Dave Ellis

Dave is a three-time ITU World and ETU European Champion based in Loughborough.

In 2013, 2017, and 2018, Dave took both World and European Championship titles. He also claimed silver at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Lausanne. Over his career he has recorded myriad gold medals in the PTVI category in both ITU World Cups and ETU European Championships. Dave was also victorious at the GBR Paratriathlon National Championships for four years running (2013, 2014, 2016, 2019).

Dave has less than 10% vision and races with a guide on all three disciplines of the triathlon race. He has a very strong swimming background, having been a member of an elite training group in Derby when he was younger and represented Great Britain in swimming at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. His best result was sixth place in the 200m Individual Medley.

He also has a very fast run; finding a guide fast enough to match his 5km speed became even more of a challenge after he focused primarily on track running between 2015 and 2016.

Dave got into triathlon in 2013 and became ITU world champion in Hyde Park, London. He was guided on that occasion by Luke Watson, who is now a national performance coach with Welsh Triathlon.

The following year he recorded several podium finishes including gold at both the Iseo - Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Event and the GBR Paratriathlon National Championships. However, in 2015 he learned that his visually impaired classification (PTVI) would be omitted from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and he decided to focus on running.

Major Results

Date Event Position
5th Jun 2021 AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Para Series Leeds 1st
20th Oct 2019 2019 Funchal ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 1st
14th Sep 2019 2019 Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships 11th
1st Sep 2019 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne 2nd
17th Aug 2019 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 1st
28th Jun 2019 2019 Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal 1st
27th May 2019 2019 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships 1st
27th Apr 2019 2019 Milan ITU World Paratriathlon Series 2nd
15th Sep 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 1st
19th Jul 2018 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
30th Jun 2018 2018 Iseo - Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Series 1st
28th May 2018 2018 Eton Dorney ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 1st
12th May 2018 2018 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series 1st
15th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 1st
16th Jun 2017 2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
13th May 2017 2017 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series 1st
21st Sep 2014 2014 Madrid ITU World Paratriathlon Event 4th
30th Aug 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton 5th
10th Aug 2014 2014 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships 1st
5th Jul 2014 2014 Iseo - Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
21st Jun 2014 2014 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 2nd
31st May 2014 2014 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event 2nd
17th May 2014 2014 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st

He came back into the sport in 2017, again winning the world title (racing with Carl Shaw). In 2018 it was decided that the visually impaired classification will feature in Tokyo and Dave began a new racing partnership with Mark Buckingham which saw the pair win both the European and world titles.

Dave consistently made the podium throughout 2019, taking silver at the Milan ITU World Paratriathlon Series and winning gold at the Great Britain Paratriathlon National Championships, the Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal and at the Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup. He finished the year with yet another silver medal in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Lausanne.

When World Triathlon Para Series racing made its debut on British soil at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, Dave finished more than two minutes ahead of Héctor Catalá Laparra (ESP) and Thibaut Rigaudeau (FRA) to take the tape. Guided by Luke Pollard, the pair soared through the swim and ended with a strong run which paved the way to victory.

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