Britain’s first ever standalone World Triathlon Para Series event is being held in Swansea on Saturday (6 August) as the world’s best paratriathletes race at Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea.
The World Triathlon Para Series races headline a day of swim, bike, run and is part of a week-long para sport festival in the Welsh city, which has also included the first ever International Paratriathlon Conference.
What is Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea?
The World Triathlon Para Series brings together the world’s best paratriathletes for an annual series of elite paratriathlon events hosted in different cities around the world with races in Yokohama and Montreal already being held this year.
Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea is a new event on the 2022 WTPS calendar and is part of a three-year commitment with Swansea set to host the event through to the Paris Paralympic Games in 2024.
As well as the WTPS races, the event will also include racing in the British Triathlon Paratri Super Series, featuring up-and-coming British paratriathletes, and a GO TRI Disability Aquathlon for anyone with an impairment to take part in their own swim-run event.
The first British Triathlon Paratri Super Series race start is at 08:30 (UK Time) followed by the GO TRI Aquathlon at 10:30 and then the World Triathlon Para Series races from 13:00.
Where is the event taking place?
The event, which is free for spectators to watch, will centre around Swansea’s SA1 Waterfront, including the start, finish and transition for all of the day’s racing, as well as the event village, featuring entertainment and food and drink venues.
The World Triathlon Para Series races will start with a 750m swim in the Prince of Wales Dock, before transitioning and heading out through the Maritime Quarter for four laps along Oystermouth Road and Victoria Road for the 19km bike course.
Athletes will pass Swansea Beach, Swansea Arena and Swansea Museum as they complete the bike laps before heading back to SA1 Waterfront to transition onto the run.
The run will see athletes head down Kings Road before starting the laps on Kings Road, then along the bike path alongside Fabian Way and joining Langdon Road back onto Kings Road. After three laps, it’s back down Kings Road to the finish line, next to the event village.
The British Triathlon Paratri Super Series route is different to the afternoon course with the WTPS run course being used as the Super Series bike course and the Super Series run taking place around the waterfront.
Who is competing?
Over 100 of the world’s best paratriathletes will be competing with over 25 different nations expected to be represented on the Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea start line.
There’s a strong British contingent with 12 British paratriathletes on the start list including Paralympic medallists George Peasgood (men’s PTS5) and Claire Cashmore (women’s PTS5), as well as newly crowned Commonwealth champions Dave Ellis, guided by Luke Pollard, and Katie Crowhurst, guided by Jess Fullagar, in the PTVI races.
The international stars are headlined by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic champions Kendall Gretsch (USA, women’s PTWC) and Alex Hanquinquant (FRA, men’s PTS4) who both won gold in Tokyo 12 months ago.
There will also be multiple current world champions and Paralympic, world and continental medallists competing including reigning PTS2 world champions Jules Ribstein (FRA) and Hailey Danz (USA) and men’s PTS5 world champion Chris Hammer (USA).
The full start lists for Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea can be viewed here.
How can I watch?
The event is free for spectators and no tickets are required so anyone can come down to Swansea’s SA1 waterfront to watch the racing in-person and also enjoy what the event village and surrounding area has to offer.
The World Triathlon Para Series races will also be available to watch live on British Triathlon’s YouTube channel or https://www.triathlonlive.tv/.
What is the legacy of the event?
Ahead of the inaugural event, over 3,000 children have participated in Welsh Triathlon’s schools legacy programme which has seen Welsh Triathlon visit schools across Swansea, delivering inclusive swim, bike and run activities.
This year’s event headlines part Disability Sport Wales’ Para Sport Festival, a week-long festival of para sport activities taking place in and around Swansea and South Wales.
Ahead of the event, British Triathlon, in partnership with World Triathlon, also hosted the first International Paratriathlon Conference, bringing together national triathlon federations from across the world.
How can I get involved in paratriathlon?
Find out more about getting into the world of swim, bike, run by visiting our get involved page here.
If you’re interested in getting started in paratriathlon, British Triathlon are holding a talent ID event on Sunday 11 September at Eton Dorney. More information can be found here.