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Military Triathlete Heading For The World Championships

George Steele is based in Cyprus with the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and his trip to America has come as something of a...

A young Army Lieutenant is heading off to Tennessee later this year to compete in his first Triathlon World Championships.

George Steele is based in Cyprus with the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and his trip to America has come as something of a surprise.

The twenty-four-year-old only took up triathlon properly a year and a half ago.

Military Triathlete Heading For The World Championships

After a few events with RAF Akrotiri’s K1 Club, he decided to try his hand at something bigger and entered a race in Bahrain.

Despite two punctures, he was amazed to find he’d finished third in his age category.

"I was just dumbfounded to see that I was to the World Championships after my first attempt at trying to get there."

George grew up in the Lake District and as a teenager was a long distance runner.

Military Triathlete Heading For The World Championships

Now alongside his role as 2nd in Command of Burma Company he has to fit in his training, which he does twice a day, six days a week in preparation for the World Championships in Chattanooga in September.

George comes from a military family - both his parents were soldiers and his brother is still serving.

He joined the LANCS just under two years ago and Cyprus is his first posting.

For him, the support of his unit has been crucial.

"Essentially the battalion doesn't just support me... [They] are keen to see anyone push the sport as far as they can do."

George is hoping to finish the World Championships in under five hours and this weekend he heads to Edinburgh to compete and test his fitness ahead of the biggest sporting challenge of his life.