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STIMPSON WANTS CROWD SUPPORT AT GE CANARY WHARF TRIATHLON

21 June 2012

Three-time British Triathlon Super Series Champion Jodie Stimpson has urged the public to come out in force to support her at the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon next Thursday.

Stimpson, who competed at the inaugural GE Canary Wharf Triathlon last year, returns to the iconic financial and shopping district on 28 June as she looks to secure the British Super Series title for a fourth year running.

The 23-year-old is in fine form having won the first event of the 2012 British Triathlon Super Series at the GE Blenheim Triathlon at the beginning of June.

Stimpson says the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon is one of the highlights of her season and believes the atmospheric crowd can provide the fuel to fire her to another British Triathlon Super Series triumph.

Stimpson said: “I’m really looking forward to once again competing at the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon. Having competed in the event last year, I know first-hand what a unique event it is and how good the atmosphere is.

“I feel in great shape at the moment and I’m determined to go out and win the Super Series again. I’ve had a good start and I hope to build on that at Canary Wharf.”

The West Midlands athlete joins a star-studded line-up including Australian Erin Densham, who competes in the city just one month before returning for the London 2012 Olympic Games triathlon event on Saturday 4 August.

Stimpson, who cites being number one in the world as her long term goal, is fully aware of the size of the task in hand, but believes she can put in a performance to match and better each of her rivals.

She added: “It’s going to be a very strong field, so I know I’ll have to be at my best, but it’s a test I can’t wait for. Whenever I compete, I’m confident within myself and I hope to put in a performance to remember.

“Hopefully plenty of people come out to cheer myself and everyone on once again, as it made such a difference last year.”

British terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed it will screen highlights of the race in two half hour specials, which will be available in high definition for the first time this year. Highlights for the women’s race will air on July 15 and on July 22 for the men’s race.

For more information about the British Triathlon Super Series visit www.britishtriathlonsuperseries.com

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For more details please contact:

The GE Canary Wharf Triathlon: Nick Hartwell 07748182194 / E: nick.hartwell@fasttrackagency.com

British Triathlon: Tom Goldspink 07795 415452/ E:tomgoldspink@britishtriathlon.org

Notes to editors:

The British Triathlon Super Series creates a world-class environment for domestic and international competitors, providing a high profile shop window for Triathlon in the UK. The Series aims to raise awareness and encourage participation in the fast-moving, dynamic and modern sport of triathlon in the build up to the Olympic Triathlon events at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 4 and 7 August.

The British Triathlon Super Series elite events:

9 June 2012 – GE Blenheim Triathlon – Oxfordshire

17 June 2012 – Toshiba Windsor Triathlon – Windsor, Berkshire

28 June 2012 – GE Canary Wharf Triathlon – Canary Wharf, London

2 September 2012 – GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon – Strathclyde Park, Scotland

23 September 2012 – Virgin Active London Triathlon – Docklands, London

About British Triathlon

British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Paratriathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for raising profile and delivering elite performance of the sport. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic sport with talented world class athletes, coaches and support staff, focused around delivering world-class events and medal winning performances.

Great Britain boasts 13 current world champions amongst a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes, alongside emerging talent from our youth development programmes. British Triathlon enables paratriathletes to deliver world-class success, raising the profile of paratriathlon in the build up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the British Triathlon Super Series, which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon is committed to being a leader in environmental awareness in sport, protecting the environment in which we operate today and in the future.

British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. Tata Steel is the Corporate Partner of British Triathlon and is proud to be enabling the sport of triathlon. www.britishtriathlon.org

GE is the Elite Partner of the GE Great Britain Triathlon Team and the performance pathways in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

British Triathlon is a beneficiary of the UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Programmes (WCP). The programmes focus on performance sport with the aim of achieving sporting excellence on the world stage. Further information can be found on the UK Sport website at www.uksport.gov.uk

Visit www.britishtriathlonmedia.org for downloadable image galleries, detailed athlete profiles, results, stats and information.

About GE

GE and British Triathlon

GE, one of the worldwide sponsors of the London 2012 Olympic Games, is the Elite Partner of the British Triathlon team, providing support and expertise for the athletes as they prepare and compete at the highest levels in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. GE is also supporting British Triathlon Elite events, Elite Paratriathlon team, Age Group teams, home nation regional academies, and the British Triathlon Coach Development programme.

As part of the partnership GE is working with British Triathlon to identify ways to support the 50-strong team of athletes – which includes current World Champions Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, and Helen Jenkins.

In keeping with previous Games, where GE provided state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment for the early diagnosis and treatment of sporting injuries, the partnership is exploring specific ways in which GE’s healthcare technology and expertise could help to optimise and improve the performance of the team in the events leading up to and including the Olympic Games.

GE and the Olympics

GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to staging a successful Olympic Games. GE works closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic venues including power, lighting, water treatment and transportation. GE also supplies local hospitals with diagnostic imaging equipment and healthcare IT solutions like ultrasound, MRI and electronic medical record technologies to help doctors treat athletes.

For more information, visit www.ge.com/olympicgames

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About Canary Wharf Arts & Events

The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors. Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

Canary Wharf Arts & Events is part of Canary Wharf Group plc.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year. 20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

www.canarywharf.com