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2019, Our Best Year Yet!

by David Knight

2019, Our Best Year Yet!

Do3, the Midlands leading triathlon squad, held its annual awards and recognised the hard work and successes achieved by the 250 strong squad. 

Founded in 2016, Do3 marked its most successful year to date on the triathlon circuit by achieving 42 podium places at major sprint, Olympic, middle and long course races. Notably 13 individuals raced as part of the GB age group team by competing in European and World Championship races. 

The annual awards were voted for by the squad across various categories recognising upcoming talent, commitment and all-round sportsmanship. 

Lisa Parry and Baz Graham were jointly awarded ‘Most Improved Athlete’ for the time improvements they have shown over the year.  

Georgina Lord, who is part of the British Paratriathlon Talent Squad was voted ‘One to Watch’ and the ‘Most Committed to Training’ was Andrew White. Anita Howe and Corinne Moss shared the title of ‘Most Inspirational Athlete’. 

During the prize giving Dave Knight, Do3 founder and head coach, recognised other major sporting successes in non-triathlon events; Beccy Huntley and Tamara Pleasant completed a 17km swim of Windermere and open water afficionado Janet Stansfield ticked off the 5-mile Chillswim, a non-wet suit endurance event. Elizabeth Roche biked the 1,000 Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle challenge and Stephanie Cox achieved the coveted Six Star Finisher's medal for completing the six World Marathon Majors (London, Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons) . Dave also thanked sponsors Everyone Active, Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, Yonda Sport, Triggerfish, XEndurance, Cycle Republic, Swans Goggles and Veloforte for their athlete and squad support. He also praised a team of 5 coaches for helping with the squad’s successes in a year that saw new sessions added to an already lively schedule. More than 6,700 individual swims were coached over the year resulting in a cumulative 16,000km of swimming. The squad also collectively cycled 28,000 miles with an elevation just short of 3 million feet.  

Dave Knight, head coach, comments: “2019 set a new benchmark for Do3 with more athletes competing and more racing for GB. We’ve introduced more sessions and have also launched new squad swimming sessions at Bromsgrove to reflect demand and our presence in The Midlands. We are still to embark on the new season’s races, however, I’m confident that we will again be fitter, faster and continue to enjoy the fun and friendship that the squad has become synonymous with – well done and thank you to everyone involved.” 

other reports by: David Knight