Scottish Olympic swimmer Michael Jamieson is preparing to add cycling and running to his repertoire as he trains for his first ever triathlon next month alongside Bloodwise Sports Ambassador, Lewis Coleman. The duo will be taking part in Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Saturday 4 June to raise money for Bloodwise, in support of Lewis who lost his mother to leukaemia last year.
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24-year-old Lewis, who trained with Michael at the University of Bath last year, lost his mother, Mags Coleman, to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in November last year at the age of 49. She passed away just a day after the birthday of her youngest son – Lewis’s brother - Oliver.
Mags was diagnosed with ALL in June 2012 but chemotherapy was unsuccessful, and she was entered onto a clinical drugs trial before undergoing a stem cell transplant in 2013. Unfortunately, after only a few months in remission, Mags was told that she had relapsed and that the cancer had spread to become terminal.
Lewis says: “Mum had one final wish to see Oliver’s birthday and, as was always the case, she managed to because of her determination, despite having the odds stacked against her. She was such an inspiration and has left such an impression on people’s lives.”
Back in 2014, Lewis organised “Swim4Leukaemia” - a world record-breaking swimming event which raised £25,000 for Bloodwise – to help more people like his mum gain access to better treatment:
“It’s great to be supporting this brilliant charity once again and doing my very best to continue to help raise awareness of the amazing work they do. These clinical trials are only available because of the funds raised and the work that Bloodwise do to speed up access to treatment. Without the trial mum may not have lived to see Christmas 2012.
“I can’t wait to take part in the Blenheim Triathlon, and to have the support of my friends for this has been fantastic. For them to lend their time and effort to raise money for Bloodwise in my mums’ memory is something I'm very grateful for”, he continues.
Jamieson, who was a silver medallist at London 2012 and took part in Swim4Leukaemia, will join a team of seven others - including World Age Group Sprint Triathlete Ed Castro - at the triathlon.
Michael adds: “I’m excited to play a small part in the vital work Bloodwise do, through Blenheim Triathlon next month. Lewis is a close friend of mine and the charity played an important role in his family’s journey so there was no question in lending my support to them. I hope we can raise funds and awareness for the great work they do.”
Matt Lawley, Head of Sports Events at Bloodwise, says: “We are delighted to have the support of Michael, Lewis and the team at Blenheim Triathlon.
“Lewis has been a dedicated supporter of the charity for a number of years now and is always looking for new ways to support the work we do. We are delighted to see so many of his friends uniting to take on the triathlon in memory of Mags, a true sign of how much she meant to people.”
The Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon is the second largest triathlon in the UK and now in its 12th year is set to welcome over 7,000 triathletes towards the scenic World Heritage Site. Last year the Bloodwise triathletes raised £450,000 for the charity.