The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association announced Wednesday that Team Novo Nordisk’s Sam Brand would represent Team Isle of Man at the 2018 Commonwealth Games when it kicks off in April in Australia’s Gold Coast.
The Manx native will compete as part of the six-man cycling road team. This serves as his first Commonwealth Games appearance.
“Sam is an outstanding athlete and we’ve seen a tremendous growth in his endurance and abilities over the past year,” said Team Novo Nordisk CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland. “Since moving up to Team Novo Nordisk’s professional squad as a stagiaire, he’s put together some strong performances at the top level of the sport. We are proud to have one of our athletes compete at the Commonwealth Games and show the world what is possible with diabetes.”
Brand was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10. In 2013 and after qualifying to race at the International Triathlon Union’s World Championships, he gained the attention of Team Novo Nordisk and joined the program’s elite triathlon team the following season.
In 2015, he finished second in his age group at the British Triathlon Championships, a World Championship qualifier. Following this event and graduating …read more
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