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Grace France
Name Grace France
Sex Female
DOB 11 Sep 1988 (age 27)
Hometown Sudbury
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Grace is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded Great Britain Paratriathlon Squad. She is a guide for visually impaired athletes and was recruited to the Paratriathlon progamme through the Guide2Gold talent ID programme in December 2014.

Her debut race as a guide was at the Buffalo City ITU World Paratriathlon Event in March 2015 where she won silver with Melissa Reid.

Prior to triathlon, Grace competed in Modern Pentathlon and represented Great Britain internationally. She founded a joint Triathlon and Pentathlon society at Bristol University and fellow club members inspired her to take part in triathlon. In her first ever race, she won silver at the BUCS Super Sprint triathlon and then qualified for the Great Britain Age-Group team at the ITU Sprint World Championships in London in 2013, where she won the silver medal in the F25-29 category. She then decided to give up Pentathlon and focus on triathlon, under the guidance of coach, Andy Bullock.
Becoming a Paratriathlon guide appealed as it allows her to compete in a sport she loves, whilst helping someone else achieve their ultimate goal.  
Grace has a BSc in Physiology and a PhD in Neuroscience - both from the University of Bristol.  She has worked as a Research Associate at the University, but is now training full-time in Loughborough and lives in Nottingham.
She is orginally from Sudbury in Suffolk. Sporting success runs in the family, her cousin, Matt Gotrel, is part of the GB rowing squad and is currently training full-time as part of the mens 8.
Follow Grace on Twitter: @FranceGBR

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