A Burntwood triathlete will be jetting off to compete in the world Championships in Australia after a sponsor stepped in to help cover his costs.
Tim Pepper will fly to Queensland in September to represent Great Britain in the International Triathlon Union World Championships, which will see him compete in a 1500m swim before jumping on his bike for a 40km cycle followed by a 10km run.
The 47-year-old, who has only been competing in the sport for six years, will be in the veterans’ class, up against athletes from around the globe.
He has had to raise £3,000 to help pay for his expenses, half of which has been donated by eds couriers, based in Progress Drive, Bridgtown.
Tim is well-known to the team at eds in his capacity as an osteopath, having helped some of the firm’s drivers with occupational therapy.
Owner, Andy Evans, said he was thrilled to hear that Tim had qualified for the championships, and keen to make sure he would be able to raise the funds to get there, which is why he agreed to match whatever funding Tim raised. He said:
“This is a really gruelling sport which demands people are at the peak of their fitness, and Tim’s determination to get there and compete is tremendous – everyone at eds will be rooting for him. It’s an honour to help Tim fulfil his potential by heading to Australia. We can’t wait to cheer him on.”
Tim, a member of Burntwood Triathlon Club, said such sponsorship makes it possible for amateur athletes to take part in international competitions, and thanked eds for their backing.
“I am immensely grateful for such support – it means I can concentrate much more on my training, and I can’t wait for September now.”