Lois retires from World Class triathlon


Lois Banks, formerly Rosindale, has announced her retirement from elite triathlon at the age of 25. The Leeds based World Class Lottery Funded athlete is a former European U23 champion and competed for Great Britain in the ITU World Triathlon Series around the world.

Banks came to triathlon from gymnastics, won international medals as a duathlete and had her talent recognised by Malcolm Brown in Leeds. She progressed to winning the Cremona ETU European Cup in 2012 as well as achieving a top five finish at the Banyoles ITU World Cup in the same year.

The following year she won the European U23 title in Holten, Netherlands, and in 2014 was fifth at the senior European Championships in Kitzbuhel. Due to injury she has not raced since 2014 and has taken the decision to retire on health grounds.

She said: “I have been so lucky to get the opportunity to travel the world doing what I love, and it's been an honour representing Great Britain on numerous occasions.”

She added: “I am undertaking a personal trainer course, which will create opportunities for me within the health and fitness industry.”

British Triathlon Performance Director, Brendan Purcell, commented: “Lois has been a big part of the training environment in Leeds and will be missed. We all wish her well, and are sure that her experience of competing for Great Britain at the highest level will help her excel in her next career.”

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