Para-triathlete and Guide Make Rio Selection

Triathlete Alison Patrick and Guide

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today announced the 11 athletes and two guides who will compete for ParalympicsGB as Para-triathlon makes its debut onto the Paralympic programme at Rio 2016.

Amongst the ParalympicsGB team is the current European Champion Alison Patrick. Alison is a member of West Lothian Triathlon Club and competes in the PT5 classification for athletes with a visual impairment, along with guide Hazel Smith from Edinburgh. The pair have been extremely successful during the Rio 2016 cycle.

Jonathon Riall, Team Leader and Head Coach for Para-triathlon, said: “The last few years have been a race to qualify slots and to ensure that we are ready to take on anything that the rest of the world throws at us in competition. Standards are rising quickly in this sport because it is so new.”

“I believe we have selected the best possible British team, which has the potential to win medals and make its mark as Para-triathlon debuts at the Paralympic Games. I am looking forward to seeing them take to the biggest stage in disability sport.”

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