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Tri247's Athlete of the Month supported by ERDINGER Alkoholfrei

We have continued to receive LOTS of emails, nominations, recommendations and suggestions for the AOTM award. A big thank you for that - and please do continue to keep them coming through the year.

Our winner for March was Gill Fullen. After reviewing some fantastic performances and amazing nominations this month, the latest winner of our ERDINGER Alkoholfrei Athlete of the Month is an inspiring story of an athlete who has been nominated by her daughter. Gemma Wilson explains why we’ve selected Ruth Wilson as the recipient of our April 2015 award…

I would like to nominate my mum Ruth Wilson (@ruthwilsontri) for Erdinger Alkoholfrei Athlete of the Month for her bronze medal performance at the European Age Group Sprint Duathlon on 26th April 2015.

Ruth Wilson Erdinger Alkoholfrei AOTM

In 2009, Ruth was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease - a progressive neurological disorder that affects mobility. This came as a total shock and despite not being able to swim or ride a bike, she took up Triathlon/Duathlon as a means of keeping the symptoms under control. After LOTS of practice and sheer determination, she realised she was actually pretty good at it and qualified to represent team GB in Age Group Duathlon.

In 2014 she represented her country twice at the Age Group Sprint Duathlon World and European Championships placing 4th and 6th respectively. She was really pleased and despite having a daily struggle with the effects of Parkinson’s she was determined to get on the podium next time.

Ruth Wilson Erdinger Alkoholfrei AOTM

The 2015 European Age Group Sprint Duathlon in Alcobendas, Spain was on a tough and challenging course in the torrential rain. She raced strongly right to the end where there was a battle for 3rd place in her Age Group; Ruth secured the bronze medal on the line by just one second.

It’s hard to tell how quickly her symptoms will progress. It’s virtually unheard of for someone with Parkinson’s to get better at sport, but she continues to get faster and stronger every year. I wanted to nominate her because of her positive attitude and motivation to succeed has inspired not only her closest friends and family, but others in the local community to take up sport and never give up. Her moto is “dream, believe, achieve” and she hopes to have a great result in the World Age Group Sprint Duathlon in Adelaide, Oct 2015.

We're delighted to make Ruth our ERDINGER Alkoholfrei AOTM and look forward to keeping an eye on her performances in the future. Ruth will also receive these great prizes courtesy of ERDINGER

  • A months supply of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei
  • 1 x Biathlon Hat (bobble hat)
  • 1 x Shift Shirt (Training shirt)
  • 1 x Sunvisor
  • 2 x Water Bottles

Tri247's Athlete of the Month supported by ERDINGER Alkoholfrei

Help us find the Athlete of the Month for May! - #AOTM

We want YOU to help us identify an Athlete of the Month candidate each month through 2015!

Perhaps you have got a friend, rival or club-mate who you feels deserves recognition for their efforts - as well as some tasty bottles of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei plus some great prizes? The criteria is up to you - they may be the fastest, have recovered from injury, have sacrificed their own performances from others, shown consistency... anything you think is worthy of recognition!

How can I nominate someone?

Simple - two really easy options:

  • Simply email aotm@tri247.com with who you would like to see recognised and a brief note on why, or,
  • If you are on Twitter, use the hastag #AOTM and tweet us @tri247 and let us know when you have seen a noteworthy performance, or have someone you would like us to recognise!

Tri247's Athlete of the Month supported by ERDINGER Alkoholfrei