Triathlon Canada and its team of athletes offered official support to
the International Triathlon Union's bid for inclusion of Para-Triathlon
into the Paralympic Summer Games lineup in Rio De Janeiro 2016, the
governing body for the sport in Canada announced on Thursday.
Triathlon Canada has joined a star-studded lineup of athletes and
organizations backing the bid to encourage the International Paralympic
Committee to make a favourable decision for inclusion of Para-Triathlon
into the 2016 Games.
"Since making its debut in the Olympic Games in 2000, triathlon has
emerged as one of the fastest growing sports at all levels in Canada,
and around the world, and there is no question in our mind, the sport
should now also be showcased on the world's biggest stage for
Para-sports where it belongs," said Alan Trivett, executive director,
Triathlon Canada. "On behalf of Canada's entire team of para- and
able-bodied athletes, we give the International Triathlon Union our full
A total of eight Canadians were among the 88 athletes, representing
17 countries at the 2010 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Athletes competed in one of six categories that make up the
Para-Triathlon World Championships including: handcycle; leg impairment
above the knee; Les Autre; arm disability; leg impairment below the
knee; and visual disability. The sport is rapidly growing with
participants doubling since 2009, and now more than 35 nations competing
For the first time ever, Triathlon Canada held a weeklong training
camp in Budapest for its Para-Triathlon squad in 2010 to fully prepare
for the World Championships where Canadian athletes captured four
"There is no doubt inclusion into the Paralympic program will be a
boost for triathlon's continued growth around the world," said Jody
Barber, a 2010 Paralympian in cross-country skiing for Canada, who won a
bronze medal at the 2010 Para-Triathlon World Championships.
"Para-Triathlon is an exciting sport which can be enjoyed by anybody,
regardless of their age or disability. I would relish the opportunity to
be a part of showcasing this incredible summer sport at the Paralympic
level as well."
The International Paralympic Committee's decision is expected on Saturday.
Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country.
Recognized as an Olympic medal sport since 2000, Triathlon Canada's
mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of
triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada. For more information
on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com on the Internet.
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