The world’s best paratriathletes are heading to Swansea this summer and there are a host of ways for people of all ages and abilities to join in the fun and swim, bike, run alongside these amazing athletes. This year’s event sees the biggest opportunity to take part in multisport in the event’s three-year history.
The World Triathlon Para Series returns to South Wales on 22 June, with racing taking place just months before this summer’s Paralympic Games in Paris. Whilst the elite athletes will be battling it out for vital qualification points for the Games, organisers have announced a range of events and races taking place at the Prince of Wales Dock.
Kids can enter the aquathlon (swim, run) and take part in either a timed race or have a go at a multisport at their own pace without having to think about a time.
The four options for junior participants are below and you can sign up here: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/World-Triathlon-Para-Series-Swansea_15378.
Splash & Dash (8 - 14 years; non-timed)
Mega Splash & Dash: 25m swim & 750m run (8 - 14 years; non-timed)
TriStar 2: 300m swim & 1,000m run (11 – 12 years; timed)
TriStar 3: 300m & 1,700m run (13 - 14 years; timed)
All four options are open to participants with and without disabilities.
As with the previous events, 2024 will also provide people aged 15+ with a disability the opportunity to complete a swim, bike, run across much the same course as the elites through the British Paratri Super Series.
The Super Series contains two strands, one for anyone aged 15+ with a paratriathlon classification, giving them the chance to gain points for the national series.
The second strand is for disabled participants aged 15+ without a paratriathlon classification, providing an entry point into swim, bike, run and paratriathlon. This strand is also open for those whose impairment lays outside the scope of classification, such as participants with intellectual impairments.
All events and races on the day will lead participants to the same finish line, with the elite finish area set to welcome Paralympic medallists and first-timers alike.
You can find out more about the opportunities to take part on Saturday 22 June below and you can sign up here: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/World-Triathlon-Para-Series-Swansea_15378.
Ruth Daniels, British Triathlon CEO, said: “This is the largest participation offer we’ve had at World Triathlon Para Series Swansea and for it to come in a Paralympic and Olympic year is really special.
“This summer’s events in Paris will be such a motivator to get involved in sport, and I’m delighted that we can get ahead of that and provide these opportunities to experience swim, bike, run on 22 June.
“Showcasing and growing paratriathlon and the elite athletes we have here in Great Britain is a major driver behind this event, and I’m really excited that we can work with our partners at Swansea City Council and the Welsh Government to once again bring this event to Swansea.”
Dawn Bowden, Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, said: “Welsh Government support for the third-year running will enable this fantastic event to bring an even higher level of inclusion and participation across this exciting sport.
“This reaffirms our commitment to the development of disability sport and providing a further platform to promote sporting opportunities for disabled people. I’m delighted to be able to welcome organisers, participants and spectators back to Wales.”
Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration, events and tourism, said: “There are many opportunities to take part in the 2024 World Triathlon Para Series, Swansea’s third staging of the event. We look forward to welcoming thousands of athletes and supporters.
“We’re a city with a passion for sport and with a glorious natural environment for everybody to enjoy – and we’re excited that local people will be inspired to enjoy sport on the weekend of June 22-23.
“The World Triathlon Para Series is a major boost to our local economy and we’ll make sure, once again, that local residents, businesses and organisations are fully informed about opportunities and road changes for the event’s big weekend.
“It’ll be another big summer of events for Swansea next year as the Ironman 70.3 Swansea is due to take place on July 14, the Wales Airshow is due to take place on July 6-7 and there are big-name concerts arranged for Singleton Park. There’ll be more big announcements to follow.”