A Worksop triathlete will wear his country’s colours on the other side of the Atlantic later this year, after qualifying for the World Championships.
Matt Horsefield’s performance at a race much closer to home earned him a spot on the Great Britain Age Group team bound for Chicago on September.
The 26-year-old finished fourth out of the athletes eligible for qualification at Nottingham Big Triathlon at Holme Pierrepont on 30th May.
And while he’s over the moon with his selection, Horsefield admits he’s in for a tough time in training between now and September.
“I still can’t believe I qualified and secured a place to go to the World Championships,” he said.
“I know between now and the race day on 17th September I need to put in a lot of hard work, especially in my running, but it will all be worth it.”
Lining up in Chicago wasn’t at the forefront of the former Northumbria University student’s mind when he began his second full season of triathlon competition.
He said: “My main focus of the season was initially the Dublin Half Ironman in August.
“But after good results in early season triathlons I focused the early part of the year on sprint triathlons and to get into the GB Age Group team.”
And he was helped along the way by his clubmates and coaches.
“Training has gone really well,” he said.
“Bassetlaw Triathlon Club have provided much support and motivation, especially BTC coach Steve Chambers and club member Matt Lloyd, who represented GB at the World Championships in 2014.
“Both have been great in coaching me, training alongside me and offering advice.”
Before he travels to the Windy City, Horsefield has plenty on his plate.
He intends to race in the Ripon Olympic distance triathlon in July, alongside 15 of his fellow Bassetlaw Triathlon Club members, and he’ll form part of a team for the Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon at Worksop Leisure Centre in August.
A week after that there’s the small matter of the Dublin Half Ironman.
And then he’ll be off to America for the biggest race of his fledgling triathlon career, with his post-event celebration already well thought out.
“I’m looking forward to the deep pan pizza after the race.”