A funding boost is helping propel some of the country’s most talented young triathletes to success.
Daventry teenager Jack Bond is among the young people who will benefit from the money, supplied by Bloor Homes.
The Leicestershire-based developer signed a sponsorship deal with East Midlands Triathlon Academy, which is aiming to develop the next generation of Olympic heroes.
Jack, 17, who has been a part of the academy for three years, said: “My local triathlon club had someone who was in the academy and they told me about it.
“I enjoy the variety. There’s a great training environment and it’s a really good squad to be around.”
He added: “I’ve really enjoyed competing in the super series races against other triathletes from across the country and next year my ambition is to race in the European Cup.”
Emer Wintsch, 15, from Northampton, said: “The technical skills that you learn are great for racing and decision-making. I qualified for the European Youth relays in Spain and our team came seventh, which was great.
“My aim is to keep getting better and compete at an elite level.”