What is Paratriathlon?
Paratriathlon is a variant of the sport of triathlon for athletes with a physical disability. The sport made its Paralympic debut at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio and Commonwealth Games debut in 2018 on the Gold Coast.
For over 20 years now, the ITU has committed to support the development of Paratriathlon. There are currently nine sport classes for athletes with impairments, who can compete in six different medal events over the sprint Paratriathlon distance of 750m swim, 20km bike (handcycle/tandem), 5km run (wheelchair) at the different ITU races each season, including the ITU World Triathlon Championships.
If you are new to the sport of paratriathlon and would like to learn about future opportunities, including classification, events and performance standards or how to access the British Triathlon Talent Squads then please contact Alasdair Donaldson.
How to get involved?
To get involved in triathlon, use our club search page to find your nearest club. Then contact the club to enquire about going along to one of their training sessions. Make sure you explain to the coaches your ability levels so they can make adaptations for you to join in with the club session.
Furthermore, if you fancy getting involved in coaching, officiating or volunteering at your local club, get in touch with your local club contact or check out coaching, officiating and volunteering opportunities.
2020 British Para Super Series
This year sees the introduction of the British Para Super Series with four great racing opportunities for athletes with an aim of developing the standards of the sport in the UK. For more informaiton on the series please click here.
In addition to paratriathlon specific events many athletes can also take part in the many of the triathlon events organised across the country every weekend. If you are not sure if you will be able to take part in any event then please contact the race organiser and explain the nature of your impairment and you will find that the vast majority of race organisers are more than happy to accommodate any special needs you may have. If you are an event organisor and would like additional help on supporting a paratriathlete/s take part please contact email@example.com.
For details of these events please visit our event locator page.
If you aspire to compete in Paratriathlon at either a National or International Level, the most important thing you need is a classification. More information on paratriahtlon classifications can be found here.