Paratriathlon

PARATRIATHLON

Paratriathlon:

The Saskatchewan triathlon community is committed to providing access for all athletes classified under paratriathlon who wish to participate in our provincial races. Due to the small number of paratriathletes currently participating in events in Saskatchewan, our primary method of operation is to work individually with all paratriathletes and our race directors to tailor events as possible to allow participation and inclusion. If you are a paratriathlete and wish to enter one of our provincial events, please contact STAC at info@triathlonsaskatchewan.org and we will assist you with entry into the event. 

Pictured Left: Julian Nahachewsky of Saskatoon.

Julian broke new ground for paratriathlon in Saskatchewan in 2012 becoming our sport's first ever paratriathlete. Julian completed his first triathlon at Pike Lake, Saskatchewan in June 2012 at the Craven Genki Pike Lake Triathlon. Julian finished the sprint distance with a time of 1 hour, 38 minutes and 58 seconds. Julian has since competed nationally and internationally including representing Canada at the 2013 World Paratriathlon Championships in London. Julian also participated in the 2013 Saskatoon Subaru Triathlon.

 

Paratriathlon Classifications:

Classifications are based on impairment and functional ability. Medical evidence is required as proof of physical or visual impairment. The six categories as of January 1st, 2008 are as follows :

TRI 1 - Handcycles: Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Polio, Double Leg Amputee. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on bike course and racing wheel chair on run.

TRI 2 - Severe leg impairment including above knee amputees. Athletes must ride bicycles and run with above knee prosthesis (or similar prosthesis) or run using crutches.

TRI 3 - Les Autre: This category includes athletes with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, double leg amputee runners or paralysis in multiple limbs. These athletes will ride a bicycle and run. They may use braces or prosthesis if required.

Pictured: Paratriathlete with a visual impairment and teammate.

TRI 4 - Arm impairment including paralysis, above elbow amputees and below elbow amputees, or impairment in both upper limbs. Athletes may use prosthesis, brace or sling on the bike an/or run.

TRI 5 - Moderate leg impairment including below knee amputees. Athletes ride bicycles and run with prosthesis.

TRI 6 - NEW! Please refer to the attached ITU news release about visually impaired competition rule changes for 2013 2013

Visit Triathlon Canada for more information about classifications for Paratriathletes.


 


CARLY PRIEBE COACHES CANADA'S PARATRIATHLETES IN BEIJING

AT 2011 TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

In September of 2011, Saskatoon's Carly Priebe traveled to Beijing as one of two coaches for Canada’s Paratriathlon World Championships training camp. At the World Championship's, Ottawa's Jennifer Hopkins won gold (les Autre division) forCanada in the Paratriathlon World Championships with Calgary's Kim Wedgerfield, age 53, winning the bronze medal.

Carly was selected by Triathlon Canada as one of two oaches charged with the task of preparing the paratriathletes to compete at the international event. This was the second year that Carly had this amazing opportunity to work with a select group of Canada's best paratriathletes as they prepare for the World Championship race.

Pictured left: Team Canada with Carly Priebe on far left at 2011 World's

Carly said, "(The) most memorable lesson that I tried to convey to the athletes over the week of the camp was that one of the best ways to prepare for international racing is to prepare to feel unprepared. In other words, accept that you might not eat your typical or ideal pre-race meal, accept that pre-race training might be limited by less than ideal conditions (e.g., pool availability), accept that travel will leave you feeling slightly drained... Once you accept these possible barriers and decide that you are going torace well in spite of them, you are a big step ahead of any competition who has not done so and is fretting about them." Carly feels this is an excellent side note for Saskatchewan athletes: As it applies to racing anywhere that is slightly unfamiliar (e.g., out of province) or in less than ideal conditions (e.g., weather)."