2019 has been a challenging year where Charlie had shown extreme resilience to deal with injury setbacks, accidents and the added pressure of GCSE's deciding his next two academic years.
The winter season is where the foundations of fitness are made but a back injury prevented and affected his pre-season training schedule and early races. On and off the field, Charlie was determined to improve and following a string of better results, he was selected by Somerset to be part of their team at the National Schools' Cross Country Championship Finals in Leeds which was a great honour and reward for the hard work and perseverance.
The National Triathlon Assessments quickly followed where Charlie successfully qualified to compete in British Elite Super Series. During a highly competitive season, his best race finish was 6th nationally at Blenheim Palace which earnt him automatic qualification to the UK School Games, where he would represent Team South West with one fellow athlete from the region.
The season was then unfortunately cut short following a bike fall at a British Triathlon training camp and with open wounds and injuries, he was unable to swim, run or train throughout August and early September.
Despite these setbacks, Charlie is delighted to have secured a Triathlon Scholarship at Millfield School and has already immersed himself in their training schedule, hoping for a more successful season.
He is proud to be associated with TS5C and to be shortlisted for an award is a great honour.