This weekend saw the Triathlon England Conference take place virtually for the first time, bringing together members for workshops, Q&As, the AGM and national awards.
On Saturday, attendees heard keynote speeches from British Triathlon Performance Director Mike Cavendish and Olympic Head Coach Ben Bright, as well as from Paralympic gold medallist Andy Lewis and British Triathlon Performance Programme athlete Sophie Coldwell.
There was also a selection of workshops available for members to attend on safeguarding, delivering GO TRI, clean sport and club development. These provided a great learning opportunity and gave chance to ask questions to develop skills and understanding in key areas of the sport.
The highlight of the day was the naming of the 2020 Triathlon England Award winners. This year’s awards were amended to reflect the way in which swim, bike, run has taken place in 2020 with the addition of awards for virtual coach and virtual activity of the year and recognition of key workers within the triathlon community.
The winners of the 2020 Triathlon England Awards are:
- Virtual Coach of the Year – Colin Amaral
- Virtual Activity of the Year – Frances Wilde
- Multisport Event of the Year – GO TRI Hull
- Coach of the Year – Rebecca Goodwin
- Volunteer of the Year – Robert Baddeley
- Club of the Year – Ponteland Tri Club
- Key Worker of the Year – Kate Bozianu, Heidi Elliot, Adam Elderfield, Gemma Korff and Susie Foster
Also taking place at the conference was the Triathlon England AGM where members voted on resolutions proposed by the Triathlon England Management Board. They were also presented with the organisation’s annual report which included summaries of the governance and finance reports for the year.
The report highlighted a 55%/45% female/male makeup of the eleven-strong board with 18% BAME representation and, of the over 24,000 Triathlon England members, 31.3% are female and 2.3% of a BAME background at the time of writing the annual report.
Andy Salmon, Chief Executive of British Triathlon, said: “Whilst 2020 hasn’t been what any of us expected, with swim, bike, run taking place in different ways and in different settings to normal, it has been a year of amazing creativity and determination and there has been so much to celebrate.
“The conference was a great way of recognising the award winners, thanking the staff, board, Council and Regional Committee members of Triathlon England and giving attendees opportunities to learn and ask questions at the end of what has been a challenging year.
“Whilst we can’t be sure about what the global pandemic will enable us to do in 2021, preparations are well underway, with events, activities and courses all planned for swim, bike, run.”