The ITU has committed to support the development of paratriathlon for over 20 years. There are currently nine sport classes for athletes with impairments to compete in six different medal events 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 Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after the successful debut at 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)
Masamitsu Tomikawa - Japan
Carolyn Murray - Canada
Jon Beeson - USA
Neil Mac Leod - Italy
Alfred Lipp - Germany
Rob Noordzij - Netherlands
Classification Advisory Group
Shana Harrington - Head of Classification (USA)
Katerina Magkou - Deputy Head of Classification (GRE)
Marguerite Christophers (NZL)
Emma Cranfield (GBR)
Paul Grandjean (NED)
Eric Angstadt Torres - ITU Staff representative
Dr Debbie Alexander - Executive Board liaison