Professor Sarah Springman was Vice President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) from 1992-1996 and 2008-2016 and President and Chair of British Triathlon from 2007 -2012.
Sarah played a pivotal role as British Triathlon President and ITU Vice President in successfully lobbying for acceptance of triathlon onto the sport programmes of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and the recent inclusion of paratriathlon into the Paralympic Programme.
As an elite athlete, Sarah represented Great Britain in Triathlon from 1984 to 1993, winning 21 elite ETU European Championship medals in triathlon (all distances) and duathlon. She was recruited to a rowing talent programme in 1994 and competed in 2 FISA World Cup events in the single scull in 1997.
She was a member of the GB Sports Council (1993-1996) and an inaugural member of UK Sport (1996-2001) and the newly formed Lottery Panel. She was appointed an OBE for services to sport in 1997 and a CBE for services to triathlon in 2012.
In 2013, Sarah was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year awards.
Sarah is Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and the current Rector of ETH Zurich, one of the world’s top rated universities; only the second woman ever to hold this prestigious role.