On the 10 Dec 2010 a very nervous but exciting day the Paratriathlon was accepted as a Paralympic Sport , the pinnacle achievement of any sport . This was down to several factors, Paratriathlon being very popular and fast growing. Having the tireless backing of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) over 15 years of support, especially Grant Darby, Thanos Nikopoulos, Jon Beeson, Dr Sarah Springman and Mark Barfield. Plus the backing of many National Federations around the World, British Triathlon Federation (BTF) being at the for front Mark Barfield, Dr Sarah Springman, Jonathon Riall and Julian Wills driving Paratriathlon on at national level, creating a domestic Paratriathlon Series and a National Championships which is open to all who can cover the sprint distance.

Classification

Physically Challenged Competition Categories shall be established based on physical disabilities. Medical evidence shall be required as to disability and classification.

The six categories are as follows:

TRI 1 - Handcycle: Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Polio, Double Leg Amputee. Must use handcycle on bike course and racing wheelchair on run. Allowed two helpers in Transition

TRI 2 - Severe leg impairment including above knee amputees. Athlete must ride bicycle and run with above knee prosthesis (or similar prosthesis) or run using crutches. Allowed one helper in Transition

TRI 3 - Les Autre: This category includes athletes with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, double leg amputee runners or paralysis in multiple limbs. Athlete will ride a bicycle and run. Athlete may use braces or prosthesis if required. Allowed one helper in Transition. Jo Smith the best 'transition babe' I could wish for!!

TRI 4 - Arm impairment including paralysis, above-elbow amputees and below-elbow amputees, or impairment in both upper limbs. Athlete may use prosthesis, brace or sling on the bike and/or run. Allowed one helper in Transition

TRI 5 - Moderate leg impairment including below-knee amputees. Athlete rides bicycle and runs with prosthesis. Allowed one helper in Transition.

TRI 6 - Visual Impairment, legally Blind (20/200 vision with best corrective vision). A handler of the same sex is mandatory throughout the race. Athlete is tethered during the swim and run. Athlete uses a tandem bicycle. No helpers allowed in Transition

Useful Links

British Triathlon - Paratriathlon

Internation Triathlon Union - Paratriathlon