Super League gets go ahead

THE Super League Triathlon, which features some of the world’s best athletes, will return to the Island this September as part of a global four-part championship series.

Local athlete Ollie Turner will be hoping he can secure a wildcard spot into this year's Super League Triathlon. Picture:DAVID FERGUSON.
Local athlete Ollie Turner will be hoping he can secure a wildcard spot into this year's Super League Triathlon. Picture:DAVID FERGUSON.

The short-format, spectator-friendly version of triathlon will make the third stop of its four-event series in Jersey on 18 September.

The series starts in London on 5 September before travelling to Munich in Germany on 12 September.

The last event will be held seven days after the Jersey leg in Malibu, California, on 25 September.

Last year’s event, which was due to take place on 19-20 September 2020, was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

This year’s event will be the fourth time the Super League Triathlon has visited Jersey and will feature 20 male and female Super League athletes competing on a single day of racing as well as a small allocation of wildcard slots which will be filled closer to the event.

The Government of Jersey sets aside up to £250,000 a year to bring some of the world’s best triathletes to town, with the event adding over half-a-million pounds to the Island’s economy in previous years.

Deputy Hugh Raymond, who holds political responsibility for sport, said he was delighted that the event would be returning to the Island this year.

‘It is amazing to see that such a high profile event will be returning to the Island this year.

‘Sporting events like the Super League Triathlon do so much for our profile and tourism industry.

‘It is a wonderful opportunity for Islanders to see some of the best triathletes in the world,’ he said.

‘Now we will have this and the [British and Irish] Lions visit this summer, which are two high-profile events that will help shine a light on our Island.’

In an announcement released on the Super League Triathlon website, Michael D’hulst, chief executive of the Super League Triathlon, said: ‘This is a very significant and exciting day, not just for Super League but triathlon as a whole. Super League Triathlon’s 2021 Championship Series brings us closer to where the fans are and this is what we are about – making triathlon a spectator sport.

‘To be able to deliver a Championship Series in a condensed time period in the calendar straight after the Olympics and to follow our strategic ambitions to visit major cities in key markets has been a goal we have been working towards since Super League was established just four years ago.’

Vincent Luis, multiple Super League Triathlon winner, added: ‘First of all, it is amazing that we can race and Super League puts such effort into us racing.

‘Jersey is my favourite venue of all time, and I look forward to seeing what London, Munich and Malibu have to offer. In these kinds of races, you enjoy from the start to the finish. It will be a really good build-up to the Olympics and then Super League to enjoy with four races in a row. I can’t wait.’

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