Name: Sandy Whisker
Sport: Triathlon (Sprint & Olympic)
Age Group: 50-54
Hometown: Staines Upon Thames, United Kingdom
Number of Years Racing/Competing: 2
B.E.S.T. Coach: Coach Tom Manzi
Racing Career Highlights:
- 2017 ITU World Championships, Netherlands (Olympic)
- 2018 ITU World Championships, Australia (Olympic)
- 2018 Triathlon England National Championships 3rd Place (Sprint)
- 2018 ETU European Championships, Estonia (Olympic)
- 2018 ETU European Championships, Scotland (Sprint)
Sandy enjoyed various sports during his school years primarily swimming, soccer, rugby and track and field. His focus on sport diminished during University and he only maintained a basic level of fitness throughout his 26 career after graduation. In 2015 he took a career break and signed up for his first triathlon which took place in July 2016. After 4 races that summer the indications were Sandy had the potential to be a capable Age Group triathlete. He set his sights on qualifying for the Great Britain Team in 2018 and increased his training accordingly. After a winter of sickness and injury Sandy decided to find a new coach and contacted Joe Friel who introduced him to Ryan Bolton. Ryan subsequently set him up with Coach Tom Manzi and this coach / athlete relationship flourished as Sandy unexpectedly made the GB Team for the 2017 World Championships, a year early. A consistent stretch of training during the winter of 2017 and spring of 2018, including big improvements in bike power and overall endurance fitness, set Sandy up for this season’s qualifying races. He was pleasantly surprised to win his Age Group both in qualifying for the World Championships (Olympic) in September and the European Championships (Sprint) in August. A memorable honour came a few weeks back when he took the bronze medal in a stacked field at the National Championships for Sprint Distance.
This journey into triathlon has been quite an adventure for Sandy. Following the World Championships in September he will take stock before deciding how the sport may fit into his longer term plans.