British para-Triathletes are training to be selected to compete in Rio in 2016, when the sport will make its debut on the Paralympic programme.

British Triathlon held the first para-Triathlon National Championships in 2008, and the following year Clare Cunningham won the first gold medal for Great Britain at the 2009 World Championships.

In 2010, the first para-Triathlon performance programme was created to support athlete development through coaching, funding and training camps.

British athletes have consistently produced strong performances at World Championships, winning 11 medals at the 2012 Auckland ITU Aquathlon World Championships, six of them gold.

  • First year at a Paralympic Games:
  • Rio de Janeiro, 2016
  • Brief history:
  • Para-Triathlon will become part of the Paralympic programme for the first time at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Eligible impairment groups
  • Physical impairment groups and athletes with a visual impairment.
  • Rio 2016 venue:
  • Fort Copacabana (Copacabana Zone)


Athletes compete in three disciplines: 750m of Swimming, 20km of Cycling followed by a final 5km run.

For the Cycling section of the race, athletes may use a tandem bicycle, handcycle or bicycle, while a wheelchair may be used for the final 5km run to the finish line.

Rules ensure that athletes who have visual impairments can be assisted by a guide without giving the athletes any unfair disadvantages.

All equipment is subject to inspection and stringent rules to ensure competition is fair.


British athletes currently use the same classification system at both national and international level, which consists of six classifications.

However, due to para-Triathlon's newly acquired status as a Paralympic sport, it is likely that over the next two years the sport will adapt the classification system in agreement with the ITU and the IPC.

More information will be added soon.


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