World champion Brownlee lunches with SJA: Mar 17

Alistair Brownlee, one of the British sporting sensations of 2009 in winning triathlon’s World Series, will be the guest of honour at the SJA’s first Sporting Lunch of the year, in Fleet Street on Wednesday, March 17.

Joining Brownlee and the SJA that day will be the British Triathlon Federation’s head coach, Joel Filliol, who will also be available for journalists’ questions in our on-the-record lunch, explaining the demands of the swim-bike-run sport.

After impressing with his 12th place finish in Beijing on his Olympic debut in 2008, Brownlee swept all before him last year, winning ITU World Series races in Madrid, Washington, Kitzbuhel and in London’s Hyde Park – the centre of the 2012 Olympic triathlon – before winning the 2009 season Grand Final on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Brownlee, 21, is the only man to have won world titles at junior, under-23 and senior level, and is an obvious gold medal hope for London 2012, although a stress fracture suffered in training has set back his 2010 season – but also helped to make him available for the first SJA lunch with a triathlete.

This is a tremendous opportunity for SJA members to meet the young Yorkshireman. We expect there to be high demand, and our venue offers a friendly, relaxed and intimate lunching room, so places are limited. You are encouraged to contact Mary Fitzhenry promptly to book your place. Priority will be given to SJA members, but guests are welcome to apply, too.

The SJA lunch will take place from 12.30pm at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street. The venue is less than half a mile from Blackfriars, Temple and Chancery Lane Tube stations and City Thameslink rail. Click here for a map of the location.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-reserved basis, with preference given to SJA members. The cost is £20 for fully paid-up SJA members, and £25 for non-members (all amounts plus VAT), to include a two-course meal.

Members are expected to buy their own drinks.

Payments are to be made on the day to Mary Fitzhenry, by cheque (made payable to the SJA) or cash please.

Contact Mary Fitzhenry by email to or by phone on 020 8946 9601 or 07946 545084 (please indicate whether a vegetarian meal is required).

Places must be booked by 10am March 15, or when capacity has been reached, whichever is the sooner.

All details are subject to change until confirmed by the SJA, both on this website and via emails to members.

First posted March 3

SJA dates for your diaries

Wed Mar 17: SJA Sporting Lunch with triathlon world champion Alistair Brownlee. Two-course lunch plus a glass of wine of beer, £20 for SJA members, £25 for non-members. To book, contact Mary Fitzhenry or by phone on 020 8946 9601 or 07946 545084 (please indicate whether a vegetarian meal is required).

Mon Apr 12: SJA Spring Golf Day , to be staged at Surbiton GC. To book, contact Paul Trow (07973 862747).

Thu Apr 15: SJA 2010 Annual Meeting , at offices of UK Sport

Mon Apr 19: SJA/LOCOG guided tour of Olympic Park, 2pm For booking details, click here.

Sun Apr 25: SJA Cricket Day. Enjoy corporate hospitality with friends and colleagues, and bring along your partner, as Lancashire take on Surrey. Tickets £65 each. Click here for booking details.

Wed May 19: A Question of Boris:The SJA’s second “Sporting Question Time”, this time with London Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall. This will be strictly for SJA members only. To book your ticket, click here to send us an email with your name, SJA membership number and address, writing “Sporting Question Time with Boris” in the subject field

Mon Sep 13: SJA Autumn Golf Day, Muswell Hill GC. To book, contact Paul Trow (07973 862747).

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