4 Jul 2019

Alumnus set for European and World Triathlon Championships at age 70

Jeremy ‘Jem’ Lawson is preparing to compete in the triathlon for Great Britain at the age of 70. 

Jem will be competing in the 70-74 age group at the European Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships in Kazan, Russia, at the end of July. At the end of August, he will compete in the World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Jem will be competing despite having osteoarthritis, and is keen to encourage others to keep active for as long as they can:

“The best the doctors can tell me is that I'm able to keep going because I've never stopped!

“I want to encourage everyone to keep as active as they possibly can for all of their lives.”

Jem graduated from Loughborough in 1970 with a Cert Ed in Physical Education with Geography. In 1968, he was one of three members of the ‘Freehold Street Gang’ to climb Towers Hall, before abseiling back down.

He has competed in triathlon events since the late 1980s over a variety of levels and distances. He chaired Triathlon England for eight years and was Secretary General of both the European Triathlon Union and the Association of Commonwealth Triathlon. He has since moved to wrestling, currently acting as Chair of British Wrestling.

We wish Jem the best of luck in the competition.