Information for Athletes
What do I need to do to get involved in triathlon?
It’s pretty easy really, just find your nearest club using our Club Finder, contact the club to enquire about going along or simply turn up to one of their training sessions – times and locations are usually listed on each clubs website. As is normal with any new activity, discuss your abilities with the lead coach so they are aware of your limitations and any adaptations that may be required. You might also want to check out the venues the club uses to ensure accessibility won’t be a problem.
Otherwise, just pack your kit and head to training!
You may also be interested in becoming involved in coaching, officiating and volunteering. Triathlon clubs and events are always keen for more support so discuss what you want to do with your club or visit our coaching, officiating and volunteering pages.
What kit do I need?
You may be surprised to know that you don’t need lots of fancy, expensive kit to get involved in triathlon. Basic requirements are:
- Swimsuit & goggles (plus a wetsuit if you plan on doing open water swimming)
- A road worthy bike and helmet
- Shorts, t-shirt & trainers
For more information on your first triathlon, check out our FAQs.
However, depending on your disability, you may require additional, specialised equipment, such as a hand cycle or a suitable prosthesis. For advice and guidance with this, contact your local Scottish Disability Sport Regional Manager or Branch.
What competitions can I take part in?
You can take part in many of the events listed on our event calendar. It is advisable to contact each race organiser to discuss any additional needs you may have, e.g. a chair poolside to allow you to put your prosthesis on before heading off to transition and your bike. Where possible, race organisers will accommodate you, however please be aware that not all courses are suitable for some disabilities, e.g. a run course that is not suitable for a wheelchair user due to the surfaces/terrain.
In partnership with Scottish Disability Sport and South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture, Triathlon Scotland hosted a Disability Come and Triathlon at Blantyre Leisure Centre on Sunday 20th September 2015. This event was specifically for athletes with a disability and was open to anyone from 8 years to adults. There were three race distance options available to choose from, bikes were provided for those who needed them and additional support was provided from a great team of volunteers. Watch our short video below to hear from competitors.
Entry will be open in 2016 via this link http://www.entrycentral.com/disabilitycomeandtriathlon
While many of you can take part in any race on the calendar, for 2015 there are some events which are designed around the needs of paratriathletes, including:
- National Duathlon Championships, Corby, 29th March
- Llaneli Paratriathlon, 16th May
- Arctic One Paratriathlon, 28th June
- English Championships, Mallory Park, Leicestershire, 19th July
- Paratriathlon Race, Eton Dorney, 9th August
- British Championships, date tbc
- TriTogether London, August
In addition to these there will also be a series of pool based paratriathlon races in Blackpool which are designed for athletes of all abilities over a variety of distances. These will be held on 10th May and 2nd August 2015 and for information on these events, contact Mike Myers – email@example.com