George represented ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 and took paratriathlon silver and para-cycling bronze at Tokyo 2020. He is based at the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre.
George has won two GBR Paratriathlon National Championships (2015, 2019) as well as competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in which he placed 7th. George has recorded several ITU and ETU medal winning performances, including bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Test Event and gold at both the Lausanne and Yokohama ITU Paratriathlon World Cup (2018).
Coming from a family of high-achieving triathletes, George’s brother Jack is not only married to paratriathlete, Alison Peasgood, but has also represented the Great Britain Age Group team himself in both triathlon and duathlon. Additionally, George’s mum has completed ten consecutive London Marathons and his dad got into triathlon following a running injury. Both parents have completed Ironman triathlons.
George first started triathlon in 2009 following a leg lengthening operation. Two years later, in 2011, he was classified as a Paratriathlete at a British Triathlon Talent ID day. In 2013, he won his first major medal, a bronze at the ITU World Championships in London - at 17 years old - that made him one of the youngest paratriathlon medallists. The classification structure was changed after that, making George’s class much more challenging, but after five more years of hard work, he won a global medal again in 2018.
Throughout 2015, George consistently made the podium and achieved his first major event gold medal at the GBR National Championships, finishing in a time of 01:07:18.
George went on to his first Paralympic Games as the youngest member of the paratriathlon team in Rio 2016. He was first out of the water and led during the bike section. He was overtaken during the run, his weakest discipline due to his impairment, and finished seventh.
Most athletes in his classification have arm, rather than leg impairments. This means that George usually gains a lead during the swim section of races, but he is at a disadvantage during the run due to his leg impairments. This makes his classification particularly exciting to watch as the faster runners come through in the latter stages.
In 2017, George reached the podium at the Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships as well as placing 4th in the ITU Grand Final Rotterdam.
George had a breakthrough season in 2018. He made significant improvements to his running, making him much harder to catch. He finished on the podium at every international event he started during the season, including winning ITU World Championship bronze on the Gold Coast. As well as triathlon, George has also represented Great Britain in paracycling and won a UCI Time Trial World Cup Silver in 2018.
This success continued into 2019, as George was victorious in the PTS5 race at the Great Britain Paratriathlon National Championships. He also took home a silver medal at the Milan ITU World Paratriathlon Series and bronze at both the Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal and the Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup.
Here more about George and his journey into paratriathlon on the podcast below.