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Developing disability triathlon in Scotland


Developing disability triathlon in Scotland

Triathlon is a rapidly growing sport, and disability triathlon in Scotland looks set to join the party.

With triathlon experiencing incredible growth around the world and the fact that triathlon is making its debut appearances at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015 and the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016, it is no wonder that we are now starting to see a rise in the number of disability athletes giving the sport a go.

To support these developments, triathlonscotland have been working to develop disability triathlon in their clubs and events over the past few years. Several workshops have been held for clubs, coaches and event organisers to increase their knowledge and understanding of disability triathlon, and how they can play their part in supporting athletes with a disability to get involved in the sport. They have also created a Disability Triathlon Working group which is supported by Scottish Disability Sport and members of the Scottish triathlon community to help guide the development of such opportunities in Scotland.

The number of disability athletes in clubs is also on the rise, increasing by 29% between 2013 and 2014. This looks set to continue with increasing disability triathlon opportunities on the horizon and a number of successful paratriathletes to look up to who can help inspire others to take the plunge and try a triathlon.

To further the work that has already been done, triathlonscotland are now working in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport and South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture to host a disability specific entry level triathlon event. Named the “Disability Come and Triathlon”, the event will provide an opportunity for athletes with a disability to try the sport in a relaxed and fun environment. It is open to all athletes with a physical, sensory or learning disability and offers three race distances to choose from.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the sport, provide an opportunity for people to give it a go in a relaxed environment and encourage an increase in participation and club membership amongst those with a disability. The event organisers simply want more people to know about triathlon and that it is another sporting option for them.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Jane Scott


Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 23:00