Paratriathlon

Paratriathlon 

Senior Paratriathletes compete in the Sprint Distance as do Junior Paratriathletes age 16+ in their relative categories. Junior Paratriathletes age 12 – 15 would compete in the Mini (Super Sprint) distance.  Click here for Race distances.  Provincial Teams are selected from fully registered members (not Recreational) competing at Provincial selection events in the ages 16 up to compete at National TSA Championships.  Provincial Teams selected then compete at the Nationals Championships where Triathlon South Africa then selects Age Group teams to compete in World age Group Championships as well as Elite / U23 Elite / Junior Sprint / Paratriathlete teams where athletes to represent South Africa at International Championships.

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There are five sport classes in paratriathlon:

  • PT1 – Wheelchair users. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.
  • PT2 – Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 454,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PT3 – Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 455,0 to 494,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PT4 – Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 495,0 to 557,0 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices..
  • PT5 – Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment

All athletes will need to undergo classification and would need to get classification documents filled out and submitted in order to get a temporary classification until a formal ITU classification can be done.  All Paratriathlon information and documents can be found on the ITU website –

Paratriathlon Information – Click here

Paratriathlon Classification Documents and Downloads – Click here