By ITU Admin on 14/11/06 at 12:00 am
World Under 23 Triathlon World Champion, Will Clarke, has been awarded with the International Triathlon Union’s Rookie of Year Award following his impressive season on the World Cup Circuit. Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand took the women’s rookie award following the World Cup Series’ conclusion in New Plymouth, New Zealand at the weekend.
Clarke had an outstanding year in the BG World Cup, starting off with fifth place finishes in Mooloolaba, Australia and Madrid, Spain before taking the European Under 23 Championships in Rijeka, Croatia. Will delighted home crowds at Salford as he ran his way into third place and his first World Cup podium in July, before being crowned as World Under 23 Champion in Lausanne, Switzerland as part of the successful Corus Great Britain team. Just one week after Lausanne Clarke took seventh at the World Cup event in Hamburg, and finished the year with a final world ranking of 18th, despite only having competed at four venues on the 16 leg global circuit.
“I’m really happy to have been awarded with this accolade and am looking forward to an even better season in 2007. It’s a great reward to show for my hard work and I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped to get me to where I am”, said Clarke.
The ‘Rookie of the Year Award’ carries with it, besides the coveted BG Triathlon World Cup Rookie of the Year Cup, two round the world tickets to travel to 2007 World Cup events.