The Royal Marines plan to host their first Rehabilitation Triathlon at Norton Manor camp, Taunton, on Thursday 25th April inspired by Sergeant Ryan Morris from 40 Commando Royal Marines.
As the Rio 2016 Paralympics plans to introduce triathlon for the first time at the Games we will see local competitors battle for their very own podium positions. Over 80 injured servicemen and women will compete in an adapted sprint triathlon, which will see them swimming (400m), cycling (20km) and completing an indoor row (5km).
The leading triathlon Series in the country, the Markel Castle Triathlon Series, is backing the event with a view to tailoring their UK event courses* for competitors with disabilities whilst working in conjunction with the military charity, BattleBack.
Competitors on Thursday 25th will include Royal Marines with injuries ranging from sports, military training to battlefield. The event is a pilot for a larger initiative planned for 2014.
Sergeant Ryan Morris is the Race Director: “Having worked in the area of rehabilitation for some years now I regularly see servicemen and women feeling demotivated as they are downgraded from their central roles in the unit. They thrive on being part of the team, having back the normality that sport participation can provide and enjoying the competitive nature of a new challenge. We have big plans to work with wider groups of Royal Marines and injured servicemen and women across the UK and look forward to trialling the event next week.”
For further information about the Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon contact Sergeant Ryan Morris on 07738 274969.
People interested in more information, or registering for the Markel Castle Triathlon Series can visit www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk.