Paratriathlon : Looking to Paralympics, Rio 2016
At Free2move.org we are confident Paratriathlon will contribute to the Paralympic Movement and inspire people and youth worldwide. It has been a long road to reach this milestone but we know the real work begins now for Mikel, Martin an Phill to dedicate his efforts to delivering spectacular Paratriathlon competitions in Rio 2016. Paratriathlon offers a unique and inclusive global opportunity for athletes of all disabilities to perform at elite levels in a modern, exciting and dynamic sport. Triathlon is a rare sport in which able-bodied athletes compete, side-by-side, with disabled athletes at both the national and international levels.


- Mikel Garmendia - Spain
Mikel Garmendia free2move.org paratriathlete describes the freedom that she feels while swimming, cycling and running. Triathlon is a tough, exciting and dynamic sport in which athletes both able bodied and disabled compete, side-by-side, at both the national and international levels. In its sub-disciplines of swimming, running and cycling it includes three of the most prolific and recognisable medal sports in the history of the Olympic Games.

And within this discipline, paratriathlon has the potential to be the fastest growing sport in the Paralympic Movement, and many of the paralympic athletes who take part are becoming inspirational role models for young people all over the world. Mikel Garmendia is one of them.

As a boy he watched triathlons in San Sebastian with his father vowing that one day, he too would compete in such an event. But fate and a motorcycle accident, in which he lost part of his left leg, put an end to that dream. Or did it?

- Martin Falch - Austria
Chasing success in the World championships.

- Phill Hogg - UK
Phil was recruited to Paratriathlon via a British Triathlon Talent IT initiative. He is one on the finest wheelchair racers in the country. Phil broke his back in 1991 after being involved in a cycling accident. This left him paralysed from the waist down.
His achievements in a racing chair include 3rd at the Bupa Great North Run 2012 and 1st Bupa Great Birmingham Run in 2010,11 and 12. He also has 13 caps as a GB international wheelchair basketball player. PHIL Hogg has the Rio 2016 Paralympics firmly in his sights after winning gold at the European Paratriathlon Championships in Turkey.“I am 100% dedicated to this sport and to have the 100% support of my wife and parents, SALTO Systems and free2move.org social project helps me focus and achieve my goals."
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