Brits head to Devonport for the opening round of the World Triathlon Para Series


The World Triathlon Para Series kicks off in Devonport on Friday morning with seven British paratriathletes on the start line. 

Mel Nicholls is competing in Australia for the first time in her paratriathlon career in the women’s PTWC category. She comes into the race off the back of a strong 2023 season that saw her on the podium on seven occasions, including each of her last three races. Her best finish last season saw her win World Triathlon Para Cup Taranto.  

In the men’s PTS3 race, Henry Urand represents the British interest as he enters just his second paratriathlon season and his second World Triathlon Para Series event after an eighth-place finish on debut in Swansea last July. He ended the 2023 season with two podiums from his last three races including a gold medal at World Triathlon Para Cup Taranto.  

Two Brits line up for the men’s PTS4 race with Finley Jakes and Michael Taylor in action. Jakes heads to Devonport following three successive trips to the podium at the end of 2023, with him picking up a silver medal at World Triathlon Cup Taranto as well as bronze medals in Malaga and Alhanda. 

Taylor is back racing for the first time since World Triathlon Para Series Swansea where he finished ninth.  The women’s PTS4 race sees Megan Richter return to paratriathlon action as she competes for the first time since she finished fourth at World Triathlon Para Championships Abu Dhabi.  

Oscar Kelly will be guided by Charlie Harding in the men’s PTVI race. The duo were in fine form at World Triathlon Para Series events in 2023, securing back-to-back silver medals in Montreal and Swansea. They then finished fourth at the Paris Paralympic Games Test Event.  

The women’s PTVI race sees Alison Peasgood, who will be guided by Brooke Gillies, return to paratriathlon racing. This will be the first time she has raced since securing a bronze medal at World Triathlon Para Championships Abu Dhabi in 2022 following a maternity break from the sport.  

You can watch all the action on Triathlon Live from 03:30 GMT.  

World Triathlon Para Series returns to Swansea on 22 June. This year, alongside the world’s best paratriathletes, the British Triathlon Paratri Super Series will take place on the same course. There are also four junior races for children aged 8-14 to get involved in. Learn more and sign up here.

If you’re interested in paratriathlon click here to learn more about how to get involved and British Triathlon’s Talent ID Days.  

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