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Paralympic Games

Since 1997 Paratriathlon events have been contested at the ITU World Championships, and from 2006 the ITU began lobbying for the inclusion of Paratriathlon as a Paralympic sport. ITU Paratriathlon events are conducted over the same distance as the triathlon Sprint Distance – 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.  Since the confirmation in 2010 that Paratriathlon would debut on the Paralympic program in Rio 2016 the number of entrants in the annual ITU World Championships has almost doubled again each year. More than 200 Paratriathletes from 30 countries competed in the 2013 World Championships. Inclusion into 2020 and beyond is still to be confirmed.

In July 2013, the IPC announced that Paratriathlon has been awarded six (6) medal events and a total of 60 quota positions for athletes for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Bill Chaffey - website

5 x ITU Paratriathlon Champion - Bill Chaffey. Credit: Delly Carr

The ITU will introduce an Elite Paratriathlon race to the World Championships in 2014. which will be in addition to the Open Paratriathlon race.  This will be the same distance as the Paralympic event, the Sprint Distance.  Further detail on this event, including how to qualify to compete is currently unknown and is expected to be made available in early 2014. The ITU Paratriathlon Ranking List will be a key component, and the current list is here.

The Triathlon Australia High Performance Plan is fully inclusive of the athletes, coaches, support staff and stakeholders in the Paralympic Paratriathlon pathway.

Katie Kelly & Michellie Jones win Paralympic Gold 

Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones win Australia's first Paralympic Gold Medal in Rio 2016 - credit: Delly Carr



Triathlon Australia Strategic Key Objective 3

Sustained International success through the provision of an effective and efficient elite athlete and elite coach pathway. 

  • International success is defined as medal winning performances at identified benchmark events, including the Paralympic Games and ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.
  • Specific medal targets will not be set until confirmation of classification system and events for benchmark events.



Collection and analysis of existing performance data to produce models of elite performance now and into the future.

A clearly defined athlete pathway within high performance.

Evidence based performance data informs the allocation of resources and all selection processes, from talent identification through to Paralympic selection.

Clear expectations clearly communicated to athletes, coaches and support staff within the high performance program.

Strong and effective partnerships with the National Institute Network and other potential collaborators in the provision of daily performance environments.

Provision of quality daily performance environments to identified athletes within the high performance pathway. This includes facilities, equipment and support services.

Identification and development of talented coaches to support the high performance athletes.

World Best coaching available to all athletes within the high performance pathway.

Strong and effective partnerships with domestic and international competition providers.

Opportunity to compete at high quality events both domestically and internationally.


For all information regarding classification for ITU Paratriathlon click here