In the interests of fairness

So, I'm sat at breakfast in Lausanne the day before the European Age Group triathlon race with a number of the GB team. I get tapped on the shoulder and it's Peter Coulson BTA Chairman. Peter wants to introduce me to Dr Sarah Springman. I hadn't realised they were in the room as this wasn’t an official breakfast.

Long and the short of it was while they wanted to talk politics and international business, I wanted to be sure that no BTA Age group money was going into Sarahs campaign, paying for anything or being used to subsidise lobbying etc. Unless I missed something subtle, they both agreed that was true.

While I listened to Peter/Sarah, I also made it clear that I wasn’t really much interested in the international politics, because it didn’t help domestically. My real concerns are: I want a lean and mean national governing body that was fighting for the rights of triathletes to have competitions on public roads; that handles the billing and collection of monies due easily, simply, accurately and effectively; that has open and transparent accounting as far as money that comes from members, age group races and associated fees such as day licenses and that has an affordable membership price. I don’t feel the BTA is doing well on any of these.

Sarah and Peter listened and were pleasant enough. Breakfast was like a chinese meal though... about an hour later I didn't feel like I'd eaten.

So, how'd my race go ? Well good news, I finished 16th in the European Triathlon Champs 45-49 age group; bad news is was my 2nd slowest ever standard distance triathlon. The race was fun, the organisation was great and the location was just perfect for a triathlete, I on the other hand couldn't have been much worse. Or I could, if three people from my age group hadn't been DQ'd for cutting the complicated, multi-lap course.