A capital race just made a positive move for disabled athletes

Andy Lewis

British Paralympian Andy Lewis

An international sports event has proven that it’s on track for inclusion awareness with the chance for disabled athletes to compete on a level playing field for the first time in Abu Dhabi.

The ITU World Triathlon, taking place from 2nd to 3rd March 2018 on Yas Island, will see the addition of new dedicated para-triathlete categories, with varying bands dependent on different needs.

The event, which features a swim-cycle-run format, is the global opener for the triathlon season, with further events taking place in locations including Bermuda, Yokohama, Japan and the Gold Coast of Australia.

With categories designed for athletes who require a wheelchair, amputees, those with limb deficiencies, sight impairment and cerebral palsy among other conditions, the race for para-triathletes will kick off on 2nd March with Paralympians Andy Lewis and Mohamed Lana set to compete.

Commenting on the new categories, Lahna praised the event’s inclusive practices:
“Growing up, I could never have imagined achieving what I have.

“I attended the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2017 as a spectator – it’s a really unique event so
I was delighted to hear that I would have the chance to compete in 2018,” he continued.

“I hope that with the introduction of para waves at this year’s event in Abu Dhabi, people from across the region and worldwide will see that triathlon can be a gateway to a healthier and more active lifestyle, and who knows, maybe even a future career in sport.”

For more information on the ITU World Triathlon, visit: abudhabi.triathlon.org

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