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BTF Awards 2016: The Winners
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 14th November 2016


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The best of the best recognised at 2016 British Triathlon Awards

The Royal Armouries International, Leeds, hosted the 2016 British Triathlon Awards Dinner on Saturday night, an excellent evening looking back on what has been a tremendous and historic year in world of triathlon and paratriathlon.

Those of you who follow our Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/tri247) will already be familiar with the list of winners, which we were updating live from table 25... but for everyone else, here is a roundup of the evening. Congratulations to everyone who collected awards in what has been a marquee year.

(See previous years winners on these links: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 )


2016 stars of the sport recognised at British Triathlon Awards Dinner

Alistair Brownlee was named Olympic Athlete of the Year at a star-studded celebration of triathlon’s biggest achievements in 2016.

The only Olympic triathlete to ever top the podium on two occasions took the evening’s top accolade, presented to each of the 33 Olympic Governing Bodies on an annual basis, to recognise their top Olympic athlete.

On receiving the award, Alistair said: “This year was all about the Olympic Games, so to achieve that goal was fantastic – and this award is just the cherry on the cake. It’s the end of a very tough four years and it was always in my head to have a decent bit of time off now.

“I’m not thinking too much into the future, but just enjoying the achievements before I get back to doing what I love in the new year - training.”

Alistair Brownlee

Alistair completed the double for a second time, also being awarded the title of British Triathlon Elite Male Athlete of the Year.

The British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year Award was presented to Vicky Holland following her inspiring bronze medal-clinching performance in Rio, after a sprint-off with teammate and best friend, Non Stanford.

Vicky said: “Being the first female Olympic medallist is amazing. It’s been a long time coming as we have such a rich heritage in women’s triathlon in the UK. Helen (Jenkins) was such a pioneer for me – she won her first world title in 2008 and since then we’ve been waiting for an Olympic medal to come. I’m really delighted to be the person that got it.”

This year’s Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition was awarded to Andy Lewis. With paratriathlon making it’s Paralympic debut this summer, the Loughborough-based PT2 athlete well and truly shone the spotlight onto the sport when he became the first British Paratriathlon Gold Medallist.

The evening also saw the ITU World Paratriathlon Champion take the honour of becoming British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year.

Andy said: “After winning gold in Rio, I thought ‘what just happened?’ Going into it all with the pressure of being World Champion, I just never expected to come away with a gold.

“I made a lot of sacrifices to get there – the sort of sacrifices all athletes make in order to get to the top. But I did it for my family. I said before I set out that I wanted to achieve something, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.”

Andy Lewis

ITU Paratriathlon World Champion and Paralympic Silver Medallist, Alison Patrick (PT5), was awarded the British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year award alongside guide, Hazel Macleod (formally Smith). She clinched the ETU European title earlier this year and has truly proven herself as a force to be reckoned with.

Alison said: “Hazel and I have worked hard to become such a great team, and it’s down to not worrying when things go wrong and not having a fear of failure. We have to have complete trust in each other.

“Winning silver in Rio was incredible. It was such an amazing atmosphere and knowing that we did it as a team was amazing.”

The British Triathlon Gold Pin Award was awarded to Malcolm Brown, for his services to coaching, whilst the evening saw the introduction of a new accolade; British Triathlon Patron Award, which was presented to Dr Sarah Springman CBE.

2016 British Triathlon Awards Winners

  • Eisberg Female Age Group Triathlete of the Year – Alice Jenkins
  • Eisberg Male Age Group Triathlete of the Year - Mike Smallwood
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – John Hagemeister
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year - Tony Smalley
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the Year – Billy Mitchell
  • British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year - Emma Pooley
  • British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year – Alex Yee
  • British Triathlon Event of the Year – Deva Divas Ladies Triathlon
  • British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Jodie Swallow
  • British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year -Tim Don
  • British Triathlon Female Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Sian Rainsley
  • British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Sam Dickinson
  • British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Alison Patrick and Hazel Macleod (Guide)
  • British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Andy Lewis
  • British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year - Vicky Holland
  • British Triathlon Male Elite Triathlete of the Year - Alistair Brownlee MBE
  • Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition – Andy Lewis
  • BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year Award – Alistair Brownlee MBE
  • British Triathlon Gold Pin Award – Malcolm Brown
  • British Triathlon Patron Award – Dr Sarah Springman CBE

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