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BTF Awards: Jonathan Brownlee celebrates 2010 Olympic Athlete of the Year
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Posted on: Saturday 13th November 2010


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Jonathan Brownlee has been recognised for an outstanding season at the British Triathlon Annual Awards, being named winner of the 2010 Olympic Athlete of the Year award. The prestigious award rounded off an exceptional season for the 20 year old from Yorkshire, in which he won the ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne and the U23 ITU Triathlon World title in Budapest.

Jonathan successfully made the transition to senior level competition this year, with one of his highlight performances in front of a home crowd at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London presented by Tata Steel, where he raced to second place behind 2010 world champion Javier Gomez.

Older brother Alistair Brownlee also ended a successful year, winning the GE British Triathlon Male Elite Athlete of the Year Award in addition to a new award for 2010, the Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition. Alistair claimed two Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series victories, winning both Madrid and the season finale in Budapest. Alistair also won the ETU Triathlon European Championships, a title he highlighted as a key target back in 2009, and was determined to add to his palmares. This strength of character and his inspirational victory in Athlone are two of the principal reasons for Alistair’s second award of the evening: the Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition.

The award recognises the commitment and passion of Peter Holmes, ITU Communications Manager, whose tragic loss in December 2009 in a winter sports accident in Canada, greatly saddened all at British Triathlon. The award will be presented annually to the athlete who is considered to have achieved the most outstanding performance of the year in triathlon or our associated multisports.

The evening also recognised triathlon’s high profile female achievers. Helen Jenkins won the GE British Triathlon Female Elite Athlete of the Year for the third year in succession following two podium finishes in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series and bronze in the 2010 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup. Helen’s consistency across the season, never finishing outside the top-15, delivered a fourth placed world ranking position.

The full list of Award winners is as follows:

  • Olympic Athlete of the Year – Jonathan Brownlee
  • GE British Triathlon Male Elite Triathlete of the Year – Alistair Brownlee
  • GE British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year – Helen Jenkins
  • British Triathlon Male Junior Triathlete of the Year – Tom Bishop
  • British Triathlon Female Junior Triathlete of the Year – Sky Draper
  • GE British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Frazer Cartmell
  • GE British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Chrissie Wellington
  • British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year – Tim Don
  • British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year – Catriona Morrison
  • British Triathlon Club of the Year – BRAT Club
  • British Triathlon Event of the Year – Crystal Palace Triathlon
  • Tata Steel British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Steven Judge
  • Tata Steel British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Jane Egan
  • British Triathlon Male Age Group Triathlete of the Year – Colin Dixon
  • British Triathlon Female Age Group Triathlete of the Year – Sophie Whitworth
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – Karen Ayers
  • Leigh Day & Co.. British Triathlon Young Volunteer of the Year – Fionn Hargreaves
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year – Duncan Hough
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Children’s Coach of the Year – Geoff Jones
  • Leigh Day & Co British Triathlon Young Coach of the Year – Niall McLeod
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Performance Development Coach of the Year – Leigh Archer
  • Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Participation Coach of the year – Nigel Costiff
  • British Duathlon Ranking Series Overall Male Winner – Thomas Sturdy
  • British Duathlon Ranking Series Overall Female Winner – Danielle Stewart
  • British Triathlon Ranking Series Overall Male Winner – Daniel McCarthy
  • British Triathlon Ranking Series Overall Female Winner – Danielle Stewart
  • Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition – Alistair Brownlee

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