd Mar 2015 2015 Quarteira ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 8th
27th Sep 2014 2014 Alanya ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 2nd
17th Aug 2014 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 8th
19th Jul 2014 2014 Geneva ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 6th
20th Jun 2014 2014 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 28th
17th May 2014 2014 Weert ETU Triathlon European YOG Qualifier 6th
30th Mar 2014 2014 GBR Sprint Duathlon National Championships 7th
12th Sep 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final London 22nd
31st Aug 2013 2013 Eton Dorney ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 8th
11th Aug 2013 2013 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 8th
10th Aug 2013 2013 Tiszaujvaros ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 6th
27th Jun 2013 2013 Holten ETU Triathlon U23 and Youth European Championships 3rd
16th Jun 2013 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
14th Jun 2013 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships 12th
12th May 2013 2013 Vierzon ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 7th

Her full return to the sport was in 2017 where she recorded two successive podiums at the Velence ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships, winning and individual bronze and a Mixed Relay gold. She finished the year with a 9th place finish in the U23 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam, racing alongside Sophie Coldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown.

Sian was able to record several top fifteen finishes in 2019 including a bronze medal at Kecskemét in the ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup. She also featured in the British Mixed Relay team that finished sixth at the Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships in June.

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