We get to know our ambassador Reece Barclay who is up for Triathlon 220 Magazine's Male Age-Group Triathlete Of The Year.
Describe yourself in three words:
Committed, a little clumsy, and very honest.
Lefty or righty?
Do you have any unusual or interesting racing rituals?
I like to obsessively run through the transition area layout so I don't get it wrong coming out the swim and off the bike.
Best race of 2016 and why:
Ironman World Championships Kona. I stepped up into the 25-29 years age-group category and finished in a personal best time of 9:33. I was also leading the age group out of the water which was a huge buzz.
Worst race of 2016 and why:
Ironman UK. Despite securing my World Championship qualification I had a rotten bit of luck in the build-up. Flu and food poisoning made it a seriously long day out in the 'sunny' hills of Bolton.
How does it feel to be nominated for male age - grouper of the year by triathlon 220?
It's an honour to be shortlisted amongst so many other talented individuals. Not just from my category but in others. I'm really pleased that my achievements have been recognised and it motivates me to strive further next season.
Who do you draw your inspiration from?
I have a built a list of inspiration over the years, not just from sporting greats but from lesser known unsung heroes. However, being an ex-swimmer, Phelps is up there as one of the biggest inspirations.
How do you inspire others?
I work as a Triathlon Coach and Personal Trainer. I preach to all my clients about how they can all achieve personal greatness with commitment and a plan. I like to think I inspire them to strive towards their goals... even though they might not always recognise it while I'm pushing them hard in the gym!
What are your goals for 2017?
My primary goal for 2017 is to obtain a professional race license so that I can start to make this hobby into a career one day.
Why should people vote for you?
Because I'm amazing... joke! I'm just an average guy with a passion for triathlon and have committed to my dream. I'm sure a lot of people reading this can relate to that and will understand the level of commitment it takes to dream big and achieve those goals.
Reece has certainly got our vote!
To help Reece achieve his goals, visit the 220 Awards page and vote for him.