A former Scottish national champion rower and medal-winning para-cyclist, Colin Wallace is already a British champion and international medallist in paratriathlon having only started competing in the sport in 2022.
Colin has always been competitive, winning National Championships and competing for Team Scotland in rowing, as well as being a keen triathlete prior to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in April 2018.
Only a few months after learning of his diagnosis, Colin worked to earn a place on the British Cycling Para Programme. Beginning training in the October of that year, his first track race was at the National Para Track Championships in January 2019.
Colin was selected onto the British Cycling Para Foundation Programme and in July 2019 claimed bronze in both the road race and the time-trial at the National Para Road Cycling Championships.
At the end of his first year in para-cycling, Colin finished on the podium at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow, securing bronze in the men’s C3 individual pursuit.
After three years involved in para-cycling, the former school teacher decided to look for other opportunities and picked up a previous passion of his – swim, bike, run.
It’s a passion that first began after he retired from rowing in 2011, going onto race in triathlons including IRONMAN events before his diagnosis.
Having explored the opportunities available in paratriathlon, he took part in his first paratriathlon in July 2022 at the British Paratriathlon Championships at Eton Dorney, where he enjoyed previous success as a rower.
This time in the water rather than on top of it, Colin won the British men’s PTS3 title.
By the September of that year, Colin was racing in international paratriathlon for the first time, finishing sixth in the men’s PTS3 at World Triathlon Para Cup Alhandra.
His first international victory followed only a couple of weeks later, winning gold at Europe Triathlon Para Cup Bari, before silver at World Triathlon Para Cup Alanya.
Colin ended 2022 by finishing fourth at his first World Triathlon Para Championships, only four months after competing in his first paratriathlon.