Paralympic medallist and world and European champion Claire Cashmore MBE says it is a “huge honour” to have been appointed to the World Triathlon Para Series Swansea Board ahead of this year’s debut event.
Taking place on 6 August 2022, World Triathlon Para Series Swansea will be the first stand-alone paratriathlon event of this level to be hosted in the UK, with the world’s best paratriathletes returning to the city through to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
Adding an athlete’s voice and a wealth of experience of competing at international events to the Board, Cashmore has won two world titles, European gold and Paralympic bronze at Tokyo 2020 since transitioning to triathlon from swimming in 2017. As a swimmer, Cashmore competed at four Paralympic Games, including winning gold in Rio.
On her new role, Cashmore said: “It’s a huge honour to have been asked and appointed to the Board for World Triathlon Para Series Swansea. The fact that I have only been in this sport for a few years, and they see me fit for this role is a real honour.
“It just shows the kind of sport triathlon is. They are constantly looking to get athletes involved, get athletes’ voices and they really value what athletes have to say and what they think will work. I think that’s a really unique part of triathlon and something that is quite special.
“It’s a great opportunity to hopefully share some of my knowledge and hopefully add value to what the event is going to be and add an athlete perspective. To be part of it is quite special and it will probably make it even more special when I hopefully race there, seeing the amazing work the Board have put in place actually come to fruition.”
Announced as part of British Triathlon’s new major events strategy last year, World Triathlon Para Series Swansea will see the world’s best paratriathletes compete in and around the city’s Prince of Wales Dock, which will also welcome paratriathletes of all levels for a Para Sport Festival.
Speaking about the event, Cashmore added: “I remember the day I got told about the event and I just thought it’s such a massive step forward for paratriathlon in Britain. To get a stand-alone World Series event and hopefully inspire not only the next generation of paratriathletes but anyone of any ability, any age, to get involved in the sport is huge.
“Having a World Series event on home soil is just incredible and it will hopefully drive the momentum and the excitement around the sport. Being able to compete in front of a home crowd, and have friends and family come and watch you and support you at an event is always special, even more so now after the last few years and them not being able to go to Tokyo.”
Announcing the appointment, Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Claire to the Board for World Triathlon Para Series Swansea. Claire has a wealth of experience of competing at events worldwide and this experience, alongside her passion and insight as an athlete will be incredibly valuable to the Board in delivering what we hope will be a world-class paratriathlon event and a wider celebration of disability sport.”
World Triathlon Para Series Swansea will be delivered by British Triathlon in collaboration with UK Sport, World Triathlon, Welsh Triathlon, the Welsh Government and Swansea City Council in what will be a first for the national governing body.