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31st August 2016

Teen Athlete is selected for GB despite illness.

A 19-year-old triathlete has defied the odds and an illness, to be selected to represent Great Britain in the upcoming World Triathlon Championships. The event will take place in Mexico in mid-September.

Jacob Shannon, who is from Middleton Tyas, has spent all of his life avoiding many dangerous and contact sports due to suffering from Haemophilia. As a keen athlete, he is now performing at his peak and has rightly earned his position as one of the top triathletes for his age. The past Barnard Castle School pupil will be a member of a select team travelling to compete in Cozumel on September, 18th.   

The triathlon which has been highlighted by the Brownlee brothers, is a massive test of endurance, including swimming for 1,500m, then cycling for 40km and finished off with a 10km rum. Due to his illness, the fact that Jacob even participates in this sport is truly amazing. Just falling from his bike could cause serious injuries. Jacob does make use of an approved medication which prevents internal bleeding from an injury.

He said that having seen the Brownlee brothers with their gold medals and Vicky Holland winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics came as a massive inspiration for him.

Jacob is expecting the trip to cost around £4,000 and as such, he is looking for sponsorship to help with this. Anyone who would like to help him out, can contact him at Jacob.shan123@googlemail.com.