Getting in to Disability Triathlon
If you want to get into triathlon for the first time we’ve got all the information you’ll need.
If you want to try and become a bit more active, regardless of your disability or medical condition, triathlon can be the sport for you. If you are not sure about swimming you can do a duathlon (running and cycling) and if you don’t want to cycle you could either use a tandem, tricycle or other adapted bike, or do an aquathlon (running and swimming). You can use a wheelchair for the running section.
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Disability Novice Training Days
British Triathlon will be running some Novice Training Days specifically for people with a disability across the country starting in October . These will take place in accessible venues with equipment available and friends and family can take part too. No experience is needed! To receive further details, please contact Ilona Berry.
Not sure if you’re ready to take on an organised triathlon event? Why not create your own with #YourGOTRI at gotri.org/yourgotri. Simply pick a swim, cycle and run from a range of fun options and complete each one in your own time, to finish your very first triathlon – from a splash in the bath to a 750m swim, from a bike ride with friends to something a bit further and perhaps a run for the bus – the joy of #YourGOTRI!
GO TRI is a useful website containing hints and tips and guides on completing a triathlon.
There are a number of way to take part in an event:
- Triathlon Scotland are delighted to be working with Scottish Disability Sport to deliver a Scottish Para Come & Tri Series. These event are ‘come and try’ event designed for athletes with a disability to try the sport of triathlon in a fun, supported and relaxed environment. The courses are all contained within the grounds of their venue with plenty of space for athlete support and spectators. Each participant will receive a medal on completion of each race as a memento.
- You can also 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.
- Finally there are some events other events across the UK which are designed around the needs of paratriathletes, information on these can be found on the British Triathlon website (link below).
Everyone and anyone can compete in triathlon regardless of their level of ability or impairment. However, if you wish to compete specifically in ‘Paratriathlon’ events or have ambitions of being a Paralympian then you will need to be classified so that it can be decided which category you would fit into. To find out more about Paratriathlon including information about classification head to our Paratriathlon page under Performance.
Most triathlon clubs are very accommodating and inclusive and will offer help to anyone who comes along. If you want to know more about a club before going along for the first time then it is often a good idea to get in contact before you go so that you can be assured about what to expect when you do go.
For more information on getting involved in a club take a look at the Disability Triathlon page under Clubs.
If you need specific advice about how to get started in your local area then please contact the Triathlon Scotland Development Team.