GB Paratri ready for Alanya

Largest ever paratriathlon squad set for ETU European Championships


British Triathlon has named its largest ever paratriathlon squad for the ETU European Championships in Alanya, Turkey, next month. World Champions Steven Judge and Iain Dawson have their sights on adding to their international medal tallies, whilst Talent squad members will look forward to their first major international events.


The team of seventeen athletes and five guides will compete in the Paratriathlon on Sunday 16 June. The event covers a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run with athletes using hand bikes and racing chairs as necessary depending on their disability. Visually impaired athletes race with a sighted guide athlete.

British Paratriathlon Performance Manager, Jonathon Riall commented: “We’re delighted to have been able to select our largest ever Paratriathlon team for the European Championships. It definitely feels like we are on the road to Rio now and the additional UK Sport Lottery funding has enabled us to take a truly world-class support team with us as well.

“This event is about maintaining our position as the world’s top paratriathlon nation, providing racing opportunities in preparation for the world championships in London and developing athletes in new categories.”

Clare Cunningham is one of the longest serving members of the Great Britain Paratriathlon Team, having won the European title in Holten in 2009.

She commented: “I’ve been part of the British Paratriathlon set up since it started, and it’s really exciting to be part of the biggest ever team. Since finding out that we would have the opportunity to be part of the Paralympics in Rio things have really stepped up and the British team leads the way in terms of professionalism and results.

“I’m in good shape and really looking forward to the Europeans. I last won the title in 2009 and I hope that the fact it’s my birthday during the Championships is a good omen for it being a special weekend for me and the rest of the team.”

Reigning European Champions Jane Egan, Iain Dawson and Charlotte Ellis will look to defend their titles in Alanya as well as mentor new members. Many of the new squad members are benefitting from Triathlon England Talent Squad funding from Sport England, enabling them to compete internationally for the first time.

Great Britain Paratriathlon Squad, ETU European Championships, 14-16 June 2013


Phil Hogg, 43, Heanor, Derbyshire

Jimmy Goddard, 35, Bracknell

Joe Townsend, 25, Eastbourne

Jane Egan, 42, Glasgow, World Champion 2010 & 2011


Steve Judge, 40, Eckington, Sheffield, World Champion 2011 & 2012

Sarah Pearson, 42, South Devon


Joe Allen, 25, Bridport, Devon

Dave Hill, 24, Bath

Clare Cunningham, 35, Cambridge

Lauren Steadman, 20, Peterborough


George Peasgood, 17, Saffron Walden, Essex

Adrian Heathfield, 38, Kent


Haseeb Ahmed, 43, Leicester, guided by Ben Matthews

Iain Dawson, 36, Norwich, World Champion 2010 & 2012, guided by Carl Shaw

David Ellis, 26, Heanor, Derbyshire, guided by Luke Watson

Charlotte Ellis, 28, Redcar, Yorkshire, World Champion 2010 & 2011, guided by Jenny Manners


Melissa Reid, 22, Truro, guide TBC