David McNamee

David McNamee

David was introduced to triathlon by early-morning airings of the Trans World Sport TV show. “I thought, ‘These triathletes are crazy!’” he recalls. “However, above all, it looked like an incredible challenge.”
The Scotsman took up the challenge at the tender age of 17, when he competed in the 2005 New Year’s Day Triathlon in Edinburgh. Following a decade of Olympic racing success including a silver medal at the 2011 U23 World Championships, and seventh place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, David turned his attention to Ironman racing in 2015. Results came quickly with a rookie win at Ironman UK and more recently, back-to-back 3rd place finishes at the Ironman World Championships in 2017 and 2018.


What is your proudest sporting achievement?

I have two. The first being my first bronze medal at the World Championships in 2017 which was the end of a great season for me. The second was repeating last year with another bronze medal (at the Ironman World Championships) but this coming after a race season where I suffered a lot of setbacks along the way. 

What is your proudest non-sporting achievement? 

Graduating from University whilst still being able to compete at a high level.   

What do you enjoy most about riding bikes?

The freedom and the adventure of exploring new roads. 

What do you find most challenging about riding bikes?

Travelling especially on planes.  Hoping your bike arrives too and in one piece.  

What are your goals this year?

To be able to call myself the World Champion.