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British Para-Triathlon Festival

Congratulations to the ‘Vision of Adventure’ triathletes who competed at the British Triathlon Para-Tri festival (sponsored by Arctic One) on the Bank Holiday at the end of May.

What a day! It was a clean sweep for our VI lady triathletes at the Championships. Andrea Logan took Gold, Katy the Silver and Emily Banks the Bronze. Guides Kath Finn, Kathryn Fielding and Roz McGinty did an excellent job.

The Para-triathlon Championships wasn’t all about the young ladies! In the mens event Paul Cunningham and Dave Barker(guide) put up an impressive performance in a very strong field. Starting with injury (Paul) and Illness (Dave), both found themselves competing against Olympians, Elites and British Tri supported athletes. Although they didn’t make the podium they had a good, solid race.

Linda Gaitskill (veteran), guided by Matt had an amazing swim, completing 750m in open water for the first time and going on to a good bike and run. This is so impressive as 2 years ago Linda, who is completely blind, had never done a triathlon and couldn’t swim!

A special thanks to Linda who also raised money for VoA from sponsorship.

Andrea and Kath walking to the start
Linda and Matt walking to the start
Athletes at the start of the swim holding on to the pontoon
Swimming athletes
Atheletes exiting the water up the ramp
Athletes at the swim to bike transition
Veteran athlete Linda being assisted out of the water by her guide Matt
Overhead shot of athletes holding all their medals in their palms
Andrea and Kath exiting the water
Paul assisting his guide Dave out of the water
Emily and Ross coming out of the water
front view of Andrea and kath crossing a bridge on the cycling course
Andrea and Kath powering their tandem on the cycling course
Emily and Ross crossing a bridge on their tandem
Emily and Ross on the cycling course crossing a bridge
Andrea and Kath on the run circuit
Andrea and kath smiling as they approach the finishing line
Andrea and kath with on the running circuit
Emily and Ross smiling as they approach the finishing line
Emily and Ross running with tether in their hands
Paul and Dave running on the tarmac course
Andrea and Kath on the home straight!
Kath and Andrea inches from the finishing line tape
Andrfea and guide Kath breaking the finishing line tape
Paul towing his guide Dave across the finishing line
Scottish athletes and their guides displaying their finishing medals in front of the swim course
Emily and Ross crossing the finishing line
Finishers displaying their medals in front of the swim course
Athletes showing off their race number tattoos
Silver medal winning athletes photographed in front of the swim course
veteran athlete crossing the finishing line
Veteran athlete crossing the finishing line
Close up of the 1-2-3 medals
Kneeling athletes showing off their goody bags from sponsors
VoA Team occupying the whole podium
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