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I am Joey van 't Verlaat, 19 years old, from Spijkenisse. Around the age of 12 I became a member of TVS'90, the local triathlon club. At the time I was already a member of the cycling club and occasionally I did a running race, but the triathlon sport did not have such a form for me. It was only when I started to gain podium places at Dutch Championships and grabbed the Dutch title at the duathlon in 2014 that I started training more specifically.
In 2016 I became a member of the local swimming club and I started to train and cycle more. Partly because of this, I have made so much progress that I was able to make my debut in April of that year at the European Championships Duathlon in Kalkar, Germany. After a 16th place at the European Championships, I was allowed to start at the ETU Junior Cup in Holten in early July to 'learn a lot'.
In 2017 I was in Quarteira, Portugal, for the first time at the start of an ETU Junior Cup abroad. Here I knew for the first time after swimming to make the connection with a large group. Later that year I put in an even better performance in Holten. In September 2017 I took the Dutch title for the first time on the crosstriathlon in the juniors. I was also named sportsman of the year in December in the municipality of Nissewaard.
Last season was the best season that I have ever played. Because I both Haarlemmermeer as the ETU Junior Cup in Kitzbühel 2 nd Dutchman ended, was requested a wildcard for me (and eventually assigned) for the European Championship triathlon in Estonia. I was also selected for the WC duathlon for juniors in Danish Odense. This match I managed to finish a place on 3 rd by stting the entire race in the leading group! Two weeks later, unfortunately it clear again that the swimming still plenty to win: I came 60 th in the Estonian water, but managed by a strong bike and walking part still to advance to a 35 th place on the EK. After a well-deserved vacation, I came upon the NK OD (my first Olympic distance) to a 11th place overall and 8th place in the u23.
A month later I took the Dutch title in Spijkenisse, just like in 2014 with youth. The Duathlon Championships in Ibiza two weeks later took a 4th place unfortunately something less than hoped out again, you are after all the number three in the world.
In 2019 I will go from the juniors to the seniors / u23, so coming season will probably mainly be about training and learning between the 'big men'. I also hope to be re-fixed value for my league team Rogelli-Trimates, which this year finished 2nd in the top league in the Netherlands!