Alison Patrick won Paralympic Games silver in Rio having been recruited to triathlon from an athletics background in 2013. She is visually impaired (less than 10% vision) and races in the PTVI class with a guide athlete. Alison and her guide are tethered during the swim, ride a tandem bike and run with a tether. She is based in Stirling, and has been a member of the World Class lottery fundeed British Paratriathlon squad since 2014.
Alison was working as a physiotherapist when she first joined the paratriathlon programme, but has subsequently taken a break from her career to train full time in Loughborough.
The move from athletics to paratriathlon paid off almost immediately with an ITU Paratriathlon wold title in 2014. She won the Rio Paralympic test event in 2015, guided by Grace France and achieved automatic qualification for the Paralympic Games. In Rio, she won silver in her Paralympic debut with Hazel Smith guiding her. She also won the ITU world title in 2016.
Alison was drawn to triathlon when injuries prevented her from running as much as she wanted to and friends persuaded her to have a go. She had previously swum as a junior and raced in the 1500m on the track at international level. However, it was the 800m where she had most success, including a IBSA world title. She also represented Scotland as an able bodied runner at the World Mountain Trophy.
In her first full year in the sport, Alison won the 2014 ITU world title in Edmonton. In 2015 she also won the Rio Paralympic Test Event. In Rio she was guided by Hazel Smith to Paralympic silver behind the Australian pairing of Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones.