Amazing achievements

Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Sporting Achievement award.'REF 1209137828
Pride of Northumberland awards night at Linden Hall, Morpeth-Sporting Achievement award.'REF 1209137828

Winning the national triathlon and duathlon titles on 13 occasions, Barry Jameson scooped another award for Sporting Achievement.

At 60, Barry has a world-renowed athletic ability and is an inspirational person.

He has more world championship titles than the Brownlee brothers put together. This year he is 2013 National Champion in triathlon and duathlon and 2013 European Champion in triathlon and duathlon. This has never been achieved before by any athlete in a single year and he is competing at the World Triathlon Championships in London during September. At the age of 60, he is constantly beating people more than half his age and won the world championship qualifying race by an incredible 12 minutes, the largest winning margin in any category.

He has also had to overcome many obstacles in his triathlon career. Both of his tendons have been operated on, he broke his leg in 2011 and in May this year he suffered concussion when his bike frame snapped when out training.

His passion and enthusiasm for the sport is phenomenal and he started the One Life Racing triathlon club in Hexham with only six members and there are now over 300.

He tirelessly goes out of his way to help anyone and he was voted North East Coach of the Year on two occasions.

Barry has been self-employed all his life in a successful business with his twin brother but left to set up Tri4u coaching with his son Philip.

He has since coached athletes from Ironmen to national, European and world champions over different distances.

Barry said: “It is just fantastic. I am so proud and so honoured to win something like this in front of so many other excellent sports people in different fields of sport.”

Also shortlisted were Harry Thompson, 18, from Mindrum, a disabled athlete who has excelled at the Paralympic sport of Boccia despite his severe progressive muscle-wasting disease; Paul Fender, 14, from Lynemouth, who has applied outstanding devotion to weightlifting and is aiming to be the British Senior Weightlifting Champion, and Lucy Bronze, 21, from Alnwick, who plays for Liverpool FC and played for England in Euro 2013. She has also been selected for the England World Cup qualifiers.