Uckfield triathlete Jamie Bedwell faced his first challenge of the season on Sunday and came through with flying colours.
Jamie, 18, who lives on the Harlands Estate, had been unable to undertake serious running and cycling training for the past eight weeks due to injury but it was both those disciplines that were put to the test at the weekend, writes Cathy Watson.
He took part in a duathlon at Windsor and came through to claim his place in the top ten in Great Britain of 17 to 18-year-olds and 16th overall in the junior 17, 18, 19-year-olds.
Jamie’s next outing will be trials in Loughborough on April 16 where competitors will be ranked from one to 50 giving a good indication of how they are all performing.
This event will be a broken triathlon, bike and run on one day and swim in a pool the next.
Jamie will be doing some races with the Lewes Wanderers cycling team and taking part in county championships on April 23/24.
Next month there will be the European qualifier in Llanelli near Swansea on May 14.
Jamie is competing for the second year running in the British Super Series and their events will take him all over the country.
He is also looking forward to taking part in the Eastbourne Triathlon on June 12 where the swim will be in the sea, the bike course will take in Beachy Head and Birling Gap and the run will be along Eastbourne Promenade.
There are lots of cycling time trials to take part in too and the year finishes with the world qualifier at Strathclyde in Scotland where the top two competitiors go through to the world championships. One day Jamie would like to claim a place there and ultimately he would like to compete at the Olympic Games.
In and around competitions Jamie will be fitting in 23 to 24 hours of training a week – and continuing his studies too.
He was delighted to learn recently that he has won a place at Brighton University to study podiatry – he’s following in his mother’s footsteps here because Karen is a chiropodist/podiatrist.
He will be based on the university’s Eastbourne campus right next to where he does his training so he is pleased to be able to keep up with being a triathlete while training for a future career.
Jamie says his dogged determination to work hard and aim high is inspired by the rest of his family. He says both his father Ian and mother Karen work hard, his brother Tom is studying to be a doctor and his younger brother Henri has been rewarded for his sporting efforts by winning a place at the Brighton Football Academy.
Jamie also says he has huge support within his sport where coaches pass on skills for life, not only for athletics, and support from his home town of Uckfield has been great too with sponsors making it possible for him to continue and grow as a triathlete.
Read more about Jamie here: Uckfield triathlete Jamie sets his sights on competing at Olympic Games.
Follow Jamie’s progress on his Facebook page: Jamie Bedwell Sportsperson.