The double Olympic swimming gold medallist, Becky Adlington, has been named as Official Ambassador for the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham and will take on the event when it returns to the city in 2019.
The Nottinghamshire-born swimming star will be donning not only her goggles, but her bike and trainers too, as she pledges to take on her very first triathlon on Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment on Saturday 15 June 2019.
British Triathlon is giving the opportunity for 50 aspiring participants to be part of Becky’s Wave; a unique chance to join the Olympic hero on the start line of the sprint-distance triathlon. The 50 will also have the chance to meet and greet Becky ahead of the event to share their final race tips before setting off.
Adlington was part of a relay team at the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham earlier this year. Swimming 750m, she then handed over to her teammates to complete the 18km bike ride and 4.5km run around the compact course. This year, she intends to complete the same challenge solo.
Adlington said: “I got my taste for triathlon earlier this year when I teamed up and took on the sprint distance relay, but now I’m ready for the full swim, bike, run experience. I’m really excited to get going with my training and seeing who will join me on the start line next June to be part of my wave!”
Also in Nottingham will be the world’s best short-course elite athletes, who will be pushing themselves to the limit to be crowned Mixed Relay Champions, with crucial Tokyo 2020 qualification points at stake.