Buxton triathlete answers Great Britain call

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David Fryer-Winder has been called up to represent Great Britain in the 2017 Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf.

The Buxton Athletics Club junior has been taking part in competitive triathlons for two years - winning his first competition in the under-20 category at Ashbourne Triathlon in 2014, aged 16.

He came second the following year but reclaimed his crown again this year. He has also won triathlons at Blithfield and gained medal positions at Erewash and Desford, as well as competing in two European qualifying events.

Fryer-Winder started his competitive sports career at Leek Swimming Club at the age of nine-years-old.

In 2013, he qualified for 200m/400m freestyle at regional championships. A year on he qualified for 200m/400m/1500m freestyle and 200m/400m individual medley at regional championships.

He moved on to Satellites Swimming Club at Macclesfield and this year competed in the regional relay championships 2016; 4x100 front crawl relay and 4x100 individual medley relay as well as in the National Arena Championships.

Moving out of the pool, he competed in open water swimming competitions winning Rother Valley Big Sheffield Swim in 2014, second at Derwent open water swim 1500m 2015 and 17th/3500 at the Lake Windermere Great North Swim.

His coach at Macclesfield Satellites said: “I cant think of anyone who deserves an international call up more than David as he works so hard in the pool and rarely misses anything out, and will always put 110 per cent into everything asked of him.

“David also is a great example to any younger swimmers and I have seen how David helps the younger end of the squad and he is a genuinely very nice young man and a pleasure to coach.”

Fryer-Winder has trained with Buxton Athletics Club as part of their junior club for two years and has seen the benefits.

Last year at the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series he finished 19th in the under-23s and this year finished fifth.

He was also part of the Buxton AC team who finished sixth overall in this year’s English Fell Running Championships, finishing ninth in the under-18s individual placings.

This earnt him a place in the Inter Counties Fell Championships, representing Derbyshire.

The Buxton AC coaching team is very proud of his achievements. In a collective message, they said: “He works so hard and is truly dedicated to his sport as well as to supporting his team mates.

“David is the first to support others, offering encouragement and congratulations and is such an inspiration to his peers. David has great potential, and it has been an honour to support him to achieve his goals – we all wish him the very best in what we know will be a very bright future!”

The 2017 Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf will consist of a 750m open water swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

Fryer-Winder will be working hard from now until then and would like to relay special thanks to the Moorlands Leisure Services and the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation, both of 
which have provided grants to make sure the above call up was possible.