Jacob Birtwhistle - Triathlon
Ever since he was 14 Jake Birtwhistle seemed to grow a leg every time he laced up a pair of runners.
The young Tasmanian has been galloping around the globe ever since, touted as one of the finest young all-round sportsmen Australia has ever produced.
After an unstoppable schoolboy athletics career, Jake has developed into one of the world’s most exciting young triathletes. An All-Schools 2000m steeplechase Champion in 2009 at just 15 was followed by a long list of Australian age group running titles and records from 1500m to 5000m and the Youth Olympic, Australian and Oceania Junior and Under 23 triathlon Championships.
He struck gold in the ITU World Junior Duathlon and has represented Australia in the IAAF World Junior Cross Country and 2014 ITU World Junior Triathlon Championships where he won individual and teams silver. Jake has just completed his first year on the elite ITU World Triathlon Series circuit and is already ranked in the top 25 in the world.
He produced his first top 10 finish with a 9th in the WTS round in Yokohama. The boy from Launceston with the world at his feet and Rio on his mind who is still three months shy of his 21st birthday.
Mentor: Glynis Nunn-Cearns OAM