The 2024 World Para Triathlon Series will be held at the SA1 Waterfront in Swansea this year. Herald Wales reports that the triathlon event for athletes with disabilities will be held on 22-23 June, and it is the third time that the South Wales city has had the honour of hosting the event. 

Triathlons are demanding events that involve swimming, cycling and running set distances in quick succession. The swimming sections are typically held outdoors, often in open water such as lakes or the sea. Para triathlon events, for athletes with an impairment, were first included in the Paralympic Games at Rio in 2016. 

The event at Swansea this summer will see participants competing for points that will qualify them for the upcoming Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Britain already has a number of world-class para triathletes, including Dave Ellis who took the gold medal in Swansea last year, and Oscar Kelly who took silver. 

Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO, said: “Having organised Britain’s only standalone World Triathlon Para Series event two years running, I’m delighted we are returning to Swansea in June 2024. As we move into a Paralympic year, this event will offer athletes the opportunity to gain vital qualification points ahead of team selection.” 

He added: “Alongside the elite racing this year, the event will play host the British Paratri Super Series and include an aquathlon for children. We expect the day to be a great one for families with a whole host of exciting events planned in the event village.”

“Working with partners at UK Sport, Welsh Government, Swansea City Council and Welsh Triathlon, we are excited to once again welcome paratriathletes from around the world to Britain.”

The 2023 event was also a Paralympic qualification window, with six medal events for men and women across a variety of distances. The swimming stage takes place at the Prince of Wales Dock, while the cycling stage starts out along the seafront promenade before lapping the city centre. 

This year, there will also be special categories for children and young people to compete in events known as aquathlons, which include the swimming and running stages but omit the cycling stage. 

Esther Britten, Head of Major Events at UK Sport said: “Funded by The National Lottery, we’ve carefully built a programme of major events that will help GB athletes qualify and prepare for the Paralympic Games. As we continue the journey towards Paris 2024, I’m delighted that we are able to give athletes this opportunity to compete on home soil.”

Swansea will also host the IRONMAN 70.3 event on 14 July 2024, one of the most demanding events on the UK triathlon calendar.

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