Julie Nimmo to step down from elite triathlon3rd Jul 2018 | Written by Dougie Cameron
After a tough 18 months following a major elbow injury, Development Squad member Julie Nimmo has made the decision to hang up her tri suit and take a step back from elite level triathlon.
Julie has made a huge contribution to the Triathlon Scotland Performance Pathway in the way she has committed to the programme, been a role model for younger athletes and taken on the role of athlete representative.
A keen swimmer from a young age, Julie picked up cross country running at primary school. Enjoying her swimming and running, Julie heard about triathlon and entered her first race during her first year at High School.
Julie competed for Scotland in the 2009 Inter Regional Championships team and was then selected to the Triathlon Scotland Foundation Squad (now called the Academy Squad) in 2011, before being selected for the Girls for Gold Coast Squad in 2015 where she was first coached by Lead Performance Coach, Bex Milnes and has continued to work with Bex throughout.
She was then selected to the Development Squad in 2016 and had a breakthrough year, with top 10 international finishes at the 2016 Holten ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup (9th) and 2016 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup (6th).
In 2017, Julie competed in her first year as a senior over international races with results including an early season top 20 at the 2017 Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup (17th) but unfortunately had a training accident while cycling and severely broke her elbow.
The last 18 months have been very tough for Julie, as she has worked on her rehabilitation to the limit and made several returns to fitness, but the contact nature of the swim means her elbow is always at risk of further knocks and following participation in the Holten ETU Triathlon European Cup last weekend, where she was unable to finish for this reason, Julie has taken the decision to step away from high performance sport.
Now Julie is committed to completing her final year at the University of Stirling where she is studying for a BA in Sports Studies and we hope her involvement as a member of Grangemouth Triathlon Club, continues for many years to come.
You can keep up with Julie’s adventures going forward on via Instagram @julienimm0 and everyone at Triathlon Scotland wishes Julie all the best for her final year of studies and her future endeavours.