Leeds Olympic hero brothers are inspiring future triathlon stars

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LEEDS’S Olympic triathlon heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are to have a University scholarship created in their name.

It is part of a new joint project between the sporting siblings from Horsforth and the University of Leeds, of which they are alumni. The partnership has been set up to help junior athletes follow in the boys’ footsteps.

Alistair, who won gold at the 2012 Olympics. said: “We’ve introduced a new scholarship, the Brownlee Scholarship, so that a talented athlete can continue with their studies and also pursue a successful career in sports.

“We both really appreciated how the University of Leeds supported us during our time here, enabling us to juggle our education and training commitments, so we were able to enjoy the best of both worlds.”

Olympic bronze medallist Jonny added the brothers want to “motivate a whole new generation of triathletes using the University’s fantastic sports facilities”.

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, said: “We are extremely proud of Alistair and Jonny’s achievements. I would like to thank them for their continuing support of the University’s sporting ambitions and for helping other athletes to achieve academic and sporting success.”

As well as the scholarship, the new partnership will run regional triathlon training camps at the University, with top coaches putting junior athletes through their paces.

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