15 Jul 2016
Loughborough based para-triathletes selected for Rio
Nine Loughborough based para-triathletes have been selected by ParalympicsGB to compete at the Rio 2016 Games.
They will also make historyas the sport makes its debut in the Paralympic programme when the athletes take to the water and streets around Copacabana.
The nine athletes selected are all based at the Loughborough Performance Triathlon Centre, a partnership between British Triathlon and Loughborough University.
Those selected include Alison Patrick, who with guide Hazel Smith, successfully defended her European title at the 2016 European Championships in Lisbon.
Fellow European Champion Andy Lewis is joined in the PT2 category in Rio by World Championships bronze medallist, Ryan Taylor.
Speaking about his selection Andy Lewis said:
“I’m absolutely honoured to represent ParalympicsGB in Rio. I’ve only been doing triathlon for two years and started quite late, but I’ve put absolutely everything into it and given it my all and the hard work has paid off now I’ve been selected.
“To be there and be part of history as triathlon makes its debut at the Games is just amazing. The sport is growing and growing and hopefully Rio will help encourage more people to get involved in triathlon.”
In the PT1 category, for wheelchair users, 2016 European Championship bronze medallist Joe Townsend is selected, as is Phil Hogg who finished fifth at the same event.
In the men’s PT4 event, George Peasgood and another swimmer-turned-triathlete David Hill are selected. Peasgood finished just ahead of team-mate Hill at the recent European Championships, securing fifth and Hill sixth.
In the women’s equivalent category Faye McClelland and Clare Cunningham, who finished in second and fourth at the Euros, have been selected. Cunningham will appear in her third Games after two as a swimmer in the 1990s.
Jonathon Riall, Team Leader and Head Coach for Para-triathlon, said:
“The last few years have been a race to qualify slots and to ensure that we are ready to take on anything that the rest of the world throws at us in competition. Standards are rising quickly in this sport because it is so new.
“I believe we have selected the best possible British team, which has the potential to win medals and make its mark as para-triathlon debuts at the Paralympic Games. I am looking forward to seeing them take to the biggest stage in disability sport.”