Speaking when the scholarship was launched, Alistair Brownlee said: “We both really appreciated how the University of Leeds supported us during our time here, enabling us to juggle our education and training commitments, so we were able to enjoy the best of both worlds.”
Johnny Brownlee has also explained how the University’s support made a significant difference: “Both of us received scholarships from the University. I was allowed take my exams all over the world when I was qualifying for the Olympics and I could split my final year in two, which meant I could concentrate on training as a full time athlete.
"We trained at The Edge at least twice a week. The fact that the pool and gym were on site when we were studying made it so much easier to fit training in.”
Gordon Benson, the third member of the team, is currently reading for a BSc in Nutrition, and also credits the University with helping him succeed: “My mind and heart were set on Leeds so I enrolled on nutrition, and from the first couple of weeks I thought ‘Yeah, I’m into this’. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of support from the Uni. It’s almost a welcome distraction sometimes."
As well as the men’s TeamGB squad announced today, two of the three members of the women’s team regularly train at the University's facilities: Non Stanford and Vicky Holland both plough through hundreds of lengths each week to remain in peak condition.
It is widely regarded as the leading triathlon programme in the world, and Stewart Ross, Leeds' Director of Commercialisation and Campus Support believes the quality of its coaching is the reason why so many of the athletes who regularly train there have secured TeamGB places.
The centre currently supports around 80 athletes in their aspirations to become the best in the world, 14 of which are part of an elite training squad. Between 2009 and 2014, athletes from Leeds won 17 medals in Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championships.
In addition to supporting individual students with potential to reach the pinnacle of their sport, the University of Leeds’ academic staff also carry out research into the effects on triathlon competition on elite athletes.
In addition, the University’s Sport and Physical Exercise Service provides extensive support for students interested in triathlon sports.
Peter Le Riche, University of Leeds press office, 0113 343 2049 | email@example.com
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