British Triathlon has confirmed the 11 athletes who will make up the 2012 Elite Multisport Squad for the upcoming season including current world champions Katie Hewison and Rachel Joyce.
The squad, financed by membership income from the Home Nations and administered by British Triathlon aims to support athletes who demonstrate genuine potential to win medals at ITU World Championship level in the non-Olympic multisport events. The squad concentrates on duathlon and long distance triathlon and comprises three levels: Duathlon Professional, Duathlon Development and Long Distance Professional.
Current ITU Duathlon World Champion, Katie Hewison has been named on the Duathlon Professional squad and is joined by Richard Hobby, Phil Wylie and Matt Moorhouse. Katie entered multisport from the trigold programme back in 2009, and after graduating in 2010, went onto win the 2011 GE British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year award.
Katie commented: “Last year was an amazing experience to win my first world title in Gijon since coming into the sport from trigold back in 2009. To be named on this year’s Elite Multisport Squad will really support me as I strive to retain my duathlon title in Spain in what will be a great year for everyone involved in our sport.”
Rachel Joyce, holder of the ITU Long Distance Triathlon world title is named as a member of the Long Distance Professional squad. Rachel won gold in the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Henderson last year, and added an impressive fourth-place finish in the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championships behind two fellow Brits: Chrissie Wellington MBE and former standard distance ITU Triathlon world champion Leanda Cave.
Former ITU Duathlon world champion, Catriona Morrison joins Rachel on the Long Distance Professional squad alongside Mark Threlfall and Nicholas Ward Munoz, an athlete who recorded a top-15 finish at last year’s ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships
The third level is the Duathlon Development squad and includes well-known age-group athlete Danielle Stewart who has made the jump to elite duathlon in 2012 after winning both European and world age-group duathlon titles in 2011. Exciting youngsters Rhys Park and George Schwiening, who both represented the GE Great Britain Team in ITU World and ETU European Duathlon Championships last year, will join Danielle.
Chris Kitchen, Director for Performance is delighted in the new squad announcement commenting: “With two reigning world champions and some promising youngsters included within the squad, 2012 promises to be an exciting year for the Elite Multisport Squad. British Triathlon is committed to supporting British elite multisport athletes in the non-Olympic disciplines and aim to celebrate their successes in 2012.”
Duathlon Professional Squad
Duathlon Development Squad
Long Distance Triathlon and Duathlon Professional Squad
Nicholas Ward Munoz