2023 Triathlon Season Review


There were plenty of highlights for the sport of triathlon and for British athletes in 2023. We’re going to take a look back at some of the standout moments.


The year started with British Triathlon announcing six brand new Yellow Jersey Age-Group Ambassadors. Yiannis Christodoulou, Helen Godfrey, Kate Hutchinson, Megan Powell, Tom Radley and David Vogwell were the Age-Group Team members selected out of over 350 applicants. As Age-Group Ambassadors they acted as role models to other triathletes and championed the sport in a variety of ways including sharing their progress on social media.   


The season started with the 2023 Arena Games Triathlon in Montreal. Jack Stanton-Stock was the standout British performer as he finished third.  


British triathletes led the way at World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi. In the women’s race it was a British 1-2 as Beth Potter took gold ahead of teammate Sophie Coldwell. In the men’s race Alex Yee climbed on to the top step of the podium.  


The final round of the Arena Games Triathlon season kicked off April with British paratriathletes also in action in London. Louis Rolfe, Finley Jakes and Collin Walace all won paratriathlon gold in their respective categories, while Beth Potter took gold in the final race of the Arena Games Triathlon Series.  

The next generation of British talent also got their first racing experience of the season as the British Triathlon Super Series got underway. The Performance Assessment weekend saw Youth and Junior athletes complete a swim on the Saturday before completing a bike and run the following day.  


Yokohama played host to the next round of the World Triathlon Championship Series season, with Sophie Coldwell winning a Championship Series race for the first time, adding to her silver medal in Abu Dhabi. The Japanese city also hosted the first World Triathlon Para Series race of the season with Colin Wallace winning PTS3 silver.  

May proved to a be busy month as it also played host to World Triathlon Championship Series Cagliari. For the third straight race in a row a British women stood on the top step of the podium as Georgia Taylor-Brown took gold, as did Alex Yee for the second time following Abu Dhabi. 


The European Championships kick-started the summer and although the race was changed to a duathlon due to water quality issues, it didn’t stop the Brits putting on a show as they won six medals in the elite races.  

Claire Cashmore left Madrid as European Champion with a convincing win in the women’s PTS5 race, while Dave Ellis guided by Luke Pollard (Men’s PTVI), Mel Nicholls (Women’s PTWC) and Michael Salisbury (Men’s PTS5) won silver.  Hannah Moore was a bronze medallist in the women’s PTS4 as well.  
Jonny Brownlee also picked up his first medal of the season as he came second in the Spanish capital.  

As well as the elite athletes being in action in Madrid,the Great Britain Age-Group Team were also in action and they came away with 83 medals, 28 of which were gold.  

Beth Potter continued to show her quality as she won World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal, ensuring Britain’s 100% record in the women’s races in the series.  


Triathlon’s involvement at this year’s European Games at the start of July saw a mixed relay team of Connor Bentley, Sian Rainsley, Barclay Izzard and Sophie Alden win silver for Team GB in Krakow.  

Back-to-back World Triathlon Para Series then followed, with Lauren Steadman claiming silver in the women’s PTS5 race, while Oscar Kelly, guided by Charlie Harding, also came second in the men’s PTVI race in Montreal.  

At World Triathlon Para Series Swansea, where the race was an aquathlon, Oscar Kelly and Charlie Harding again won a silver medal, this time behind British teammates Dave Ellis and guide Luke Pollard. In the women’s PTS5 race, two Brits made the podium as Claire Cashmore finished second, ahead of Lauren Steadman who took home a bronze medal. Mel Nicholls was on the podium in the women’s PTWC race as she finished third, while Hannah Moore picked up a silver medal in the women’s PTS4 race.  

The British Triathlon Super Series kicked off proceedings in Swansea with the best British paratriathlon talent given the chance to showcase their ability in a competitive race on the same course as the elite athletes.  

That same weekend saw Alex Yee and Beth Potter both finish third at World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg. The month ended with another World Triathlon Championship Series race, this time on home soil in Sunderland where a mixed relay team of Max Stapley, Beth Potter, Barclay Izzard and late entrant Jess Fullagar won a silver medal.  

Sunderland also saw British Triathlon launch the brand-new Swim Bike Run initiative, with the BIG Swim Bike Run and Swim Bike Run Mini giving individuals and families the opportunity to get involved in the sport of triathlon, some for the very first time. The British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships also took place in Sunderland, giving triathletes the chance to be crowned British Champion while racing on the same course as those  in the World Triathlon Championship Series.  


All eyes were on Paris in August for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Test Event where Beth Potter and Alex Yee stood on the top step of the podium in the individual triathlon races. The paratriathlon was changed to a duathlon due to adverse water quality readings, but the Brits were still on the podium as Dave Ellis and Luke Pollard (Men’s PTVI) took gold and Claire Cashmore silver (Women’s PTS5). 
The mixed team relay was also changed to a duathlon where the British Team made up of Kate Waugh, Alex Yee, Beth Potter and Barclay Izzard won a silver medal.  


The World Triathlon Championship Finals, World Triathlon Para Championships and World Triathlon Age-Group Championships in Pontevedra were a key date for a number of Brits. Beth Potter won in Spain to be crowned world champion while Kate Waugh secured her first ever World Triathlon Championship Series medal by coming second.  

Dave Ellis and guide Luke Pollard were also crowed world champions in the men’s PTVI race. In the women’s PTS5 race both Claire Cashmore and Lauren Steadman made the podium coming second and third respectively.  

The World Triathlon Age-Group Championships were also held in Pontevedra with British athletes competing across aquabike, super sprint and standard distance races. Across the three disciplines the British Age-Group team came away with 55 world championship medals. 

As well as world champions being crowned, September also saw the British Triathlon Super Series come to a close as Mallory Park Hosted the Grand Final. October  
Kate Waugh was crowned Super League Triathlon Championship Series winner with a second-place finish in Neom in October. In the men’s race Alex Yee finished third to cement third place in the overall standings.  

In the world of long distance triathlon ,Lucy Charles Barclay was named IRONMAN World Champion with victory in Kona, Hawaii. She led the race from the start, breaking the course record as well as recording fastest swim and bike times. 


November saw Vicky Holland return to the podium in her fourth race back after giving birth earlier in the year. Off the racecourse, Beth Potter and Alex Yee were the first triathletes selected for Team GB to head to Paris. British Triathlon also announced that Ruth Daniels would succeed Andy Salmon as CEO from the end of January 2024. 

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