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Joseph Niven Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

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Joseph is a young triathlete already showing a lot of promise. He talks to Sundried about racing and his goals for the future.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, I have always been into sport. I did cross country for my school from primary school through to high school and also enjoyed taking part in sports like football.

I also competed at a high level in swimming from when I was 9 years old until I was 16, including a period of 3 years when I was competing at a national level.

How did you first get into triathlon?

I got into triathlon when I was 16 and I went to try open water swimming for the first time, I turned up and it turned out it was where a triathlon club called Mersey tri do open water swimming. Mersey tri were holding a regional junior aquathlon, so I thought I’d give it a go. I managed to come third and they recommended I tried a triathlon, so a month later I entered my first triathlon. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What's been your best race to date?

My favourite race to date is probably the Hetton British Super Series race I did in 2019, mainly because it was on a fast circuit and it was also my best result of the season.

And your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement to date is finishing 24th in the Junior British Super Series in 2019 as it was my first serious season in triathlon and my aim at the start of the season was to finish in the top 30.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Setbacks are inevitable in sport, the way I overcome them is by focusing on the process and always keeping my goals in mind.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself! In my fist few races at a national level, I went into them thinking I’d be able to keep up with the best, but in reality, I was racing against people who had been doing it for years, so it was unrealistic.

What are your goals for 2020?

My goals for 2020 are to finish in the top 10 in the Junior British Super Series and I’d also like to qualify for the GB Age Group team for the European Junior Championships.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

The main two triathletes I take inspiration from are Kristian Blumenfelt and Alistair Brownlee, I love the way you can see they’re putting every ounce of energy they have into every race they compete in.

What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of kit?

One of the reasons I like Sundried so much is because they do their bit to help the environment. My favourite bit of Sundried kit is the padded jacket, it’s perfect for wearing on those cold winter mornings.

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