Photograph courtesy of Dave Tyrrell / British Triathlon
Loughborough triathlon trio receive London 2012 call up
15 June 2012
Loughborough triathletes Lucy Hall, Stuart Hayes and Vicky Holland have been announced by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as three of the six triathletes officially selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Games.
Lucy is a current Loughborough College student who, after spending her fresher year working with Loughborough Triathlon Head Coach Gavin Smith, has made a name for herself as one of best swimmers and most promising young athletes in the sport.
Vicky is a Loughborough University graduate who studied Human Biology. She took up the sport during her first few weeks on campus. She has been a consistent performer in the ITU World Triathlon Series this year.
Vicky and Lucy, who are both making their Olympic debuts, are joined in the team by the current world number one Helen Jenkins.
Stuart, a long term member of the British squad, has used Loughborough as his UK base during the triathlon season for several years, and will do so gain in the build up to the London 2012 Games.
The men’s team is led by current world champion Alistair Brownlee who will be competing alongside his younger brother, Jonathan, who finished 2011 as the world number two.
Speaking about the announcement Lucy Hall said:
“When I got the call to say I’d been selected to go to the Olympic Games I was so excited! To be able to tell people that I’m part of Team GB makes me incredibly proud, and I plan to make the most of this amazing opportunity to compete at a home Olympics.”
Stuart Hayes said:
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity be part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I was born and grew up in London, so to be part of a very strong British triathlon team at a home Games is a dream come true.”
Vicky Holland said:
“I’ve dreamed of going to the Olympic Games for twenty years. To be part of Team GB is an amazing feeling and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me. We have such an opportunity to do something amazing this summer and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Chris Earle Director of Sport at Loughborough University said:
''Lucy has made outstanding progress since coming to Loughborough and it is fantastic news that she has made the Olympic team. She's worked so hard for this, is always focused in training, and has shown dedication and self- belief that few can match.
“Stuart has been a great performer on the ITU circuit and a regular visitor to Loughborough over the years with the Team Dillon squad. It is great to see his efforts have been rewarded with the call up.
“Finally congratulations to Vicky, who has shown consistently she is amongst the best in the world, and started her journey in the world of triathlon at Loughborough. We wish them well alongside the rest of the team."
Team GB will have a full complement of three male and three female triathletes in Hyde Park this summer, where the women’s and men’s competitions will take place on 4th and 7th August respectively.
Great Britain has made outstanding progress in the sport of triathlon since the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008, and Team GB will be looking to record their first ever Olympic triathlon medals at London 2012.