On Sunday 1st March, local triathlete and WaldenTRI member, George Peasgood took part in the first round of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series, in Buffalo City, South Africa. The race consisted of a 750m open water swim with a beach start into the Indian Ocean, where the water temperature was 16'C, followed by a 2 lap, 20km bike and finally a 2 lap 5km run along the beachfront.
George, one of six members of the GB Paratriathlon squad participating there, was competing in the hotly contested PT4 class, whose athletes have either a below elbow or below knee impairment. This inaugural event in the eleven race series, set the scene for this important year, as countries compete to gain places for the 2016 Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.
Following George's move to Loughborough to study Sports Science, where the Paratriathlon squad are based, he has put in considerable effort in his training and this was reflected in him posting the fastest swim split of the day, of any category in 12: 35. This enabled him to maintain the lead right through the bike section, with him only being passed during the run, which is his weakest discipline of the three. George finished second in his category, bringing home a silver medal