Teen triathlete Kieran helps GB bag a bronze

GB triathlete Kieran Lindars from Aylesbury
GB triathlete Kieran Lindars from Aylesbury

When Kieran Lindars isn’t concentrating on his GCSEs at The Grange School he is helping Great Britain to medals in European competitions.

The budding Aylesbury triathlete is certainly one to watch in the future after he made his mark at Dorney Lake, which played host of the Olympics last year, in a European triathlon qualifier recently.

A nervous Kieran stood on the starting line, surrounded by other elite athletes, the best of the best from all around Britain.

The hooter sounded, commencing the junior race and simultaneously the 60 boys set off into the lake ready for the 400m swim ahead.

After a 10km bike and 2.5km run, Kieran had finished second and had booked himself a place in the 2013 European Junior Championships relay in Holland.

This competition is an introduction to international racing, 22 countries have teams of three athletes that each do a triathlon. Kieran was selected to do the first leg.

A week of training and race preparation with top GB coaches helped him focus, allowing him to go out strong and he was amongst the leaders as he finished, setting his team up to go on and win a bronze medal.

It was amazing feat and a result of hours of training each week.

Speaking after the event, humble Kieran said: “All of this has been possible because of the many people that have given up their time, helping me pursue my dream.”

Local swimming clubs ADSC and Maxwell have both played an important part in the Year 11 pupil’s success.

His cycling squad, Spirit Cycling, have trained him up and their Rabans Lane shop even built his bike.

His running coach at Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club, Harry Csapaki, has been with him since Year 5 while the teenager also travels to Eastbourne to train with the SE England Triathlon Academy.

Kieran added: “ It has been challenging studying and training but it has all been worthwhile.”