21 Jan 2023
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World Champions Gustav Iden and Dame Flora Duffy were among the winners at a star-studded night at the Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France, for the inaugural Global Triathlon Awards (GTAs).
The GTAs brought together the very best in triathlon, from current and former world champion athletes from across triathlon distances and eras, as well as leaders in the sport and cutting edge brands and media, to celebrate and recognise outstanding contributions across the industry.
GTA partnered with France’s Department 06 alongside World Triathlon, Super League Triathlon, Professional Triathlete’s Organisation & Ekoi for the inaugural 2023 event.
A glittering ceremony hosted by Will McCloy and endurance sports legend Paula Radcliffe, saw Norwegian Gustav Iden and Bermuda’s Dame Flora Duffy walk away with the Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Chelsea Sodaro took the Rookie of the Year Award, while Talbot Cox was named as Outstanding Contributor.
The coveted Lifetime Kudos Award – Contributor went to the legendary Bob Babbitt while the athlete Award was given to Nicola Spirig. Other winners included FORM Smart Swim Goggles, Zwift Hub, LEVER System, Maurten Hydrogel and Supersapiens.
Gustav Iden said: “I made a deal with Kristian (Blummenfelt) that no matter who won we would applaud so I looked over to Kristian and saw he was disappointed but still applauded so that was so good and it is so good to be appreciated by your peers. I think I am a worthy winner but so would the other nominees have been.”
Dame Flora Duffy said: “I am really proud to have won and definitely surprised because the women I was up against had incredible performances last year. The GTAs was so fun. I have never been to an evening like this for triathlon, never got dressed up or seen everyone so dressed up that I had to do a few double takes. It was a very special night and may this continue to happen year after year.”
All but the Kudos Awards were nominated by the public, with an expert judging panel of industry experts then whittling down the shortlist and picking the final winners. For 2023, the panel included Jordan Blanco, Stephane Diagana, Emma-Kate Lidbury, Tim Don and Chelsea Burns.
The GTAs also saw the PTO hand out awards to the top three male and female athletes in their end of year rankings, including Anne Haug on her 40th birthday, and a special presentation to the French stars of the sport by Department 06.
Best Male Triathlete (Sponsored by Super League Triathlon): Gustav Iden
Best Female Triathlete (Sponsored by PTO): Dame Flora Duffy
Rookie of the Year (Sponsored by World Triathlon): Chelsea Sodaro
Outstanding Contributor (Sponsored by EKOI): Talbot Cox
The Lifetime Kudos – Contributor: Bob Babbitt
The Lifetime Kudos – Pro Triathlete (Sponsored by Department 06): Nicola Spirig
Best Swim Product: FORM Smart Swim Goggles
Best Bike Product: Zwift Hub
Best Run Product: LEVER System
Outstanding Nutrition Product: Maurten Hydrogel
Outstanding Tech Product (Sponsored by Department 06): Supersapiens
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