British Triathlon's Paralympic Talent Identification Campaign
- Do you love endurance training?
- Are you motivated to see your hard work and dedication pay off with performances?
- Are you up for a challenge that’s hard, but also addictive and makes you want to keep coming back for more?
- Do you want to be part of a sport renowned for being friendly and taking care of people?
- Are you excited by the chance to develop as a person, and not just an athlete?
If the answer is yes, then the paratriathlon performance pathway could be for you.
Our Talent Identification (TID) campaign is aimed at finding talented athletes with the potential to become medallists at future Paralympic Games. A relatively new Paralympic sport, paratriathlon made its Paralympic debut on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2016.
Paratriathlon is three sports in one and internationally athletes compete over the “sprint” distance, which consists of:
- 750m Open Water Swim
- 20km Bike
- 5km Run/Push
Paratriathlon is a non-drafting format of the sport, which means that after a mass start, athletes compete in a time trial against their competitors. This creates some fantastic racing as athletes use their differing strengths to try and gain as great an advantage as possible over their rivals as they progress through the three disciplines of a race.
For the first time ever we will be starting the TID journey online. This gives both us and you more flexibility in the process and allows a far greater number of athletes to engage with the sport at this stage.
When starting your journey on our performance pathway you don’t necessarily have to have a background in triathlon, and the team that competed in Rio came from a wide variety of sports including swimming, athletics, football, cycling, rugby, surf lifesaving and rowing.
Athletes will have a chance to hear all about the sport, the classification system (and how to be classified, if you’re not already), learn about the performance pathway, what it takes to make it to the top and where to get started, if you haven’t already. There will also be the chance to meet some of the athletes who are already on our pathway, who will share their experiences and hopefully be able to give you some advice based on their personal experiences so far. You can find out which impairment types are eligible for paratriathlon by checking out our classification page.
Our first virtual 'Introduction to the Paratriathlon Pathway' session will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021.
If you’d love to come and learn more about the sport, with a view to joining our performance pathway, then please complete the form on the link below and we’ll be in touch with more details. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 13 April 2021.