The start of the new year brings the opportunity to look ahead to some of the key moments that are already written into 2024.
Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games
One of the year’s standout moments is set to be the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, with triathlon and paratriathlon set to take place at one of the most iconic venues of the summer.
Alex Yee and Beth Potter are the only British names currently named as part of the Team GB or ParalympicsGB squads who will swim in the Seine, bike down the Champs Elysees and run to the finish on Pont Alexandre III bridge.
The Olympic Games will kick off with the men’s individual race on Tuesday 30 July, with the women’s race the day after. Team GB will look to retain the mixed relay gold medal in the mixed relay on Monday 5 August.
The Paralympic action will see Britain’s paratriathletes take to the course on 1-2 September, with this year’s Games having the most classifications competed over in the sport’s third Paralympic inclusion.
World Triathlon Para Series Swansea
Taking place on the fourth weekend in June, this year will mark the third edition of World Triathlon Para Series Swansea, with South Wales once again set to welcome the best paratriathletes from around the world to compete.
Having debuted in 2022 as the first standalone World Triathlon Para Series event to take place in Great Britain, the event has welcomed elite, British Paratri Super Series and novice participants over the past two years.
Added incentive for those at the top of the sport, the event will take place within the qualification window for Paris, providing them with the opportunity to secure potentially vital qualifying points.
Whilst Beth Potter and Dave Ellis and his guide Luke Pollard took many of the headlines after the World Triathlon Championship Finals in Pontevedra last year, they weren’t the only ones to secure the world champion crown in 2023. Across the year, 91 British Triathlon members became world champions through representing the Great Britain Age-Group Team.
Malaga will host the 2024 Championship Finals for elite triathlon and paratriathlon, and Age-Group aquabike, sprint and standard triathlon in October, with Townsville in Australia hosting the 2024 World Triathlon Multisport Championships. Elsewhere, Zofingen will once again host the World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships in September.
Having become IRONMAN World Champion in Kona in 2023, the rotating format of the IRONMAN World Championships will see Lucy Charles-Barclay seek to defend her crown in Nice. The 2024 championships will see the men’s racing hosted in Kona having been in Nice last year. Elsewhere in long course racing, 2023 saw Emma Pallant-Browne crowned World Triathlon Duathlon Champion in Ibiza.
British and Home Nation Championships and Age-Group Qualifiers
Having already been announced, throughout next year there will be opportunities for British Triathlon Home Nation members to secure themselves a domestic champion crown and to seek qualification to represent the Great Britain Age-Group Team.
There are various opportunities to qualify to represent the Age-Group Team in 2023 and eight British Championships covering a variety of triathlon and paratriathlon disciplines and distances. One of those will be the first British Triathlon Mixed Team Relay Championships at Cholmondeley Castle in June.
British Triathlon Super Series
Providing regular racing opportunities for the best domestic talent to further their development, the British Triathlon Super Series has been a proving ground for a number of this year’s World Class Programme contingent.
Paratri, Senior and Youth and Junior series’ will be competed in throughout the year before coming to their conclusions in September for the Grand Final.
New CEO: Ruth Daniels
Having been announced in November last year, Ruth Daniels will succeed Andy Salmon as British Triathlon CEO. Her first day will be Monday 29 January with Salmon’s final day at the organisation being Friday 2 February, helping to provide a smooth transition before he departs for Swim England’s CEO role.