The Bahrain Victorious 13 welcomes two-time world champion Kate Waugh to its 2024 line-up.
In a historical first, His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa personally extended the invitation to Waugh to join his team of champions and world beaters.
With world and European junior and U23 palmares already under her belt, the British star is on the rise as she takes on racing the senior World Triathlon circuit and the Olympic Games in Paris.
A constant on British Triathlon’s mixed relay start lists since 2014, Waugh first earned world championship stripes in July 2022 as part of the winning British mixed relay team in Hamburg. But she was only just picking up steam, closing out her final year racing U23 by claiming the world title.
She has since followed up that success by securing her first Top 5 finish at a World Triathlon Championship Series race in May 2023, placing seventh in the individual race and figuring in Great Britain’s mixed relay silver at the Paris Olympic test event, and finishing second to compatriot Beth Potter at the WTCS finale in Pontevedra to notch a career-high ranking of 6th in the world.
After having first raced the Super League Triathlon race in Jersey as a junior in 2018, Kate paid her dues racing the Arena Games twice and the championship series in 2022 before finally standing atop the podium in 2023.
Bahrain Victorious 13 and Mana Global CEO Chris McCormack states, “As our original stable of athletes from nearly 10 years ago reached the pinnacle of their careers and then moved into a different phase of their lives, we have needed to rebuild the team.
“On the Bahrain Victorious 13 women have always been power players; looking at the titles we’ve collected, they’ve been predominantly achieved through the strength of our women’s line-up. Kate is a U23 world champion, she’s Top 10 in the world, she’s one of the key players for Paris 2024 and she’s the Super League Triathlon champion who won in her first full season.
“Kate brings a youthful element to the women’s side, while also definitely benefiting from the top-end experience of someone like Alistair Brownlee. I think she’s an athlete we can really develop – she’s keen to learn, really excited to be part of the team, and understands the culture and expectations that come with racing with the best team in the world.”