WORLD paratriathlon champion Steve Judge has praised Sheffield Triathlon Club for the way it supports its athletes.
Now 25 years old the club is one of the biggest in the north of England and has close to 300 members ranging in age from seven to 75.
And Judge, who won the World TRI 3 paratriathlete Championships in New Zealand last year, says the organisation of the club is second to none.
He told The Star: “The club has a really strong core, it has good foundations.
“What it does well is provides really well organised events throughout the winter that enables the athletes to get in good quality training.
“Being triathletes everyone is competitive so that adds to it. They put on so many different things that I’m not able to do everything - it really is that good.”
Judge, aged 39, who lives in Eckington, is expected to be a gold medal contender at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio with his event a new edition to the programme of sports.
He said: “I’m ecstatic that I’ll be able to compete in Rio but while I’m on the road there it is on the back-burner a bit because it is four years away.
“There’s other events before then that take priority such as the European Championships in Turkey in June.
“The main thing is to stay injury free but it’s still a long way off.”
Club spokesperson Sylvia Yates said 2013 is set to be an important year for the club: “Plans for this year are ambitious. On top of more coaching sessions planned in all three disciplines as additional coaching staff are trained, the club is offering new kit, cycle track experience, duathlon and aquathon club races as the build up to the summer season intensifies.”