Sport – the best of times and the worst of times

Topic: Esendex news

The last few weeks have been the toughest of my career. It has been an emotional rollercoaster as I have watch my girl friend (Emma Davis -IRELAND) who I coach achieve a stunning set of results to haul herself into contention for a place in the Olympic Games this summer, which has made me incredibly proud. While I have achieved an equally good set of results culminating in a Bronze and Silver Medal in the same race at last weekend’s Corus Race Series and National Sprint Championship in Reading, I had the misfortune of puncturing in the European Championships and crashing in New Plymouth World Cup, which has been followed with the news that I would not be included in the athletes to race for Olympic slots in the ITU Madrid World Cup. 
Life in sport has incredible highs and terrible lows, but it I would not change it for anything. Everyday brings a new challenge and training and racing lets you know you are alive. It was very satisfying to lead out the swim at both the European Championships a fortnight ago and in the Corus race last weekend against a lot of very talented up and coming athletes.
With this summer seeing the New British Grand Prix of Triathlon a six race series around the UK’s biggest and best triathlons. All the events will be televised on Channel 4 throughout the summer and I aim to be at all the events. I am currently third in the series as a result of the Reading Race and look forward to Blenheim this weekend.

  • 07/8 June, Mazda Blenheim Triathlon, Sprint distance
  • 15 June, Nokia Windsor Triathlon, Standard distance
  • 26 July, Parc Bryn Bach Corus Elite Series, Olympic distance
  • 10 Aug, Mazda London Triathlon, Olympic Distance
  • 07 Sept, Strathclyde Park Corus Elite Series, Super Sprint Eliminator
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Paul Smith