Para Triathlon – #ScotsOnParaGB
In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. In the seventh of the series, we highlight the sport of para triathlon and Paralympian Alison Patrick.
An exciting combination of swimming, cycling and running, it is a great test of a person’s overall physical ability. Para triathlon has risen dramatically over the past four years and will make its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Furthermore, the growth of the sport has been so significant that it has been included within the para programme for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will see one Scottish athlete and a guide be part of ParalympicsGB:
- Alison Patrick (PT5)
Recruited to triathlon from an athletics background, Allison has excelled on the international scene over the past few years. The West Lothian Tri Club member is the current ITU World and ETU European Champion and is one to watch in Rio.
- Hazel Smith (Guide)
A competitive triathlete who’s won British age group championships in both Olympic and sprint distances, was approached to be a guide late in 2014. She went through the guide to gold talent search and was soon selected on to the British Triathlon team. She partnered Alison Patrick to win the ITU World and ETU European Championships in 2016.
For athlete profiles please follow the link below:
For a schedule of para triathlon events please follow the link below:
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet on para triathlon for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.
And a video fact file can be viewed here:
Please return tomorrow for all the information relating to the Paralympic sport of football. Scotland has a strong tradition in this sport and Rio 2016 will see three players compete as part of the GB team.