Jacob Birtwhistle

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  • Birth Place

    LAUNCESTON

  • Birth State

    TAS

  • Year of Birth

    1995

  • Height

    183cm

Languages Spoken:

No

Are you a citizen of a country other than Australia? If yes, please provide details?

no

Club details:

Launceston Triathlon Club, AUS

Why did you begin your sport?

After spectating some triathlon events in Tasmania as a kid I was interested to give one a try myself.

Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?

not really, or nothing that I would say is overly interesting. My routine stays very similar for every race but I try to avoid any superstitious type of behaviour to keep clear of any extra issues that could come as a result of not being able to follow a strict routine.

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

I find it tough to decide between winning the world U23 championships in 2015 and standing on my first World Triathlon Series podium in Hamburg in 2016.

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

An athlete that I have always looked up to would be Jan Frodeno. He was the Olympic champion during the time I first started to have a real interest in triathlon and has progressed into one of the best athletes in triathlon history. I have met him before and he is just as normal as the rest of us.

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

Craig Redman was one of the most influential people to my career, he planted the idea of being a world class triathlete long ago when I was a runner still and supported me greatly during my transition and early years as a pro triathlete. without him, I'm not sure I would be an athlete at all now.

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

I am interested in a range of things away from sport including photography, music and design.

What is your sporting ambition?

To be the best.