In February 2016, Rob Jamison achieved something that no other Yorkshire Viking had achieved before – qualifying for the Great British Age Group Squad. Rob’s qualifying time at the BCT Splash and Dash Aquathlon in December 2015 was not only good enough to qualify him for the GB squad, but also to secure qualification in the very first qualifying round.
Qualification meant participation in the ETU European Aquathlon Championships in Châteauroux, France, competing for his country in an Aquathlon event comprising of 1km swim followed by 5km run.
Held on the same weekend as the ETU Sprint Triathlon Championships, Rob was part of a large GB group, racing on the Saturday within the 40-44 Age Group race, alongside 12 other GB athletes, and other athletes from across Europe, including a strong home French group.
The 1km swim took place in the lake of Belle Isle, starting from a pontoon, in the water for the age group races. 2 laps of 500m with an exit on the beach and back into the water after the first lap, followed by 50m run from swim to transition. The run course was 2 laps of 2.5km on flat asphalt, perfect for fast racing.
When asked about the experience, Rob was glowing with praise about the event set up. “The event was brilliant. Beautiful location, very well set up, strict rules in place and officials checking everything, stop go penalties in place etc, so it felt very professional.”
“Support from fellow team mates and their friends and families was amazing. First non-wetsuit swim for me, which was a nice change and probably played to my strengths, and the beach exit/entry at half added a new dimension to it. The weather on the day was perfect, which just topped everything off. Representing GB and wearing the kit is something that I’m massively proud of and is something that I want to do again.”
Rob did his club and his country proud with a very impressive 8th place in his race, coming home in 00:34:59, comprised of 00:14:35 swim, 00:01:06 transition and 00:19:20 run. An amazing achievment Rob, a fantastic performance and no doubt the first of many appearances in the GB colours.