In an evening aimed at celebrating an outstanding summer of success for British Triathlon, Alistair Brownlee was named 2009 Olympic Athlete of the Year and British Triathlon Male Athlete of the Year.
The prestigious awards rounded off an exceptional season for the Yorkshire athlete who was triumphant at five Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series races and crowned world champion on Australia’s Gold Coast in September. The 21 year old commented after receiving his award at the British Triathlon Annual Awards Dinner: “It’s fantastic; it’s great to win all these awards.” When asked about his plans for 2010 Alistair was keen not to rest on his laurels adding: “[I want to] win the European Championships, it’s one thing I didn’t manage to win this year. That would be great [and I would like to] carry on getting experience and build up, on the road to 2012.”
Andy Hunt, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association, said: “Alistair Brownlee has had an incredible season, winning five ITU World Championship Series races and ultimately the World Championship title. His attitude and commitment to the sport is inspiring. With no fewer than four medals, including two world champions from the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Australia, the future of triathlon looks bright in the run up to London 2012 Olympic Games.”
Press Release provided by Triathlon.org