2018-2019 Squads Announced14th Dec 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
We are pleased to announce the full Triathlon Scotland squads for the 2018-19 season.
Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon who remain on the British Triathlon World Class Podium Potential programme remain also with Triathlon Scotland. 2016 World University Champion Sheldon’s 2018 season best was 17th at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and three top ten ITU World Cup finishes. Austin, following his remarkable bronze medal performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games ended his season at the European Championships in Glasgow where he crashed on the bike and finished the race, but tests later revealed that he had suffered a small spinal fracture.
Both train in Scotland with Marc splitting his time between Glasgow and overseas camps and will continue to be self coached, with Grant coached by Gordon Crawford for a third year.
In our Development Squad, Erin Wallace, Beth Potter and Iona Miller return for a second year, and are joined by Sophia Green and Kate Gallagher from the Confirmation squad after a great year of competitions.
Both Beth and Erin represented Scotland at the Gold Coast Commonwealth games, and Beth then achieved silver at the Antwerp ITU World Cup while Erin completed her season also with a silver medal at ITU World Junior Championships. Sophia had a very active race season and achieved a bronze medal at the Riga ETU European Junior Cup to add to her two Britsh Super Series medals.
Julie Nimmo decided to retire from elite triathlon in July following a persistent elbow injury. The last 18 months had been very tough, 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. She therefore took the hard decision to step away from high performance sport. We wish Julie all the best for the future.
Cameron Main and Cameron Harris return for a second year and are joined by Guy Evans-Haggerty stepping up from the Confirmation squad.
Both Cameron Main and Guy had a strong finish to the season with Guy 2nd overall in the British Super series and 2nd at the Alanya ETU European Junior Cup. Main had three top eight ETU Junior Cup finishes and he achieved a silver medal at the first ever junior Super League.
The Confirmation squad retains Andrew Rolland and stepping up from the Academy squad are Calum Young and Hamish Armitt alongside Kate Richardson and Heather Barnes who complete the squad.
Josh Hendry has now left the squad to take up a cross-country scholarship at Wofford College in the USA and Lauryn Turnbull has also stepped back from triathlon to concentrating on swimming with her club, Stirling Swimming. We wish them both the best of luck for their future sporting careers.
All have shown great potential throughout the season, in particular Calum Young who travelled to Buenos Aires to compete the Youth Olympic Games where he was 10th.in the individual event and 4th in the mixed team relay event.
Triathlon Scotland Paratriathlon
In Paratriathlon, Paralympic and World silver medallist and West Lothian Triathlon Club member Alison Patrick (PTVI) continues in the squad.
Karen Darke who represented Scotland at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games finishing 4th is currently focusing on cycling and more adventurous challenges around the world!
Head of Performance Fiona Lothian said:
“It is exciting to see great depth in our squads and numerous step ups across the performance pathway. The commitment from our athletes and the dedication of all of our coaches is starting to have an impact, with more athletes than ever racing at British Super Series and European Cup level.
“It was really encouraging to end the season to see 9 different athletes on BSS podiums and 8 athletes getting ETU Junior cup starts in 2018 and I look forward to working with all of our athletes and our coaching team over the next 12 months.”
There have been changes to coaching staff with Bex Milnes moving to the Lead Paratriathlon Coach post with British Triathlon and Andrew Woodroffe completing his sportscotland coaching apprenticeship programme and being appointed to the new University of Stirling Performance Coach role.
Crawford Whyte continues to lead on the Academy squad, and has had his hours increased to support the performance centre delivery. Evan Oliphant has added a cycle specific focus to the coaching team and is also supporting the Confirmation Squad.
Recruitment is currently underway for a Lead Performance Coach. More information about this post can be found here.
BTF Paralympic Podium Squad
Alison Peasgood (Née Patrick)
BTF Olympic Podium Potential
Beth Potter (Unattached) trains Leeds Performance Centre
Cameron Harris (Stirling Triathlon Club) trains University of Stirling Performance Centre
Cameron Main (Moray Firth Triathlon Club) trains University of Stirling Performance Centre
Erin Wallace (Fusion Triathlon Club) trains Glasgow
Guy Evans-Haggerty (Fusion Triathlon Club) trains University of Stirling Performance Centre
Iona Miller (Fusion Triathlon Club) trains Loughborough Performance Centre
Kate Gallagher (Stirling Triathlon Club) trains University of Stirling Performance Centre
Sophia Green (Moray Firth Triathlon Club) trains University of Stirling Performance Centre
Andrew Rolland (Edinburgh #3)
Calum Young (Unattached)
Hamish Armitt (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Kate Richardson (Fusion Triathlon Club)
Heather Barnes (Unattached)
To read about our Academy Squad selection, click here.