Brownlee victorious at World Series Triathlon event in Leeds
Olympic gold-winning former Leeds Beckett student, Alistair Brownlee, who graduated in 2013 after studying MSc Finance, repeated last year's achievement of a British one-two, with four of the top five finishers representing Great Britain.
The Brownlee brothers, racing in their hometown, opened a lead in the cycle ride, before Alistair ran clear in the run to win in one hour, 46 minutes and 51 seconds.
As well as Leeds Beckett being one of the sponsors of the event, up to 100 students were given volunteer roles including supporting the athletes on the course, working in registration, swim start, transition, wayfinding and the transport team.
Second year BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy students also offered physiotherapy and massage support to competing athletes, under the guidance of Dr Philomena Commons and Jason Hynd, Senior Lecturers in the School of Clinical & Applied Sciences.
Former Leeds Beckett Director of Sport and Honorary Doctor of Leeds Beckett, Malcolm Brown, currently coaches Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, alongside the University’s Head Triathlon Coach, Jack Maitland.
Alistair became the first British athlete ever to earn an Olympic medal in Triathlon. He moved away from Yorkshire aged 18 to study medicine at Cambridge University, but returned to Leeds after just a term, realising his calling as a professional athlete.
Back in Yorkshire, Alistair completed a degree in Sports Science and Physiology at the University of Leeds before joining our University for his master’s degree.
“Most of my stand out memories from Leeds Beckett are from some killer training sessions on the track and in the pool,” adds Alistair. “I was fortunate enough to be able to pursue an area of study that interested me in a flexible manner to accommodate my sport, which was perfect.
“I did have some really enjoyable time studying there as well – I was lucky to have some really understanding tutors which helped me through my course.”
Leeds Beckett will be hosting stands at both the City Centre and Roundhay Park Expo events, where visitors will be able to access more information about studying at Leeds Beckett.
Jude Palmer, who was the official behind-the-scenes photographer for the 2014 Tour de France opening stages in Yorkshire, has now been commissioned by Leeds Beckett, British Triathlon and partners to capture a year in the life of the world’s most successful triathlon city – Leeds.
The project, A Season of Triathlon – Leeds and Beyond, will see Jude been granted access to both training and competitions and will capture the essence of what makes the centre and its athletes so successful. She will follow the progress of athletes from Yorkshire Regional Academy right through to elite athletes performing on the international stage, as well as depicting the working lives of the teams of coaches and support staff whose vital efforts often remain undocumented.
To see more of Jude Palmer’s work, see www.judemediaagency.com.