Josh becomes an elite triathlete in his group

Josh Jones EMN-140810-095708001
Josh Jones EMN-140810-095708001
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Josh Jones is aiming high as he moves into his second year of study at The Vale Academy Sixth Form, Brigg.

Josh is studying PE and Psychology, but alongside this, through hard work and dedication, Josh has become an elite triathlete in his age group.

This year he became British National under 20 Champion, winning the Eton Dorney Sprint Distance Triathlon and finishing 17th overall.

His performances at local level have been recognised and have seen him join local LincSquad, a training and performance group dedicated to triathlon.

Josh has competed in many local triathlons, including Grantham, Drax and Brigg, an event in which he set a new course record knocking a minute off the previous time.

Winning the Drax and Brigg sprint triathlon secured him a place on a week’s training camp in Mallorca.

Whilst out there Josh covered more than 360 miles on his bike, climbing over 30,000ft.

During the week, he also had a unique opportunity of meeting Sir Bradley Wiggins who was also training.

As a result of these achievements, Josh was selected to represent the British U20 squad at the 2014 Edmonton ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships in Canada.

At the end of August he competed against athletes from all over the world finishing 26th overall, as well as being the second Under 20 British Athlete to finish.

In 2015 he is hoping to be in Geneva at the ETU Standard Distance Triathlon European Championships, Switzerland.

Josh is hopeful this will lead to National squad support that will help with his training and performance as well as allowing him to defend his British National triathlon title.

All of these events are self-funded, with Josh working hard to gain local support and sponsorship.

His trip to the World Championships was supported by the School Partnership Trust Foundation Fund.

Equipment, travel and accommodation are costly and anyone wishing to support further in any way, however small, can contact Josh at Josh_triathlon96@yahoo.com

One day Josh may be competing alongside the likes of the Brownlee brothers, a massive achievement for a young man from North Lincolnshire with a big heart and a tremendous drive to reach his goals.