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British Triathlon Targets Tokyo With ‘Guides For Gold’ Campaign

By Shantanu Srivastav | August 30, 2018

British Triathlon has announced it will be commencing the ‘Guides for Gold’ recruitment campaign with the specific aim of identifying potential paratriathlon guides who can support the World Class Performance Programme to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

The assessment will take place over two days at Loughborough University on the 4th and 5th of October, putting selected athletes through their paces and discovering who has what it takes to assist some of Britain’s Paralympic heroes in two years’ time.

The UK Sport Lottery-funded ‘Guides for Gold’ campaign follows the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) recent announcement that both men’s and women’s visual impairment category (PTVI) will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic programme, alongside a further six classifications.

This is the second ‘Guides for Gold’ programme, following its successful introduction ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“It’s never been a more exciting time for paratriathlon and we’re now dedicated on creating the best possible environment to allow our athletes to succeed in Tokyo and beyond. Identifying the right paratriathlon guides through ‘Guides for Gold’ is crucial to this success, “ said Jonathon Riall, British Triathlon Paralympic Head Coach.

“Whilst we’re searching for high performers, it’s vital that we select the right individuals to add positively to our existing team. We’ll be looking specifically at individuals’ approach to teamwork and leadership, plus their ability to adapt to changing environments.”

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