The 2023 World Triathlon Para Series, which will include an event in Swansea in July, gets underway in Australia this weekend.
Josh Landmann and Rhys Jones, with guide Rhys James, will be the British representatives on the start line at the opening event in Devonport, Tasmania, which takes place on Saturday morning local time, but Friday evening in the UK.
The men’s PTWC will be the first race to start at Saturday 8am local time / Friday 9pm GMT, and will feature Landmann, who claimed silver at last year’s British Paratriathlon Championships in the men’s PTWC.
Landmann – who finished seventh at Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea – will race against 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Nic Beveridge (AUS) and continental champions Howie Sanborn (USA) and Jumpei Kimura (JPN) in the season opening event.
In the men’s PTVI, which starts at 08:50am (local time) / 9:50pm (GMT), Jones and James will be part of a field of 10 athletes in Devonport with this being only the pair’s second World Triathlon Para Series event after last year’s home race in Swansea.
Their ninth place finish in South Wales came a week after they finished fourth at Birmingham 2022 when they became the first paratriathletes to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth silver medallist Sam Harding (AUS) is also on the men’s PTVI start list, which also includes multiple international medallist Owen Cravens (USA) and men’s PTVI world aquathlon champion Donnacha McCarthy (IRL).
The Devonport event – which will consist of a 750m ocean swim, a 20km bike before a 5km run to the finish line – is the first stop on this year’s World Triathlon Para Series which will include visits to Yokohama (13 May), Montreal (8-9 July) and Swansea (15 July) before the World Triathlon Para Championships in Pontevedra in September.
Spectators in Britain will get the chance to see the world’s best paratriathletes race in Swansea as the World Triathlon Para Series returns to the city for the second successive year on Saturday 15 July 2023.
The sweeping waterfront of Swansea Bay will again provide a stunning setting for the weekend’s elite sporting action and for spectators, and more information about the event can be found here.
Watch World Triathlon Para Series Devonport live on triathlonlive.tv from 9pm (GMT) on Friday (17 March).
More action across the weekend
Elsewhere this weekend, there’s a 300-strong Great Britain Age-Group Team racing at the European Duathlon Championships in Venice-Caorle, alongside the elite races also taking place across the run, bike, run format.
Harry Leleu is the sole British representative at Europe Triathlon Cup Melilla, while in South Africa Iestyn Harrett and Oliver Turner will race at Africa Triathlon Premium Cup Nelson Mandela Bay.
In long course racing there’s a strong British contingent at IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote. Challenge Puerto Varas in Chile will see Lucy Byram return to the startline after her Clash Miami win last week alongside men’s silver medallist Tom Bishop.