Guernsey Triathlon, supported by the Ana Leaf Foundation,is pleased to announce the naming of the triathlon squad representing the island in the 2015 NatWest Island Games in Jersey.
The squad has been chosen and named at an early stage having held both qualification races relatively early in the season. This will now ensure the squad has a clear focus on training 10 months in advance of the games.
The team will consist of two ladies, seven men and one junior development place.
*Pippa Inderwick* (subject to achieving time criteria)
Mark Naftel, president of the Guernsey Triathlon Club said: “This is an exciting team and an opportunity to build a strong squad for the Guernsey Triathlon Club.
“James Travers has not been beaten locally for some time.He took a win in Jersey, was third in his age group and joint seventh overall in Liverpool. He has also qualified to race for Great Britain in the world age group championships. Ben has recently returned to race at a top level after some time away from the sport, winning our second selection race at Pembroke last weekend.
“We have a mix of youth and experience in this squad, Alan is a great competitor and also acts as a coach and mentor to some of the team. He should also be a medal contender in his own right on the right day.”
Gower is the only member of the squad to have represented Guernsey in Bermuda last year, whilst Rowe has represented Guernsey in both triathlon and athletics at a number of previous Island Games and at the higher level of Commonwealth Games.
For the ladies it will be a first Island Games for both Magda and Amy who have performed well this year.
“I’m sure they will both work hard over the winter to increase their already impressive performance levels,” said Naftel.
The Guernsey Triathlon Club is fortunate to have generous sponsorship from the Ana Leaf Foundation to assist athletes at all levels within the club. In addition Generali Worldwide, through the Guernsey Island Games Association,has awarded the Guernsey Triathlon Club with a bursary which it is using specifically for triathlon specific swim coaching. The club is bringing Stephen Bailey, a widely acclaimed ‘Swim Smooth’ coach over from the UK in early October to assist with the squad’s swim training.
Team manager Simon March, himself a member of the 2013 Games team in Bermuda, said: “The club is sending a squad that is capable of winning medals at the 2015 NatWest Island Games. The selection process began earlier this summer with two races earmarked to meet set criteria for the games team and competition for those places has been very tough. This was great to see as it demonstrates the quality of our athletes and the commitment to excelling at their sport. The depth of the squad is evident. Spearheaded by the on-form James Travers, fresh from placing high in his age group in Liverpool, and a fine win at the Deva triathlon earlier in the year. He will be looking to place well in Jersey.”
“As it stands, the squad is probably the strongest that Guernsey has sent to an Island Games competition and I am confident that these guys will not disappoint. It will be a privilege to watch their hard work pay off representing Guernsey on the main stage next summer,” said Naftel.