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Triathlon Australia is in the process of establishing the Tri-4-All program. The primary aim of the Tri-4-All program is to encourage people with a range of physical disabilities to commence participating in triathlon. The program will then provide them with the skills, confidence and enjoyment to optimise the likelihood that they continue participating in the sport throughout their lives. A secondary aim is to encourage existing triathlon coaches to participate in coaching athletes with disabilities by obtaining additional para-triathlon coaching skills.
Australian para-triathletes have the opportunity each year to be selected to compete for Australia at the International Triathlon Union World Championships. If you are interested in competing at the ITU World Championships as a para-triathlete please contact Triathlon ACT.
- TRI 1 - Hand
cycle: Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Polio, Double Leg Amputee. Must use handcycle on bike course and racing wheelchair on run.
- TRI 2 - Severe leg impairment including above knee amputees. Athlete must ride bicycle and run with above knee prosthesis (or similar prosthesis) or run using crutches.
- TRI 3 - Les Autre: This category includes athletes with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, double leg amputee runners or paralysis in multiple limbs. Athlete will ride a bicycle and run. Athlete may use braces or prosthesis if required.
- TRI 4 - Arm impairment including paralysis, above-elbow amputees and below-elbow amputees, or impairment in both upper limbs. Athlete may use prosthesis, brace or sling on the bike and/or run.
- TRI 5 - Moderate leg impairment including below-knee amputees. Athlete rides bicycle and runs with prosthesis.
- TRI 6 - Visual Impairment, legally Blind (20/200 vision with best corrective vision). A handler of the same sex is mandatory throughout the race. Athlete is tethered during the swim and run. Athlete uses a tandem bicycle.
For more information about the Classification you can go there.
On the 11th of December 2010 the International Triathlon Union announced that para-triathlon had been accepted into the Paralympic Games and will debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The International Paralympic Committee made the decision at the IPC Governing Board meeting in Guangzhou, China ahead of the 10th Asian Para Games.
For further information relating to para-triathlons please visit the International Triathlon Union dedicated para-triathlon site http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/