Alison is a Paralympic silver medal winner and has been a member of the UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Paratriathlon Squad since 2014. She is based in Stirling.
Alison was 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 was working as a physiotherapist when she first joined the paratriathlon programme but has subsequently taken a career break from to train full time.
The move from athletics to paratriathlon paid off almost immediately with an ITU Paratriathlon world title in 2014 - guided by Jenny Manners. 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 and the ETU European title in 2018.
Alison enjoyed success in 2019 as she won gold in the PTVI category at the Milan ITU World Paratriathlon Series in April and claimed silver at the Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal in June.
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 800m and 1500m on the track at international level. Over 800m she won an IBSA world title. She also represented Scotland as an able-bodied runner at the World Mountain Trophy.
Alison was based full time in Loughborough between 2014 and 2017 and then moved to Stirling. She married Jack Peasgood in Scotland in October 2018.