Team England’s gold medal winners from Birmingham 2022 are being recognised for their success this summer, with golden plaques installed at a location of their choosing that was important in their journey in the sport.
With PTVI paratriathlon making its Games debut this year, Team England had golden success in both the men’s and women’s races. Dave Ellis (guided by Luke Pollard) and Katie Crowhurst (guided by Jess Fullagar) made it a Games to remember by taking the top step of the podium on home soil.
Following this year’s successful Commonwealth Games, Team England have encouraged gold medal-winning athletes to nominate their ‘Golden Gateway’, the sporting venue that set them on the road to Commonwealth Games success.
Members of the Leeds Triathlon Centre, Fullagar and Taylor-Brown have nominated the Brownlee Centre as their ‘Golden Gateway’, the place that had the most impact on their sporting journey.
Crowhurst, who moved from para swimming to paratriathlon during the pandemic, has also had her plaque installed. She chose Wycombe Leisure Centre, home to Wycombe District Swimming Club, where she had great success before making the move to swim, bike, run.
Posting on Instagram, the club said: "Amazing to have this #goldengateway plaque installed at Wycombe Leisure Centre.
"This plaque marks the main training location and development base of our Commonwealth Games GOLD MEDALIST Katie Crowhurst who won the Para-Triathlon in Birmingham."
Locations for the remaining gold medal winners to have their plaques are being confirmed and will be installed when possible.
Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games England, commented of the Golden Gateway programme: “The Golden Gateway campaign is our way of celebrating the success of Team England’s athletes while also paying homage to sports venues across the country. From leisure centres and schools to sports clubs and gyms, we want to recognise the role that these sporting institutions and locations play in helping people to fall in love with sport all around the nation.
“We are immensely proud of all of the Team England athletes that have passed through these ‘Golden Gateway’ venues on their way to medal success at the Games; their legacy will inspire many sportspeople of the future.”
Stewart Ross, Chair of Triathlon Leeds said:
“We are very proud to celebrate the success of our Commonwealth Games athletes and are honoured to be nominated as a Golden Gateway by Jess and Georgia.
“Leeds is genuinely a world class centre for the sport, leading the way for triathlon training and development through our combination of expertise, top athletes and top facilities.
“We hope that Jess and Georgia’s legacy will inspire many sportspeople of the future who use our world-class facilities at the Brownlee Centre”.
Icon image credit: University of Leeds