Mark Lewarne from Redruth in Cornwall has been named as the captain for Team GB at the European Triathlon Championships taking place in Israel in April.
The former Surf Lifesaving European champion won gold in 2003 in Italy as a junior triathlete. He plans to lead by example and is hoping to secure a winning performance in Israel.
Lewarne said: “It would be ironic to once again become European Champion in a different sport; I will have to knuckle down to training in the coming month. Sport is full of surprises and who know, this could be my year.”
“I was surprised to be chosen but I’m really proud and honoured take on the role of team captain in Israel, especially as this year is an Olympic year. I feel I can use my experience of international competition and provide support to the younger athletes especially who those who have had little or no international experience behind them.
“Three years ago when I went to the World Championships on the Gold Coast, Australia I never thought I would be a team captain just a few years later, it’s a real honour, especially when there are world champions in the team and other senior figures who could take the role.”
The European Triathlon Championships will take place in Israel from April 17th to 21st.