Newcastle’s Lauren Parker is one of three new additions to the Bahrain 13 Endurance team, alongside some of the best triathletes in the world.
Now entering its fifth year, this roster promises to be “every bit as strong”, the team selectors said after the announcement. They confirmed they were looking to sign a team that was looking to “capture some Olympic medals next year”.
Alongside Parker, the two new additions to the squad were two-time ITU Grand Final champ Vincent Luis, two-time Ironman 70.3 Middle East champion and the fastest ever over the 70.3 distance Kristian Blummenfelt. Parker was selected off her bronze finish at the Commonwealth Games.
“My 2019 goal is to become world champion in paratriathlon, to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics,” the Novocastrian athlete said.
The roster also includes many athletes who have been part of the team since day one, including Jan Frodeno, Daniela Ryf, Terenzo Bozzone and Javier Gomez.
Previous members joining them on the roster include dual Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee, Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence, last year’s ITU Grand Final champion Ashleigh Gentle and mixed relay world champion Ben Kanute, Ironman champion David Plese and team captain, His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Earlier this year Parker secured her first overseas gold medal at the International Triathlon Union Paratriathlon World Cup event in France.
Parker trailed the leader by two minutes heading into the bike leg, before making her move over the mountainous course to gain a seven minute lead into the run and hold her position to surge home victorious.