Australia’s Paratriathletes to share Yokohama WTS spotlight with men and women’s elite for the first time…

Australian Paratriathlete Brant Garvey [photo: Delly Carr]

This weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Series round in Yokohama will represent another major milestone in the sport’s history with Paratriathlon events staged on the same WTS program as the Elite men and women for the first time.

And the Australians will be in the thick of the action for this inaugural World Paratriathlon event.

Joining the likes of Australia’s Commonwealth Games triathletes Emma Moffatt, Aaron Royle, Emma Jackson, Ryan Bailie and Dan Wilson will be seven of Australia’s best Paratriathletes who have set their sights on Rio de Janeiro when the sport debuts on the Paralympic stage for the first time in 2016.

Representing Australia in the inaugural World Paratriathlon event on Saturday will be Men’s PT1 – Nic Beveridge (QLD); Men’s PT2 – Glen Jarvis (VIC) and Brant Garvey (WA); Men’s PT4 – Justin Godfrey (VIC); Men’s PT5 – Jeremy McLure (VIC); Women’s PT3: Sally Pilbeam (WA) and Women’s PT4 – Claire McLean (WA). (See Classifications attached).

Jarvis and McLean are already Paralympians in their own right in swimming and cycling.

The Australian Paratriathlon Elite squad have been divided into two squads with a second Elite group, including the likes of four-time ITU World champion Bill Chaffey, Jonathan Goerlach and Jack Swift set to make their World Paratriathlon Event debuts in Chicago next month.

Australian Paratriathlete Justin Godrey [photo: Delly Carr]

Triathlon Australia’s National Manager for Paratriathlon, Kathryn Periac said from Yokohama today that “it is just beginning to sink in” for the seven Australians who will race across six categories.

“This is big, this is exciting and they are (thrilled) to be part of it,” said Periac.

“Around 60 Paratriathletes will compete in the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Event, alongside the World Triathlon Series event.

“For the first time elite triathletes and Paratriathletes are showcased together, in this wonderful triathlon venue with all its tradition.

“With Rio just two years away now the racing will be fierce.”

The Paratriathlon will kick start a busy weekend’s racing on Saturday morning at 7:55 (AEST) over the 750m (swim), 20km (bike) and 5km (run).

It will be followed by round three of the ITU WTS Elite women at 11am (AEST) with the Elite Men’s race set down for Saturday at 2pm (AEST) over the Standard Distance (1.5km swim), 40km (bike) and 10km (run).

 -Ian Hanson