TRI247
Search
shop

Clare Cunningham selected for UK Sport Leadership Programme

After a distinguished career as an athlete, Paralympic Gold medallist Clare Cunningham has been selected by UK Sport for their flagship leadership scheme

Chief Correspondent
Last updated -
SHOP
Advertisement

International Leadership Programme participants announced

Clare Cunningham selected for flagship UK Sport programme

Great Britain’s recently retired Paratriathlete, Clare Cunningham, has been announced as one of just 15 individuals who will form part of the 2017-2019 edition, International Leadership Programme (ILP) from UK Sport.

The programme, first established in 2006, is UK Sport’s flagship international leadership development initiative for high calibre British sports administrators and retired athletes who are seeking to engage effectively and make an impact in international sport. It forms part of UK Sport’s strategy of ensuring the UK has a strong, respected and supportive voice in international sport, by developing the knowledge, expertise and skills of representatives from National Governing Bodies (NGBs) in the UK and other national partners to operate and succeed in international sports organisations.

Clare has a long and distinguished sporting history. At the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games she won a Gold and four Silver medals, before retiring from swimming after the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Returning to competitive Elite sport through triathlon, Clare was the European and World Champion in 2009, before adding more podium finishes in a career that culminated in selection for the debut of Paratriathlon at the Rio 2016 Games. In total, Clare secured 21 podium finishes from her 24 starts in ITU/ETU competition to be one of the most consistent and longest serving members of the British team.

Clare Cunningham
Photo: Dave Pearce

No longer a part of the Great Britain Paratriathlon squad, Clare is still competing in triathlon events – recently completing the Outlaw Half Nottingham, her debut over the half-iron distance.

I asked Clare what this selection meant to here:

“Although retired from competing in Elite paratriathlon, I am still very keen to continue working to develop the sport internationally and in the UK towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

“Having been a Paratriathlon representative on the ITU Athletes’ Committee since 2012 and a current member of the BTF Board, the ILP is a fantastic opportunity to develop my skills and network in order to be more effective in the world of sport administration. It was very competitive to be selected for the programme and so I am thrilled to have this opportunity and to learn alongside a fantastic group of people.”

The participants who secured a place on the programme are as follows:

Alec Lochore, British Equestrian

Anna Scott-Marshall, British Paralympic Association

Beth Tweddle, British Gymnastics

Bob Kelly, Royal Caledonian Curling Club

Clare Cunningham, British Triathlon

Craig Nicholson, British Swimming

Jason Brautigam, British Equestrian

Keir Worth, England Squash

Liam Tancock, British Swimming

Neil Armitage, Archery GB

Rachel Pavlou, The FA

Sarah Lamplough, British Olympic Association

Scott Dougal, British Cycling

Sophie Hosking, British Rowing

Tim Brabants, British Canoeing

Advertisement

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL UK SPORT ANNOUNCEMENT

John Levison
Written by
John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

THE SBRX Show

In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Essential Beginner's Triathlon Gear & KIt
Triathlon gear for beginners: essential kit for getting started
open water swimming Sumarpo wetsuit
How to improve swimming endurance – PRO tips to help you swim further in open water
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Wetsuit buying guide – How to choose the best wetsuit for triathlon, open water swimming, SwimRun and cold water
Aviles Duathlon
What is a duathlon? Beginner’s guide to distances, training plans and kit
latest News
lionel sanders wins oceanside 2024 [Photo credit: Donald Miralle / IRONMAN]
Lionel Sanders set for triathlon return after being announced on start list for event he loves
Georgia Bell pictured at the World Duathlon Championship in Ibiza in 2023.
Former age-group triathlon star wins European Athletics silver medal in Rome
Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup 2009 Sprint Finish
The best triathlon sprint finishes – Top five most epic race endings
Sam Long and Mathis Margirier shake hands after a battle on the run.
Sam Long makes JUDGEMENT CALL on season plans after ‘temptation’ of IRONMAN World Championship in Kona
Men podium Wurf Heldoorn Horseau IRONMAN Lanzarote 2023 [Photo credit: James Mitchell / Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote]
IRONMAN Austria 2024: Start time, preview and how to follow live
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
GET RACE READY - SHOP WITH SBRX
Share to...