Student wins at triathlon world championships

Monday, 04 October 2010

Thomas Perchard, a sixth year Architecture student, won the 20-24 age-group category at the 2010 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Budapest.

Thomas PerchardComing 4th in the swimming stage, Thomas then followed this with fast times in both the cycling and running segments. Thomas beat competitors from countries worldwide, including Brazil, Canada, Australia and the USA.

Thomas believes that Brookes Sport played an instrumental part in his success: “They helped with the trip to Budapest and were very supportive. In my first year I went along to the sports centre and joined in - I would definitely encourage participating in sports at Oxford Brookes.”

Keith Kelly, Deputy Director of Brookes Sport said: “We are really proud of Thomas’ success in the World Championships. Thomas has shown true dedication and determination to achieve at the highest levels which is what we promote here at Brookes.”

Originally a footballer and hockey player, Thomas switched to individual sports during his first year. He first joined the Brookes Swimming club and later the Running club before starting triathlons. A year later he was competing for Jersey at the 2007 Island Games in Rhodes, Greece.

Now in his final year, Thomas is planning to concentrate on finishing his diploma. He still hopes to compete at the 2011 Age-Group ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Beijing and the 2013 Island Games in Bermuda. However, his main aim is to compete for Jersey at the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow.

Another Brookes student, Hannah Kitchen, also competed at the event finishing 8th in the 20-24 age-group category.