Jersey law firm Davies & Ingram Advocates is sponsoring Dan Halksworth as he competes worldwide to become a major force in the long distance triathlon.
The initial one-year deal from this month will cover a very important 12-months for the double UK Ironman Champion as he competes in the Commonwealth Games for Jersey and the Ironman World Championships, to improve his already impressive standing in the UK and global Ironman rankings – including finishing 24th in his debut world championship in 2013. It will take him through to next year’s Jersey Triathlon and Island Games when he is looking forward to competing at home for the Jersey team.
Mr Halksworth, who also holds the record for a Jersey-born athlete for the Jersey Marathon with a time of 2.40.15, said: ‘I am very grateful to Davies & Ingram for their support, which will enable me to follow my training programme and compete over the coming year.’
The sponsorship came about quite by chance when partner Advocate Claire Davies and her husband, Russell, watched an Ironman triathlon in Canada. It was not until they returned home that they discovered the athlete in their photographs was Dan.
Mr Davies said: ‘As a Jersey law firm we are delighted to support not only an Island athlete, but such a good one. Dan is an exciting talent who is also a fantastic ambassador for the Island and a role model for the many Islanders of all ages who partake in a variety of sports in the Island, the UK and farther afield.’
The triathlon is a multiple-stage competition in which competitors swim, cycle and run. It is amongst the fastest growing sports globally, growing in popularity, particularly in the UK after British success at the London Olympics
Mr Halksworth is based in Jersey, and he wants to use his spare time to encourage young Islanders to take up the sport, with the support of Davies & Ingram.
‘I would like to introduce children to the triathlon and I hope to form partnerships with schools so students can learn what an exciting event it is. Hopefully, they will take it up and the Island will see champions in the future,’ he said.