London’s top junior triathletes were treated to a special visitor at one of their recent training sessions.
Former World Champion and current BBC Commentator Annie Emmerson recently attended a London Region Junior Squad (LRTS) training session at Shepperton Lake.
The LRTS is a special group of the top 50 young triathletes across the London region. The squad meets monthly and there’s tough competition for selection. Members are aged between 11 to 16 with an even split of males and females.
Emmerson got fully involved with the training session, observing and encouraging from the sidelines and then led a core stability session. She gave an inspiring talk, telling her story from junior to top-level triathlete, with a few insights into how the World Series has changed since she was racing – notably that there was no drafting back then, so the racing dynamics were different. She took questions from the enthusiastic youngsters before presenting each with a hoody from Tribe Junior, which is supporting the squad this year.
Squad member Ryan Mullen, age 12 was delighted to listen to Annie. “Annie answered questions and told us about her own competitions and it was really interesting to listen to her. We were then were presented with our new hoodies, which look really good and it made me feel very proud to be part of such a great team”
Tribe Junior is a young company providing triathlon kit specifically for junior triathletes. It’s offering a wide selection of kit from some of the leading brands, including wet suits, tri suits and accessories.
“We are really pleased and excited to be involved with the London Region Junior Squad and we congratulate them all in reaching such a high level. We wish them all the best for the coming race season.” Said Matt Blake-Pead from Tribe Junior.
Gaining a place on the LRTS is fiercely contested and the envy of club members all over London. Selection is made at the end of each season based on performances in the Junior Series. For more information on the London Squad visit the homepage: http://www.triathlonengland.org/london/athletes/london_juniors/london_junior_training_squad
Report Written by Jim Desmond