Triathlon Scotland are working with Scottish Disability Sport and a number of local partners to facilitate three ‘come and try’ style triathlon events across Scotland, beginning in West Lothian on Sunday 21st May at Armadale Academy.
The introduction of the series has been born from the success of the Disability ‘Come and Tri’ event held at Blantyre Leisure centre over the last two years where a number of individuals have been successfully introduced to the sport of Triathlon. The series will aim to develop this and hopefully engage a number of additional athletes with a physical, learning or sensory impairment from across other regions of the country – the remaining two events will be held in Blantyre (September) and Huntly (date TBC).
The first event in the series will be held at Armadale Academy with local branch Lothian Disability Sport, West Lothian Council Sports Development and Active Schools all working closely with Triathlon Scotland and Scottish Disability Sport to create this opportunity that will be open to all athletes regardless of ability, experience or where they are from. Local clubs GRC and West Lothian Triathlon club have also been heavily involved in the lead up and will provide a more regular opportunity to any athlete who wishes to take their experience in the sport further and attend regular sessions.
Triathlon is a sport that consists of three disciplines – swim, cycle and run – and is one of the fastest growing sports in Scotland and the UK, with Scotland also boasting a current Paralympic silver medallist in Alison Patrick – the Fife based athlete is blind and competes in the PT5 category in Paratriathlon. The event series is very much focused on participation and introducing individuals to the sport and this is reflected in the distances offered, the West Lothian event details can be found below and will offer two varying distances ‘sprint’ and ‘standard’ depending on the individual’s preference.
If you are keen to discuss this event further, then please contact Calum Reid (Triathlon Scotland Development Manager) on 07860 716418 or Neal Herbert (Scottish Disability Sport East Regional Manager) on 0131 625 4414.