Wildcard Reveal: Turner vs Lewis – Battle Of The Channel Islands
It’s Jersey v Guernsey. Turner v Lewis. RBC v Ravenscroft. Our first two Wildcards for the RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019 are ready to spice things up with some serious Channel Island rivalry.
Jersey native and local hero Ollie Turner is back for another crack at Super League on 28-29 September having wowed his home fans as a rookie in the past.
But his competition for this year just got a whole heap more interesting with Josh Lewis, his big rival from across the water in Guernsey, and his training partner at the National Triathlon Performance Centre in Cardiff, ready to come in and spoil the party.
The pair, who are respectively sponsored by Super League partners RBC and Ravenscroft, have serious bragging rights and local pride to compete for, as well Championship Series points and prize money.
Their friendly rivalry is one that is sure to capture the hearts and minds of Channel Islanders, as two of their brightest sporting stars get the chance to not only shine in a major international event but also face off against each other in their very own race within a race.
It’s an incredible way to kick-off Super League’s Wildcard week, where we will be announcing another two athletes each day who will take their place on the start line alongside the top ten Ranked Athletes from last season and nine Qualifiers.
Today’s Channel Island themed Wildcard duo are:
The 21-year-old is a popular figure on his native Jersey and remains one of the biggest sporting prospects for the Channel Islands. Turner has thrilled his local support with his performances on the Super League stage, finishing 17th in the 2018 Championship Series. He raced Qualifiers in Poznan and Ottawa to try and win a Golden Ticket into the entire 2019 Series, but narrowly missed out. After finishing his University studies he is now fully focussed on triathlon and a Wildcard entry for Jersey ensures he will toe the line on home soil again for another learning experience and no doubt enjoy more noisy support from friends and family.
At 26-years-old, former swimmer Lewis has some experience under his belt but is only a comparative newcomer to the Professional racing scene having only discovered triathlon in 2016. He quickly marked himself out as a threat to Turner when he beat him in that year’s Commonwealth Games, finishing two places ahead of his rival in 24th. Lewis has been on a big upward curve since then, learning his trade and picking some impressive results. He edged Turner into bronze just last month after taking gold in the Island Games in Gibraltar with a stunning run to underline his Super League potential.