In February, just before our second birthday, Yorkshire Vikings earned themselves our first GB athlete when original member Rob Jamison qualified for the European Aquathlon Championships. The event, in June this year, is the latest and greatest achievement so far for Rob and I caught up with him to find out how he got to where he is and what’s next…
How did you get started in competitions Rob?
Competition has been a big part of my life from an early age until I stopped swimming at age 21. Then after a long period of inactivity and a need to get some fitness back I kind of stumbled into triathlon. Finding I enjoyed it, the natural progression for me was to try and be as good as I could through training and getting more race experience
What made you go for GB?
My boss is a GB age grouper and after talking to him about my races he suggested that I wasn’t too far off from being at that level. I’d not considered Aquathlons until I accidentally saw the results of the 2015 European Champs, and that’s what prompted me to go for that.
What was involved in qualifying?
For Aquathlons, there are no specific qualifying events like there is in triathlon. You can take your results from any Aquathlon and submit that as your entry. You need to be within 20% of your age group winners time for it to count though. From all of the submissions the best 20 are taken to represent GB.
What’s your next move?
My next move is to go for Triathlon Age Group qualification. The qualifying event for that being Liverpool Triathlon in August 2016. Also try to pre-qualify for next year’s Aquathlonsquad which you can do if your results from the Euro Champs are good enough (top 10 in age group and 3rd GB athlete.
Do you have any advice for current athletes or those just wanting to start out?
The first bit of advice I would give to anyone entering any event would always be to have fun and enjoy it. Following that it would be to take something from each event you do and learn from it and apply that in your next event. Also join a club. It’s amazing what a bit of focussed training can help you achieve.
Thanks Rob and good luck for June! All of Yorkshire Vikings are behind you!