Director and producer Martin Turner will head up the broadcast coverage of the Professional Triathlon Organisation’s Collins Cup, according to a release from the organization sent out today.
“Martin Turner is no stranger to directing and producing award winning broadcasts,” the PTO writes in its release. “He won Sky Sports their first ever BAFTA for his coverage of England versus the All Blacks. In 2012 he created the world’s first dedicated Formula 1 Channel – Sky Sports F1 – and was awarded Formula 1 Broadcaster of the Year for two years in a row before becoming head of Sky Sports F1 coverage in Europe (UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany) in 2015.”
The Collins Cup will see athletes from three teams – USA, Europe and Internationals – compete in an format similar to golf’s Ryder Cup. The teams will consist of six men and six women who will compete groups of three. The event is scheduled to take place in Samorin, Slovakia on May 22, 2021.
“The sport of Triathlon was born out of the desire to recognise who was the greatest endurance athlete on the planet,” Turner says. “Today, the sport has unprecedented levels of engagement but its fans have been starved of quality television coverage. The PTO are changing that by creating world class sporting events like The Collins Cup and elevating the profile and status of these extraordinary men and women who push themselves to the edge of human endurance. It is very exciting to be a part of the PTO’s journey and my aim is to put innovation and world class storytelling at the core of our television product. It is about time that superstar athletes like Alistair Brownlee, Daniela Ryf, Jan Frodeno, and Lucy Charles-Barclay become household names and are recognised by all sport fans for their accomplishments. The time has come for the sport of Triathlon to take centre stage.”