British Triathlon Awards Night 2015
On Saturday 14th November 2015 the annual British Triathlon Awards Dinner took place at The Chessington World of Adventures Resort. The event is to celebrate triathlon throughout Great Britain and Home Nations; acknowledging achievements of age-group and elite competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers and event organisers, who have succeeded in their personal triathlon challenge in 2015.
Local paratriathlete, George Peasgood, had been shortlisted for the 2015 British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year, along with fellow paratriathletes Andy Lewis and Ryan Taylor. Members of the British Triathlon Federation were able to vote for whom they thought was worthy of the award. George was elated to be the recipient of the award.
George has had an excellent race season, which began in March with a race in East London, South Africa, where he finished in second place, bringing home a silver medal. In May George won his first triathlon at The National Paratriathlon Championships, held in Llanelli, South Wales. He went on to win a further silver medal two weeks later, at another of the World Series races, held on home soil, in Hyde Park, London.
In July the squad travelled to Geneva for the European Championships. Unfortunately George suffered heat stress and so finished in 9th position in exceptional heat. Two weeks later George was lucky to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Paralympic Test Event, where he finished in a very commendable 6th place. Two weeks further on George travelled to Detroit , where , with a beautiful backdrop, he achieved his third silver medal of the season.
Unfortunately George had a serious fall from his bike during training 10 days before his last race of the season, the World Championships, in Chicago. Despite suffering a haematoma to his thigh, a minor whiplash, road rash and soft tissue injuries to his shoulder, George managed to finish in 9th position.
Winter training is now underway, preparing for next season and working towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.