Athletes Women › Georgia Taylor-Brown
RR - Race Ready | TBD - To Be Determined | DNS - Did Not Start | DNF - Did Not Finish
Georgia Taylor-Brown has battled her way through potentially career ending injuries to the very pinnacle of triathlon, culminating in being crowned World Champion in 2020.
The Manchester born athlete, who has lived and trained in Leeds since moving there in 2012 to study Sports and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University, grew up in a sporting family.
Her dad, Darryl, was an 800m runner who represented Great Britain while her mum, Beverley, was a national level swimmer as well as a club runner.
Georgia was a talented cross-country runner at school before being drafted into British Triathlon’s Olympic Development Squad.
She had everything she needed for rapid development and seemed to be on the brink of a fast rise to stardom when she won the Junior World Duathlon Championships in Nancy in 2012.
However, it would be another five years before she really hit the big time of elite level triathlon as injuries threatened to derail a promising career before it had barely even begun.
Following the 2014 Junior World Championships, Taylor-Brown had a pain in the top of her foot, which was diagnosed as a stress fracture, which, despite careful management, got worse.
After accepting the need for surgery and having two screws inserted into the bone, Taylor-Brown was on the road to recovery when she suffered yet another fracture.
That paled into insignificance compared to the next chapter of woe. As she returned to running she felt a pain. It turned out a screw had come loose and was about to burst through her skin.
After 16 months of frustration and pain, Taylor-Brown started to build again.
It didn’t take long for her determination and talent to rapidly propel her into the big time. In 2017 she took a first elite level victory at the Madrid World Cup and followed it up with gold at the Under-23 European Championships and fourth at the Under-23 World Championships.
Having won her way through to being a regular in Great Britain’s senior squad, she finished third in the WTS rankings in both 2018 and 2019 – the latter season seeing her finish in the top ten in every race and winning in her Leeds backyard – and began her career with Super League Triathlon with a fourth place finish in Jersey in 2018.
She reached the pinnacle of her game in 2020 when, in a one-off World Championship decider in a season curtailed by COVID-19, she took victory at Hamburg to be crowned World Champion.
Georgia, who lives in Leeds with her partner Josh Edmundson, a former pro cyclist, also hit world headlines in 2019 when she crossed the finish line hand in hand with friend and training partner Jess Learmonth in Tokyo. The pair were disqualified for their joint effort but gained notoriety for the bizarre incident.
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