Two local triathletes were honoured by their sport’s governing body at the weekend.
Peterborough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) super veteran Georgina Jennings and the world’s number one female paratriathlete Lauren Steadman from Sawtry were invited to attend the British Triathlon Federation presentation dinner as finalists in their respective categories.
And both stepped up to receive the top prizes at the prestigious ceremony at Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey.
Sprightly 70 year-old Jennings won the Female Age Group Triathlete of the Year award after an outstanding year which saw her win the British and European Championships in the female 70-74 year category before going on to take the silver medal in the World Championships in Chicago.
She was also the first lady overall at the Priory Park Triathlon at Bedford in May and is already looking to go one better in the World Championships in Mexico next year.
ITU paratriathlon world champion Steadman (PT4) was awarded the British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year award for the second consecutive year, after a phenomenal season which witnessed her crowned ITU World and ETU European Champion, alongside a win at the Rio Test Event in August.
Steadman said: “It’s been a whirlwind year this year. The competition has got twice as hard, if not three times as hard, but these awards are great as everyone gets recognition for all their hard work.
“My highlight of 2015 has to be the ITU World Championships. To defend my title was fantastic and really sets me up for next year and hopefully making it to Rio to take a Paralympic title.”
Two of PACTRAC’s younger members were also honoured at the weekend.
Katie Tasker and Olivia Corner collected their Eastern Region Triathlon League awards on Saturday.
Katie was first girl in the Tri Star 1 Age Group in the Eastern Region League after winning eight of the 12 races. With only five to count she secured maximum points
Olivia was the second girl in the Tri Star 2 Age Group. She won the Triathlon at Upminster and finished second in four more events.
Two weeks ago Jonathan Oakey, another promising PACTRAC youngster, collected his prize for winning the youth section (15-16 years) of the East Midlands Regional League.
He won four of the seven races he entered and with only four to count he finish with a maximum score.