Triathlon Scotland Academy Squad Announced

25th Oct 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson

After a selection weekend early in September, where 35 young triathletes attended, 18 were successfully selected to be a part of the 2018-2019 Triathlon Scotland Academy (7 girls and 11 boys).

Following the trials, the first winter camp of the season brought the squad back to Meigle, Perthshire for a second year. Athletes had the opportunity to get to know each other and train together with Team Manager and Head of Performance Fiona Lothian, Academy Coach Crawford Whyte, Academy Squad support coaches Euan Stirling and Kevin MacArthur, and guest coach, Fergus Roberts.

“The Scottish Academy Camp was a great success, we have a very exciting group of motivated young athletes in the Academy Squad.” In particular the standard of bike skills and group riding has stepped up since last year. Fiona Lothian Head of Performance.

As part of the weekend Triathlon Scotland got to know the squad too, and we asked them about their experience in triathlon and their future aspirations.

Fusion Triathlon Club member Callum Byrne, studying at Balfron High School and sights Mallory Park as his favourite race, was delighted to be selected and said that being part of the Academy is “fun”. Callum enjoys PE and is interested in a career with the army.

Kyra Gibb, a member of Central Athletics Club as well as Stirling Triathlon Club studies at Dunblane High School and has her career sights set on Sport Science. She is “excited for new opportunities” and hopes one day to make it to the European Championships.

Lewis Anderson who races for Project 3 and attends Garnock School is inspired by Vincent Louis and has aspirations to race in European and World Championships. He thinks that being part of the Academy squad is “fun and offers good training.”

Project 3 triathlete Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty swims for the City of Glasgow and lists her favourite race as the Youth European Championships Festival as it was “an amazing experience racing for GB”. She is looking forward to the new opportunities the Academy Squad will bring.

We asked about their career goals, and some were pretty impressive such as dentist, accountant, pilot, scientist and even a member of the SAS! It was encouraging however to read that many of our new squad members wanted to pursue a career in sport in the future. Hopefully for some this will mean a career in professional sport, as a triathlete, sport scientist or coach.

When asked if they were to receive one million pounds, how would they spend it, it was no surprise to learn than most youngsters would buy a new bike (or bikes for some) and go on holiday! One philanthropic youngster however wrote that they would give half to a sporting charity. Great to read!

Speaking about the weekend Fiona Lothian said: The Scottish Academy Camp was a great success, we have a very exciting group of motivated young athletes in the Academy Squad. In particular the standard of bike skills and group riding has stepped up since last year.”

Academy Coach Crawford Whyte said:

“The academy weekends focus on a mixture of education and physical training based around the BTF Athlete Development Framework, and the main objective of the first camp was around the pillar ‘Intelligent Training’. We kicked this off with discussion on Friday night about different intensities of training, and this theme ran throughout the weekend where it will continue to be a big focus for the winter.”

He also added:

“A big thank you to the coaching team, they brought an exceptionally high level of coaching to the camp.”

The full list of academy athletes can be found below.

Anna Hedley, East Fife Triathlon Club
Anya MacLean, Fusion Triathlon Club
Callum Byrne, Fusion Triathlon Club
Callum Miller, Glasgow Triathlon Club
Cameron Kerr, Stirling Triathlon Club
Carrie Banks, Stirling Triathlon Club
Ciara Roulston, Unattached
Daniel Saunders, Unattached
Gregory McVicker, Unattached
Jack Patton, Fusion Triathlon Club
Jessica Turnbull, Fusion Triathlon Club
Kyle Howie, Stirling Triathlon Club
Kyra Gibb, Stirling Triathlon Club
Lewis Anderson, Project 3
Lily-Jane Evans-Haggerty, Project 3
Sam Glass, Edinburgh #3
Struan Benne, Unattached
William Taylor, Borders Triathletes

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