Commonwealth Games triathlete Ollie Turner believes the Island will reap huge rewards from a decision to extend Jersey’s SLT deal into 2020 – and he admits he will soon be looking over his shoulder.
Following its debut on the Waterfront in 2017, SLT signed a five-year, ‘two-plus-three’ contract with government officials in 2018 and appear to have activated the second part of that agreement. However, their commitment to stay until 2022 has not been confirmed.
Turner said: ‘If you look at the numbers in the Jersey Triathlon Club, they are on the rise massively.
‘Look at the development at the moment and there are brilliant youth and junior athletes. They raced the junior Super League race in Jersey and Malta and there is some scarily-good talent on the way, so I am watching my back.’
He added: ‘I might be biased but I have done all of the Super League events to date and Jersey is the best by a long shot. I know I am from Jersey but if you speak to the other athletes they will tell you.
‘The Jersey community come out in their numbers to support the event [and] I hope it will inspire more young people to get involved in an up-and-coming sport and, in my opinion, the best sport in the world.’
Up to £250,000 of public funding is allocated to the SLT event annually – bringing a return of over half-a-million pounds to the Island’s economy in 2018 alone.