Kick-starting the Team England medal count on the opening day, Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown delivered Team England a Gold and Silver apiece, before bookending a dominant Mixed Relay title winning team on Sunday 31st July alongside Sophie Coldwell and Sam Dickinson to a rapturous support around Sutton Park.
Katie Crowhurst and guide Jessica Fullagar proved to be the surprise package in the Women’s PTVI Para Triathlon. Having only taken up the sport a year and a half ago, 18-year-old Crowhurst was racing with Fullagar as her guide for the just second time as they became Commonwealth champions.
But it just proves that when it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be and these two have clicked instantly. Victory for Dave Ellis and Guide Luke Pollard in the Men’s PTVI event meant Team England took four out of five Triathlon golds on offer, with the duo deservedly having their opportunity to lift the finishing tape at a major Games less than a year on from the heartbreak of a bike mechanical ending their race at Tokyo 2020.
Katie Crowhurst and guide Jessica Fullagar won gold in PTVI Women's race. Katie went into lockdown as a para swimmer and came out a para triathlete after training in the road and taking up open water swimming when pools were closed.
Not being able to swim in a pool meant she had to get creative so picked up cycling and running to stay fit alongside open water swimming.
She only did her first race in 2021 where she competed in the World Championships in November where she finished 6th. It was a real baptism of fire after she was selected for Birmingham in March and only joined up with her guide Jess was selected in June.
The pair then won the British Championships together in their first race and Commonwealth gold in their second. Not a bad start for a new pairing.
Athletes in this event will call upon every ounce of power, strength and determination as they compete over the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running that make up triathlon.
For the first time, the 2018 Commonwealth Games featured para triathlon with Team England winning gold in both the men and women's event in the form of Jade Jones-Hall and Joe Townsend.
Team England topped the medal table on the Gold Coast with Jess Learmonth picking up silver in the women's triathlon and the mixed team also winning silver.
At Glasgow 2014, Team England won in the men’s, women’s and mixed relay triathlon.
The para triathlon will also be included in this event, where competitors will put themselves against the clock in this iconic endurance event. The team in Birmingham 2022 will follow some of the most successful athletes to date in the form of the Brownlee brothers and other world class triathletes.
Jade Jones competes for gold through the twists and turns and soaks it all in enjoying her crowning in the moment, in the sunshine. The second gold won for Team England, with a personal record of 1:11:07, a phenomenal result, and as the current European champion.
Paratriathlon was first included as an optional sport at the Gold Coast 2018 making it five triathlon events: mens, womens, para-mens, para-womens, and mixed relay event.
In Birmingham 2022, the triathlon events were contested at Sutton Park.
Jonny is Head Coach for the Paratriathlon Programme at British Triathlon, Paratriathlon Team leader for the Paralympic Games, Triathlon Team Leader CGE
Founder of the Paratriathlon Performance programme in 2009 and Head Coach since 2013, having sat on our WCPP Senior leadership team throughout that time. He has been the team leader for paratriathlon since 2013, leading the British team through their debut Paralympic games in Rio 2016. Jonny is a graduate of various UK sport courses, including being an accredited mentor for the UK Sport system and currently sits on the advisory panel to the people development team at UK sport.