Triathlete Lee Shipp is set to represent Great Britain for the first time as he continues his meteoric rise in the sport.
The 35-year-old Diss-based athlete is preparing for his national debut after a blistering display at the British Sprint Championships earned him an automatic place in the 35-39 years GB squad for the World Championships in Switzerland in September.
And having only taken up the discipline—which saw him swim 750 metres, cycle 24km and run 5km among 900 competitors in St Neots in a time of one hour, nine minutes and 22 seconds—three years ago, a shocked Shipp is now determined to make the most of his surprise opportunity on the world stage.
“It is a massive surprise to qualify for the Great Britain team,” said Shipp, who finished 10th in his age category.
“It is only my third season doing triathlons after deciding to give it a go and now I’m looking ahead to my Great Britain debut.
“I thought I had done enough but when I saw my name on the list of confirmed qualifiers I just couldn’t believe it.
“The World Championships will be a big step up but my aim is to finish top within the Great Britain 35-39 squad and see what happens from there.
“I know I have a lot to do before the championships and it will be a great experience but I don’t just want to be there to make the numbers up.
“The next step is to qualify regularly for the squad and hopefully that is something I can do.”