FAO 220

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I am writ­ing this let­ter in sup­port of all triathletes who may find them­selves in the same sit­u­a­tion as my­self. I started in the sport of triathlon at the age of 53, I am still com­pet­ing at 77 and re­cently com­peted in the Worlds in Rot­ter­dam.

I have no­ticed a dra­matic drop-off in the num­bers com­pet­ing in the 70+ age group. This is partly due to the phys­i­cal de­mands of our sport, but I be­lieve a ma­jor fac­tor is the fact that they are al­most to­tally ig­nored in most triathlons. Very few cater for 70+ triathletes (the ex­cep­tion of course is at na­tional level where we do have 70+ at 5 year age groups).

The rea­son I am high­light­ing 70+ is at this age phys­i­cal per­for­mance drops off dra­mat­i­cally, thus it is un­rea­son­able to ex­pect a 70+ ath­lete to com­pete equally with say a 60 year old, which I of­ten have to do.

I would like to see Bri­tish Triathlon take the lead and en­cour­age all triathlon pro­mo­tors to make pro­vi­sion for older ath­letes. This I feel would en­tice many triathletes to con­tinue with their sport for a lit­tle longer. I am sure many triathletes of my age feel that the only events they can com­pete in in their age group is at na­tional level, but many of these

“I would like to see Bri­tish Tri take the lead and en­cour­age pro­mot­ers to pro­vide for older triathletes”

folks per­haps are not at this level, hence their in­ter­est wanes. I don’t ex­pect to see any change in my life­time but I hope the fu­ture in com­pe­ti­tion for 70+ triathletes will hope­fully im­prove. Brian Gri­er­son Andy Salmon, CEO Bri­tish Triathlon, replies: Firstly, can I say how fan­tas­tic it is to read your let­ter Brian. The fact that you are com­pet­ing at World Cham­pi­onships at the age of 77 is an­other rea­son that triathlon is the envy of so many other sports. At BTF, we do rec­om­mend that event or­gan­is­ers cre­ate age cat­e­gories in 5-year bands but in some cases, this is not prac­ti­cal due to the num­ber of en­tries. In all of our cham­pi­onships and/or qual­i­fi­ca­tion events, we in­clude age cat­e­gories from 8 to 85+.

Still smash­ing it at age 77, reader Brian Gri­er­son is keen to see more races in­clude an age-group for 70+ triathletes.

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