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

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.

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