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Former Leek teacher is selected to represent Great Britain

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

John Broadbent.

John Broadbent.

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A FORMER teacher has been selected to represent Great Britain in the triathlon at the European Championships to be held in Geneva.

Retired Leek High School teacher John Broadbent, aged 67, of Leek, has been chosen to represent the 65-69 age group at the event in August 2015.

He qualified at a recent sprint triathlon, which involved a 750 metre open water swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and a five kilometre run.

John won his age group by over a minute, overtaking his main rival on the cycling section of the course. However, he has had to wait a fortnight before he received confirmation indicating that he had been selected to represent Great Britain.

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His latest success comes after he represented Great Britain in the World Championship in London in 2013. where he came in 30th, and in New Zealand in 2012, where he finished 7th.

John said: "It is great to have people cheering you on. As well as friends in the Great Britain age group, I now have friends from other countries who regularly compete at this level."

John currently spends around 14 hours a week training, most of the time on his bike, riding regularly in local time trials and with Congleton Cycling Club. He swims at Brough Park in Leek and does his open water swimming at Boundary Park, near Holmes Chapel.

Just seven years John was told by his doctor to give up sport, except possibly crown green bowls, because of difficulty he was having with one of his knees. He said: "What the doctor told me wound me up, but it also spurred me on as I was not going to let it stop me. I then decided to start doing a lot of cycling to build up my knee muscles.

"This seemed to work and it then made me more determined than ever that I was not going to let my knee stop me taking part in sports."

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