The ITU has committed to support the development of paratriathlon for over 20 years. There are currently five sport classes for athletes with impairments to compete in over the sprint paratriathlon distance of 750m swim, 20km bike (handcycle/tandem), 5km run (wheelchair) at the different ITU races each season, including the ITU World Triathlon Championships.
The goals of the ITU Paratriathlon Committee are:
- To oversee the development of Paratriathlon within the triathlon community by growing participation at all levels, building a pathway to, and developing, elite performance, evolving events and building profile.
- To upholding ethical principles and fair play at all times including moving towards an evidence based Classification System.
- To work with the IPC in preparation for the debut of Paratriathlon in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, to promote the Paralympic values and to foster the growth of Paratriathlon as it becomes an integral and contributing part of the Paralympic movement.
ITU Paratriathlon Committee
Grant Darby - Canada (Chair)
Alicia García - Spain
Jon Beeson - USA
Neil Mac Leod - Italy
Alfred Lipp - Germany
Murray Hilder - Australia
Rob Noordzij - Netherlands
Marguerite Christophers - Head of Classification
Eric Angstadt Torres - ITU Staff representative
Dr Debbie Alexander - Executive Board liaison