Harrow International School Hong Kong hosted the Brownlee Brothers, Olympic medal winning triathletes on 3 November 2015. The Brownlee Brothers, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, became the first brothers to stand together on the podium in an individual sport at the Olympic Games since 1908.
Alistair Brownlee is the current Olympic, Commonwealth and European Triathlon Champion. He has also won the World Championships, in 2009 and 2011, and was the first (and only) male triathlete to win the World Junior, U23 and Senior titles. He has a phenomenal strike rate in the ITU WTS, winning 19 of the 29 races he has entered.
Alistair’s younger brother Jonathan Brownlee is the Olympic Bronze medallist and 2012 World Champion, in addition to joining his brother in their World and Commonwealth Mixed Team relay success. He also has the most enviable record in triathlon of finishing every race he entered on the podium, from July 2010 to May 2014, 42 consecutive triathlons.
Their visit was arranged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Trade and Investment with the aim to promote the UK internationally as a GREAT place to develop sporting talents. The Brownlee Brothers shared their valuable experiences in the Olympic Games and other world-class competitions with students during the two hour visit. “The British education system has a strong tradition of supporting the development of sport from grass roots level to top Olympians like the Brownlees,” said Jo Hawley, Deputy Consul General of British Consulate General Hong Kong.
The Harrow Hong Kong community was very excited about the Brownlee Brothers’ visit, which ended with an autograph session.
The speech is now available on the School’s Leaders Inspire video channel: https://youtu.be/8zEFw8-IuT0