Aaron Barclay

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Aaron Barclay
Personal information
Born (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 24)
Residence Riversdale, New Zealand[1]
Gore, New Zealand[2][3]
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[4]
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)[4]
Sport
Country New Zealand

Aaron Barclay (born 21 October 1992) is a triathlete who represents New Zealand internationally. He competed at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore and won the first-ever gold medal awarded for the boys' event. Barclay also subsequently won a silver medal in the mixed relay event, competing for a team representing Oceania.[5][6] The Games were the first time Barclay had competed outside of Oceania.[7]

Biography and sporting record[edit]

Barclay's parents are Craig and Christine Barclay.[8] He attended Gore High School.[8] Barclay had been portrayed as being "visually impaired"[2] and "disabled"[9] as he chooses to race without contact lenses, something his coach said the triathlete was able to overcome without problem.[10] However, this was later revealed as being only semi-true. Barclay requires glasses outside of competition, and had jokingly claimed to be half-blind without them on a questionnaire athletes were made to fill out for Infostrada Sports before the Games, which was picked up on and transmitted as being fact.[9]

At his first international triathlon meet in Gold Coast, Australia in 2009, Barclay finished only 31st,[2][9] but he improved to finish second in the Oceania Youth Olympic qualifiers[7] before winning individual gold at the Youth Olympics. He won a further silver medal in the mixed relay event, teaming up with New Zealand teammate Maddie Dillon and two Australian triathletes to represent Oceania.[5][11]

Barclay will take part at the 2010 International Triathlon Union Junior World Championships, before making a decision whether or not to turn professional.[10] He considers Hamish Carter, gold medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics event, one of his heroes.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Logan Savory (2010-08-24). "Barclay creates GHS buzz". The Southland Times. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "New Zealander Barclay stuns triathlon world". Youth Olympic News Service. 2010-08-16. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  3. ^ John Whiting (2010-08-16). "Triathlete Barclay basking in golden glow". Television New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b International Triathlon Union. "Aaron Barclay". Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Triathlon New Zealand (2010-08-19). "Aaron Barclay and Maddie Dillon secure silver in Singapore". Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (2010-08-19). "Australia, NZ merge for Youth Oly medal". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Sim, Royston (2010-08-16). "Aaron of NZ wins triathlon". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Egan, Brendon (17 August 2010). "Southland triathlete wins at Youth Games". The Southland Times. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Mark Hawthorne (2010-08-24). "'Visually impaired' triathlete sees funny side of 'brave' win". The Age. Melbourne. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Nathan Burdon (2008-08-18). "Gold forged in Southland". The Southland Times. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  11. ^ Nathan Burdon (2008-08-20). "Southland triathlete collects another Youth Games medal". The Southland Times. Retrieved 27 August 2010.