Paratriathletes to take on Liverpool course ahead of Paralympics
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British Triathlon has revealed that Tri Liverpool will host the British Paratriathlon Championships alongside elite, age-group and beginner racing on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
Paratriathletes will arrive in Liverpool for a final racing opportunity ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games, taking place in Rio in September. In addition, competitors looking to qualify for the 2017 ETU Paratriathlon European Championships in Kitzbuhuel, Austria will have the chance to add points to their tally.
Jonathan Riall, British Paratriathlon Head Coach, said:
“The British Paratriathlon Championships arrive at a fitting point in the 2016 calendar. With a month to go until the sport makes its debut at the Rio Paralympics, athletes will be looking to make their final preparations ahead of the Games and get race-ready on home soil.”
Both elite and amateur paratriathletes will come together for the first race of the day on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Taking on the sprint distance, competitors will swim 750m, cycle 20km using hand cycles, bicycles or tandem bicycles with a guide and a 5km wheelchair or running race. Athletes compete in six categories according to the nature of their physical ability.
“Not only do the championships offer an occasion to showcase some of the country’s finest sporting talent, they also create a chance to unearth potential stars of the future and increase paratriathlon participation; giving novices the chance to race alongside established names. It should be a great day combining all aspects of multisport for spectators to enjoy.”
Participants who are physically or visually impaired who aspire to compete in national or international paratriathlon can obtain an official classification before Tri Liverpool by emailing the paratriathlon team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEO of British Triathlon, Jack Buckner, said:
“This announcement is significant for our sport, as we look to bring together both triathletes and paratriathletes to compete on the same iconic course. With flat terrain, swift transition and a looping urban route, it’s a chance for all our competitors to aim for a smooth performance, whether it be a potential Rio rehearsal for our elite paratriathletes, or just for fun.”
Further British Championship races taking place at Tri Liverpool are the British Elite Sprint DistanceTriathlon Championships and the British Age-Group Standard Distance Championships. A fully inclusive event which aims to cater for participants of all abilities and experience, Tri Liverpool will also host a sprint distance race, sprint relay and GO TRI+ beginner event on the day. Around 2000 participants are expected to take part, with the standard distance race already at maximum capacity with a waiting list of over 100 people looking to enter.