Para triathlon was introduced to the Paralympic Games for the first time at Rio 2016. Para athletes race in 3 disciplines: 750 m swimming, 20 km cycling and 5 km running. Para athletes may use a hand cycle or a tandem bicycle (with a guide for competitors with a vision impairment) on the bike portion, and wheelchairs are permitted for the run portion.
Classifications are based on the Para athlete’s specific impairment, with five classes currently contested at International events.
The sport is practiced in 37 countries and is one of the fastest growing Para sports in the world.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 60 Para athletes from 18 countries competed in 6 different medal events.
For more information on Para triathlon visit the International Triathlon Union.
Para triathlon is currently supported in some regions in New Zealand. Register your interest now and we will help you to find a Para sport for you in your local area!