Name: Yiannis Christoodulou
Sport: Aquathlon and Triathlons
My name is Yiannis Christodoulou. I am 35 years old and I am a GB Age Group Aquathlete. I couldn’t swim in 2012 and only started running that year too.
I am now the GB Aquathlon Team Captain, and I am currently the 2018 National Aquathlon Champion in my Age Group. In 2017 I was runner up in the National Championships and National and European Aquathlon Bronze Medallist in my Age Group in 2016. In 2019 I will be moving into triathlons and will be competing at the National Triathlon Championships and the Spetses Triathlon, which is the largest triathlon in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. I will also be competing in the National, European and World Aquathlon Championships.
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How long have you been in the sport for?
I couldn’t swim in 2012 and I also took up running that year too. But I started Aquathlon in July 2015.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
That’s a tough question. I can see myself starting a family really soon, so I would like to be able to train and continue my journey by inspiring others.
Who inspires you?
It has to be Gwen Jorgensen, watching her this year has really inspired me. I like the way she attacks the run and destroys the field to win. This inspires me in my races, however she is moving to marathons now.
What has been your biggest achievement and biggest fail to date?
Coming 3rd in the European Championships (Age Group) has to be my best accomplishment. I never expected it and I had to run very hard. I had to sprint the last 400m to get past two people. I found something that day I never had before. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it. I would tell people to keep pushing until they finish.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into your sport?
My advice would be to keep training, don’t over-train and make sure you get your rest days in each week. Always believe in yourself, put the work into training, and you will be rewarded and can achieve great things.
What are your favourite and worst parts of the sport?
My favourite parts are getting to meet people and make new friends, and the buzz you get on race day. The worst part is if a race goes wrong and you have trained so long for a short race.