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Paratriathlon will make its Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016, after a period of rapid growth on an international level.
The sport is competed over triathlon’s ‘sprint’ distance: 750m swim
5km run / push
There are currently five competition categories in Paratriathlon:
- PT1 - Wheelchair users.
- PT2 - Ambulant athletes with greatest level of physical impairment
- PT3 - Ambulant athletes with moderate level of physical impairment
- PT4 - Ambulant athletes with lower level of physical impairment
- PT5 - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3)
These categories allow for most areas of physical impairment to compete at an international level but on a participation level anyone can get involved with a club and try the sport, including those with learning difficulties and deafness. Triathlon is a sport which encourages participation and the achievement of each individual’s personal challenges, be that to win a paralympic gold medal or to complete a super-sprint triathlon.
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History of Para-Triathlon
History of Para-Triathlon
British paratriathletes are training and racing to gain quota spots and qualify to compete in Rio this summer, when the sport will make its Paralympic debut.
British Triathlon held the first paratriathlon National Championships in 2008, and the following year Clare Cunningham won the first gold medal for Great Britain at the 2009 World Championships.
In 2010, the first paratriathlon performance programme was created to support athlete development through coaching, funding and training camps. Since this time the sport has continued to grow from strength to strength and Britain have been among the strongest nations in the World each year with many athletes winning World and European Championships.
There are also a number of National competitions for athletes looking to get involved in the sport for the first time, both Paratirathlon and Paraduathlon (run-bike-run). Alongside this as the sport grows and awareness and opportunity increase clubs are happy to welcome in athletes with a disability. The majority of athletes can compete in most triathlon events; from super-sprints right up to Ironman events.
National Governing Body
British Triathlon Federation (BTF)
British Triathlon is the Governing Body for the sport in Great Britain. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering elite performance for Triathlon, Paratriathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic & Paralympic sport with a UK Sport funded World Class Programme focused on delivering world-class events and medal winning performances.
Since 2013 British Triathlon have run a Paralympic performance programme to mirror the Olympic programme which has produced numerous world Champions as well as the current Olympic Gold (Alistair Brownlee) and Bronze (Jonathan Brownlee) medallists. British Triathlon enables paratriathletes to deliver world-class success, raising the sport’s profile in the build up to the Rio Paralympic Games.
British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges.