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Paratriathlon

Paratriathlon is a multidisciplinary endurance sport that challenges athletes to a continuous race over three disciplines: swim, cycle and run.

Competition categories are based on types of impairment both physical and visual. Depending on the category, athletes may use a handcycle, tandem bicycle or bicycle on the bike course, while wheelchairs are permitted on the run section.

Australian paratriathletes have the opportunity each year to be selected to compete for Australia at the International Triathlon Union World Championships.

Paratriathlon will debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

EVENTS/DISCIPLINES

  • Sprint Distance Triathlon - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run. (individual and team entry options)
  • Enticer Distance Triathlon - 200m swim, 5km bike, 1.5km run *non competitive* (individual and team entry options)

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CLASSIFICATIONS

Who is eligible for Paratriathlon?

Athletes with a vision impairment or physical impairment 

Classification of athletes

Classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in para-sports have
an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage. Consequently, a system has to be put in place to minimise the impact of impairments on sport performance and to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This system is called classification.

Classification determines who is eligible to compete in a para-sport and it groups the eligible athletes in sport classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport.

What are the classes? 

A sport class is a category which groups athletes depending on how much their impairment impacts performance in their sport. Therefore, a sport class is not necessarily comprised of one impairment type alone, but can be comprised of athletes with different impairments.

There are five sport classes in paratriathlon:

PT1 - Wheelchair users. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.

PT2 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 454,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices. 

PT3 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 455,0 to 494,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PT4 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 495,0 to 557,0 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PT5  - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

How do I get a classification?

Please visit the ITU website to find out more about the classification process or contact paratriathlon@triathlon.org.au

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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