Dave Ellis is the reigning ITU world champion and a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World Class Paratriathlon Programme. He is based in Manchester.
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 learned that his visually impaired classification (PTVI) would me omitted from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and he decided to focus on running.
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.