By Merryn Sherwood on 04/07/12 at 6:17 am
Paratriathlon in the Americas has received another boost, with a successful paratriathon camp leading into the first stand alone PATCO Paratriathlon Continental Championships to be staged in Edmonton this weekend.
A total of 15 athletes are attending the camp, with coaches and athletes from six different countries; Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. The youngest athlete is just 17, the oldest in his 50s and they come from all of the six different paratriathlon classification categories.
The paratriathlon camp has a series of paratriathlon seminars open to all athletes, coaches and technical officials and has been designed and presented by Triathlon Canada and supported by ITU Sport Department.
A total of 24 athletes are registered for the race that will take part on July 6 and the 2012 PATCO Paratriathlon Championships will also serve as the 2012 Canadian Paratriathlon National Championships.
“The Edmonton Triathlon Academy are very happy to be able to stretch our resources to work with Triathlon Canada on this great development initiative,” said Sheila O’Kelly, Executive Director of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy. “I have no doubt that we are at the start of a significant development initiative not just for Canada but for the Americas on the para road to Rio 2016. “
“The community is excited, the LOC team is working very hard, and we are looking forward to a great event. The City of Edmonton has been outstanding in its support, especially with such short notice, we appreciate everyone’s support and understanding as we march towards the July 6 first ever PATCO Paratriathlon Championship as a stand alone event.”
ITU has committed to support the development of paratriathlon for over 15 years, and the sport was officially accepted for inclusion into the Paralympic Games in late 2011, to make its Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games. To read more on paratriathlon, please click here
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