British Triathlon has confirmed its 2013 UK Sport Lottery-funded world-class paratriathlon squad. As the sport looks forward to its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016, four current ITU Paratriathlon World Champions feature in the squad.
Faye McClelland, Iain Dawson, Steven Judge and Matthew Emmerson were all crowned world champions in their various paratriathlon categories in Auckland in October. They form part of the new squad, which is focussed on achieving success at the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final London in September this year and Rio 2016 in the longer term.
Former world champion, Jane Egan is also part of the squad and Royal Marine Commando, Joe Townsend will aim to continue his excellent progress in the sport. Townsend dramatically featured in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games when he carried the Paralympic Flame into the London 2012 stadium via suspended overhead wires.
Lauren Steadman has been selected to the paratriathlon squad having competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games as part of the Team GB swimming team.
British Triathlon’s paratriathlon performance manager, Jonathon Riall, commented: “The UK Sport Lottery funded World-Class Programme features athletes who have proved themselves in a performance environment.
“They have already demonstrated their ability to perform at the highest level, and have unwavering commitment to achieve their aspirations in the sport. Having four current world champions demonstrates the strength that this squad has, and the results from some of our up and coming athletes demonstrates that they have the potential to be world and Paralympic champions in the future.
“It’s a really exciting time for our paratriathletes with the opportunity to race in a home world championships later this year, and to be part of the overall success of the Paralympics GB team in Rio.”
In addition to the UK Sport funded squad, the Triathlon England paratriathlon talent squad has also been confirmed. This squad benefits from Sport England funding and these talented athletes will have the opportunity to train with able bodied triathletes as well as access specific paratriathlon resources.
UK Sport Lottery-funded paratriathlon squad
For a description of the paratriathlon categories see http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/categories
Jane Egan, 42, Glasgow
Jimmy Goddard, 35, Bracknell
Joe Townsend, 24, Eastbourne
Steven Judge, 39, Eckington, Sheffield
Joe Allen, 25, Dorset
Faye McClelland, 33, Eastbourne
Clare Cunningham, 35, Cambridge
Lauren Steadman, 20, Peterborough
Matthew Emmerson, 26, Sandwich, Kent
George Peasgood, 17, Cambridge
Ian Dawson, 36, Norwich
Charlotte Ellis, 28, Redcar, Yorkshire
Melissa Reid, 22, Plymouth
Triathlon England paratriathlon talent squad (funded by Sport England)
Phil Hogg, 43, Derby
David Hill, 23, Somerset
David Ellis, 26, Derby
David Knott, 15, Southampton