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Olympic medallist Vicky Holland backs triathlon campaign at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 August 2016

Olympic triathlon bronze medalist Vicky Holland helping the national campaign #YourGOTRI

Olympic triathlon bronze medalist Vicky Holland helping the national campaign #YourGOTRI

Archant

Just five days after becoming the first British woman ever to claim an Olympic triathlon medal, one of the Rio stars was in town to try and get more people involved in her sport.

Olympic triathlon bronze medalist Vicky HollandOlympic triathlon bronze medalist Vicky Holland

Vicky Holland out-sprinted room-mate and best friend Non Stanford to win bronze in Brazil on Saturday, August 20.

And 36 hours after returning to home soil the 30-year-old was in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Thursday to help promote the #YourGOTRI campaign.

“It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind,” she said. “I’ve just been catching up on sleep mainly, and catching up with friends.

“There’s a huge part of me that just feels ‘Oh I just came third in a race’, but then I look down and see this Olympic medal.

“I see Non pretty much all the time and we’re just as normal, which is testament to our friendship and also what a great girl she is that she can finish fourth and still feel so happy for me.

“If it was the other way round I would like to think I would be able to do the same for her.”

Launched by British Triathlon, the campaign aims to get 10,000 people involved in the sport by allowing people to choose their own three sports and distances.

“Triathlon has given me so much – it’s been my life for the past 11 years now – and so many people have supported me through it so it’s only right I give something back,” she added.

“I love the variety of the sport – you can never get bored, there’s always something to do.

“If you do get fed up with running for a few weeks then you can focus on the swimming and the cycling.

“I’d really encourage people to give it a go.

“Even if there’s something you don’t like, customise your own and do something you do enjoy.”

Visit gotri.org for more

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