Gibraltar 2019: Triathlon top spot the focus for Turner
OLLIE TURNER has made his intentions clear ahead of the 2019 NatWest Island Games – win gold in Gibraltar.
The 20-year-old, who has had the British Championships and a Super League Triathlon qualifier at the forefront of his mind of late, is likely to be among those challenging for top spot on Europe’s southern tip, having spent the winter training full-time in Cardiff.
Turner finished ninth at Gotland 2017 to help Jersey’s men to back-to-back team gold medals, and he is aiming to maintain the Island’s strong individual showing following successive wins for the now-retired Dan Halksworth.
‘I hadn’t thought too much about Gibraltar until they released information on the course recently, but I’m getting really excited for it now,’ said Turner, who opted not to compete in the 2019 Jersey Triathlon.
‘The course is hilly, which suits me, but it will be super hot and that doesn’t suit me. So I will do everything I can nutrition- and hydration-wise to be in the best possible position.
‘I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going for a podium position. Preferably gold, but obviously anything can happen and I know there will be strong competition from all of the islands.’
If all goes to plan Turner is likely to have team-mate Richard Tanguy for company at the front of the field in Gibraltar. Former cyclist Tanguy is in good form as he approaches his seventh Games, having clocked one of the fastest Jersey Triathlon times in history in June.
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