Bill is in the swim with national sporting honour

12 October 2012

Criminology student Bill Davies will fulfil a childhood dream as he represents Great Britain in this month’s world triathlon championships.

Bill DaviesBill, 41, who is a PhD student at the University of Hull, will compete in the 40 to 44 age category of the International Triathlon Union’s World Championships in Auckland New Zealand on 17 October.

He is taking part in the ‘aquathlon’, which consists of running and swimming, and forms part of the wider triathlon season and championships.

Despite only starting his training in the last 18 months, Bill has developed a passion for triathlons, which have seen a huge surge in popularity since the success of the Brownlee brothers in the London 2012 Games.

Bill has been juggling his studies with hours of hard slog in the pool and in the gym, and says he believes it is the variety of training which is driving the popularity of triathlons and other multi-discipline events: “The great thing about it is that you don’t get bored doing the same thing every day,” he explained. “If the weather is rubbish and you don’t feel like running in the cold and rain, you can do some time in the swimming pool. And if you pick up an injury in one area, you can switch to something else until you feel better.”

A member of White City Running Club in Hull, Bill started training for triathlons as a way to keep fit. As part of the world championships he will be competing against around 60 others in a 1km swim in Auckland Harbour and 5km run around the city.

“I am really excited about the competition,” he said. “Whatever happens I know I will have competed in the top 60 in the world and represented my country. It is fulfilling a childhood dream.

“Hopefully if I do well I will be chosen to take part in next year’s world championships, which take place in London and I can be cheered on by my friends and family.”

Bill is looking for sponsorship to help him continue his training. If you can help, contact w.n.davies@2009.hull.ac.uk

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