Para Tri, the UK’s first ever stand-alone mass-participation sports event dedicated to people with disabilities, has partnered with global mobility specialist Ottobock UK for its inaugural event on 9 August 2015. Para Tri is the first in a wider series of events planned beyond 2015, which will include a Para Swim and a Para Run/Push.
Para Tri founder and Paralympian, Sophia Warner, said: “We are delighted that Ottobock UK has recognised the importance and potential magnitude of this trailblazing series. There is currently a significant gap in the market and we look forward to working closely with Ottobock to develop our series from the very beginning.”
The first Para Tri, to be held at the London 2012 rowing and canoeing venue, builds on the legacy of the Paralympics, but with one fundamental difference – it isn’t just for the elite. It gives the one million people with disabilities who participate in sport regularly, and those who want to be more active, the chance to come together, compete and have fun on a dedicated playing field for the first time.
As well as four individual events there are three relays that enable friends, family and colleagues, disabled and non-disabled, to face the challenge together, as long as there is one disabled person per team.
Warner added: “Para Tri is the realisation of a long-held dream that was inspired by taking part in many mass-participation events over the years, this is an exciting opportunity to make sport as fun as I know it can be for everyone.”
Ottobock UK will also provide technical support for all Para Tri participants on the day. It will be conducting various repairs to equipment throughout the day, such as wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs damaged in competition for an estimated 500 participants.