OUTriC’s year got off to a flying start as record numbers joined in Michaelmas. This year the club was led by President Andy Dyson. In November the club was named ‘Oxford University Sports Club of the Year’ at the Sports Federation Annual Ball.
Increased numbers and enthusiasm of athletes inspired the development of a brand new ‘Performance Squad’ initiative, aiming to provide extra support for athletes who want to take triathlon to a higher level. The third annual training camp in Portugal with sponsors TriTraining Harder also went down a treat and is now a regular feature of the OUTriC training calendar.
2014 saw the first ever 2nd team matches at Varsity, adding to the existing Blues and Mob categories. Oxford’s strength in depth showed with an emphatic win in the Women’s 2nds match by over 16 minutes, whilst the Men’s 2nds suffered a narrow defeat. Oxford took both of the Mob Match competitions thanks to a turnout of over forty athletes, but Cambridge brought two strong Blues teams who edged out Oxford, both by less than 5 minutes. The overall result was a 3-3 draw.
There were numerous impressive individual performances from club members this summer. Sophia Saller enjoyed a breakthrough season on the international elite circuit, beginning with a silver medal at the European Championships. In August Sophia was crowned World U23 Triathlon Champion and German National Champion. Fresher Laura Fenwick completed her third season racing in the British Elite Junior series, finishing 10th at the British Championships in Liverpool and 14th at a European Junior Cup event. At the Ironman World Championships, Gareth Shellard was tantalisingly close to breaking the 10hr barrier despite Kona’s infamously humid and windy conditions.