Strathclyde to host ITU World Paratriathlon Event
on 24-09-2015 10:35
Strathclyde Park will host the penultimate round of the 2016 ITU World Paratriathlon Event series next June as athletes build their preparation towards the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Strathclyde is the only new venue in the seven event series. The event is set for 4-5 June 2016 and will host the world’s best paratriathletes in the lead up the sport making its Paralympic debut on Copacabana Beach in September 2016.
Strathclyde Park famously hosted the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Triathlon and saw thousands of spectators cheering the success of the Home Nations. It has also hosted numerous televised British Triathlon Super Series events and this summer held Great Britain Age-Group Team qualification races for the 2016 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships and the 2017 ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships.
"This venue was spectacular during the Commonwealth Games last summer, and we're delighted to be hosting an ITU World Paratriathlon Event here next June.” Paul McGreal
Paul McGreal, Owner of joint organisers, Durty Events, said: “We’re really excited to welcome the world's best paratriathletes to Strathclyde as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This venue was spectacular during the Commonwealth Games last summer, and we're delighted to be hosting an ITU World Paratriathlon Event here next June.”
Jonathan Riall, British Triathlon Paratriathlon Head Coach, said: “British Triathlon takes great pride in its Paratriathlon programme and Paratriathlon as a wider sport. This has been seen by the effort put in by many people since 2009, when we hosted the world’s first elite Paratriathlon event in Hyde Park alongside the able-bodied ITU World Triathlon Series race.
“I am delighted that as an organisation we have committed to maintaining a world class ITU Paratriathlon Event and excited to welcome the very best athletes in the world ahead of the sports first Paralympic Games.” Jonathan Riall
“I am delighted that as an organisation we have committed to maintaining a world class ITU Paratriathlon Event and excited to welcome the very best athletes in the world ahead of the sports first Paralympic Games.”
Complete 2016 ITU World Paratriathlon Event Calendar:
March 19-20: Buffalo City, South Africa
April 23-24: Penrith, Australia
May 14-15: Yokohama, Japan (held with ITU World Triathlon Series)
May 14-15: Aguilas, Spain
June 4-5: Besancon, France
June 4-5: Strathclyde, Great Britain
June 25-26: Iseo, Italy
A further ITU World Paratriathlon Event to be held in conjunction with the ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast is currently in discussion.
The announcement of Strathclyde, organised in collaboration between British Triathlon, Durty Events and Glasgow Triathlon Club, comes alongside the release of the 2016 ITU Triathlon World Cup season. For further details, please visit here.