St Andrews club wins top honour at Scottish awards

St Andrews University triathlon club of the year.
St Andrews University triathlon club of the year.

St Andrews University Triathlon Club has been named the top club in Scotland – after less than three years in existence.

Its inclusivity, enthusiasm and work in developing the sport earned it the honour of Club of the Year at the 2014 triathlonscotland awards.

Mark Diamond, current captain and founder of the club, said: “To win this award at the beginning of just our third year is an incredible achievement. Every member of the club over the last two years has added so much value and their ambition and enthusiasm is the reason we have made it so far, so soon.

“Being awarded Scottish Club of the Year is a great way of recognising these achievements.

“We have achieved a huge amount over the last two years and this award will only fuel the ambition of members and the committee.”

St Andrews University Triathlon Club has been recognised as a keen supporter of triathlonscotland’s work to develop student triathlon.

Its duathlon event last month had twice the number of entrants as its triathlon event last year, and the St Andrews club is set to host the inaugural Scottish Student Sport Triathlon Championships in 2015. It will also assist East Fife Triathlon Club in organising its race next year.

Membership has doubled this year and the infectious enthusiasm of club members has encouraged all those new to the sport.

Arina Nagy-Vizitiu, club secretary, said: “Our aim is to promote and develop the sport of triathlon at university level and beyond.

“Anyone can get involved in the club, from complete newbies to athletes who are looking to compete at a higher level. We try to cater for all abilities and schedules.

“Some of our sessions are coached by Steve Clark, a very dedicated coach and amazing triathlete, and we also train with other sports clubs at the university, such as the swimming and cross country running clubs, so there is something for everyone.

“When I joined the club, I’d never ridden a road bike and didn’t know what running 5km even meant. The infectious enthusiasm of the members and the friendly atmosphere inspired me to keep trying and improve in all the disciplines of triathlon and even compete.

“Joining this club has changed my time at university – I’ve learned new skills, made amazing friends and now manage my time better.

“And cycling through Fife is a beautiful experience ... when it’s not too windy!